By Elizabeth Strauch '04
A frequent discussion in the university communications office lately is, "What are we going to do without Bao?"
I first met Bao Tran '19 when he and his photography teacher, Whitworth adjunct professor Kirk Hirota, collaborated on a photo and video series to thank Whitworth donors. Bao produced the compelling videos in a style unlike anything we'd done before. Did I mention he was a junior in high school?
When Bao was accepted to Whitworth, our office hired him as a student photographer and videographer. He has since captured hundreds of student and faculty portraits for our website, produced dozens of videos, and provided gorgeous photography for this magazine and other projects.
Bao is lighthearted and hardworking, humble and mature, and he puts others at ease when pointing a big lens at them. He has become a trusted colleague and a friend. I've felt privileged to witness how he has refined his photography skills while bringing his future beyond Whitworth into focus.
At Whitworth, Bao discovered an interest in and aptitude for computer science and math. He helped form a computer science club and chartered Fall Break trips to California for club members to visit Silicon Valley companies like Adobe and Google. These trips led Bao into a competitive internship in machine learning with Adobe last summer.
Bao returned to campus with big news. After graduating in May, he will begin working at Adobe in August as a computer scientist for Lightroom, an image editing software. We're thrilled for him, while still in denial that he won't be here this fall. Bao may just be getting started in his career, but he leaves behind a legacy at Whitworth.
Take a look at a gallery of his work.