I am Andrew McDowell. I started the Extended Immunity Foundation (EIF), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, in January 2019. While attending a conference the year before I realized just how dangerous viruses are and how little we know about them. My background is in Remote Sensing and Geospatial Information Systems and I saw my industry change dramatically over a decade as more and more sensors were launched into space or flown around on unmanned aircrafts.
Extended Immunity Foundation was founded under the conviction that the same technology that benefited my industry can benefit virology as we use analogous technology to scale up the rate of viral surveillance.
Outside of EIF, I am an employee of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and I currently live in Wiesbaden, Germany where I am staffed on a joint assignment with the US Army. My past work includes time with the US Air Force and BAE Systems. I have deployed to Qatar (2007), Iraq (2009), and Afghanistan (2019). I am a current graduate student at Syracuse University and I have an MBA from Champlain College and a BA in Geography from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.