Shep Doeleman received his B.A. from Reed College in 1986, and left soon after for a year in Antarctica where he ran multiple experiments in the polar cusp program at McMurdo Station on the Ross Ice Shelf. With an appreciation for the challenges and rewards of instrumental work in difficult circumstances, he returned to complete a PhD in Astrophysics at MIT. Now as an astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian center for Astrophysics, he leads an international collaborative project called the Event Horizon Telescope whose goal is to image the event horizon of a black hole: the boundary where gravity is so strong that even light cannot escape. When complete, this project will address several fundamental questions about the Universe: do event horizons exist? does Einstein’s theory of gravity break down near a black hole? how do black holes affect the evolution of galaxies?