Andrew, Sextant

Andrew Cole is a software consultant in Seattle. He’s working on an online game about insects that fight each other.  Your 8- to 12-year-old son will think it is totally awesome. In past jobs, Andrew has screen-printed T-shirts and smeared shampoo on people’s backs.

Andrew bikes in the summer and skis in the winter. He roasts coffee and makes wine at home and has an overly-complex system of electronics to monitor the fermentation process live on the internet. Andrew enjoys taking things to extremes and now here we are, driving to Mongolia.

Sarah, Obstacle Avoidance Specialist

Sarah, Obstacle Avoidance Specialist

Sarah Olmstead is a doctoral fellow at the Pardee RAND Graduate School in Santa Monica, CA. Her dissertation focuses on water management in Central Asia. We will not make you read it.

An avid explorer, (and recreational statistician) Sarah has traveled to 13% of the countries in the World, living for extended periods of time in South Africa, the Dominican Republic and Mexico. She has a Masters degree in Physics from the University of Minnesota and has worked for a number of social justice and human rights organizations including the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Parliamentary Monitoring Group and the Black Sash in South Africa, and the Movimiento de Mujeres Dominico-Haitiana in the Dominican Republic.

In her free time Sarah camps, hikes, scuba dives, makes furniture and art, works on her motorcycle and practices the Turkish fiddle.

Anand, Keen sense of direction

Anand, Keen sense of direction

Anand Patil works at Oxford University, developing next-generation Bayesian geostatistical methods for characterizing and predicting the distribution of human malaria. He does not talk about work at bars, and if he does, it’s time to send him home. He studied physics at Harvey Mudd College and received his PhD from University of California Santa Cruz.

Anand was born in Detroit to an Indian father and an American mother. His parents were uncompromising in their efforts to keep him connected with his cultural roots, and throughout his childhood he attended both church and the local Hindu temple, spending winter vacations in his father’s hometown in India and summers road tripping through the American West.

Anand has climbed all over the US, worked at the University of Alaska museum, hiked in the Himalayas, ridden a bike through Pinar del Rio province in Cuba and researched sickle cell disease in Gujarat, India. He enjoys playing the ukulele and banjo, outdoor activities, and general tinkering. These days he spends much of his free time at the pub, because he lives in England.

Jessie, Unflappable Positive Attitude

Jessie, Unflappable Positive Attitude

Jessie Wender is the Senior Picture Researcher at The New Yorker magazine.

She grew up in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and after graduating from Scripps, Jessie moved to Los Angeles where she worked for Stephen Cohen Gallery as the director of Photo LA, and for the photo agency VII. In 2006 she moved to New York to pursue a career in journalism as a photo editor. She has worked in the photo departments of Time Inc., Esquire and The New Yorker.

She has fond memories of braving a Swedish winter, running the LA marathon, mountaineering in Alaska and hiking in the Himalayas. In this lifetime she’d like to go to Antarctica, get a higher degree and do a triathlon. In the next one she’d like to be a badger. Jessie lives in Brooklyn and enjoys running in the park.

For more information on everyone, see the “Meet the Team” category.