Daniel Finnegan Student Profile

Daniel Finnegan

I graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 2002 with a Bachelors of Science in Computer Science. From there, I went to flight school in Pensacola, FL for two years. After flying for a while, I went to Johns Hopkins for a year and earned a Masters degree in Computer Science. I spent the following two years teaching Computer Science at the Naval Academy, while simultaneously taking prerequisite classes and volunteering at a local clinic on the weekends. I deferred my matriculation for one year while I spent time in Kabul, Afghanistan. I was part of a joint team of Army, Navy, Marine, and Air Force personnel that coordinated travel, accommodations, meals, and meetings for Generals, Admirals, and more senior travelers in Afghanistan. I was born and raised in Richmond, VA. However, I have since lived in Annapolis, MD, Pensacola, FL, San Diego, CA, Norfolk, VA, Virginia Beach, VA, Baltimore, MD, Kabul, Afghanistan and Grafton, MA. I was awarded an Army Health Professions Scholarship. With that, I expect to make an impact in the public health of various international geographic regions. In the future, I have thought about the CDC’s EIS fellowship or the PhD program at Johns Hopkins in Epidemiology with the Infectious Disease track. Currently, I’m exploring projects that have a computer or software aspect to them, such as Digital Disease Surveillance.