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The College of Science, Engineering and Technology offers degree programs that prepare students for high-demand professions in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. With an emphasis on Grand Canyon University’s Christian worldview, our college believes in instilling social awareness, responsibility, ethical character and compassion. Our blog, BrainSTEM, focuses on topics related to science, engineering and technology, with engaging contributions from students, staff and faculty. On the blog, you can find helpful resources relating to STEM fields and learn more about current events occurring globally, locally and within GCU. We hope to provide our readers with information that helps them learn about the necessary knowledge, skills and mental disciplines to succeed in today’s job market.
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Contributors

Shelley Gilbert

Administrator, College of Science, Engineering and Technology

Shelley Gilbert headshotShelley relocated from New York in 2013 to be with family. She has been in higher education for many years, as a registrar in a college of health sciences and assistant to the president/CEO of an educational consortium that provides osteopathic medical residencies and post-doctoral medical education programs. She is presently the administrative assistant to Dean of the College of Science, Engineering and Technology Mark Wooden, PhD. Shelley has a people-oriented personality and truly enjoys working with students and faculty. Shelley has a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies. She has previously published 11 articles: six in print in “Practical Pain Management” and “The Forensic Nurse,” and five electronically. Shelley is an accomplished musician and when not working enjoys playing her piano, going to the Phoenix Symphony and exploring her new environment.

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Cherissa Medina, MBA

Coordinator of Pre-Health Professions, College of Science, Engineering and Technology

Cherissa Medina headshotCherissa Medina is a pre-health advisor at Grand Canyon University. She assists students navigating the process of applying to graduate school. She is a Phoenix native and loves it here – you can’t beat the weather and food! Her undergraduate degree is in psychology, and she is pursuing a second master’s degree in psychology. Cherissa has loved learning from a young age and believes in the importance of education. She knew from a young age that she would go to college. She was the first person in her family (extended family, too) to go to college and graduate. She now hopes to help students achieve their dreams of becoming a professional in health care.

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Dr. Will Primack, M.D.

Faculty, College of Science, Engineering and Technology

Primack HeadshotWhen not teaching at Grand Canyon University, Will Primack, MD, can probably be found swimming, biking or running in the Tempe area as he trains for his next Ironman Triathlon. Dr. Primack has been married to his lovely wife Kara for over six years now. They are always finding fun and exciting new adventures, whether it is hiking Half Dome in Yosemite National Park, racing a mud run in the middle of the Arizona desert or volunteering at the local soup kitchen. One of his favorite quotes is by Ironman Founder John Collins: “You can quit and they won’t care… but you will always know.”

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Brian Sillanpaa, M.D.

Assistant Professor, College of Science, Engineering and Technology

Brian Sillanpaa Official GCU headshotBrian Sillanpaa, MD, has been an assistant professor of pathophysiology at Grand Canyon University since 2011. He has also taught and researched at Arizona State University and has conducted bio-behavioral cancer research, funded by the National Institutes of Health, while working for the department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Arizona. Other classes he has taught include embryology, nutrition, and human anatomy and physiology. He has been affiliated with several hospitals, including Scottsdale Healthcare, Maricopa Medical Center and St. Joseph’s Hospital in Phoenix. Dr. Sillanpaa has also been a peer-reviewer for several published articles, published a few of his own and been a frequent speaker at the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life events.

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Ilse Kremer, M.A., M.S.

Faculty & Blog Managing Editor

Ilse Kremer headshotIlse Kremer graduated with a biology degree from Arizona State University in 2000 and subsequently earned a Master of Arts degree in education and a Master of Science degree in biology from the University of Nebraska. Combining her love of science and passion for teaching, she has strived to create interesting, engaging lessons for anatomy students for over 12 years. She is currently working on a Doctor of Health Science degree from A.T. Still University. Born and raised in Belgium, she has a personal dedication to immigrant students and those coming from disadvantaged backgrounds, and she works to implement intervention strategies that enhance college success for all students, regardless of their prior academic history. She has been married for 18 years and has three energetic children that keep her plenty busy. In her spare time, she likes to swim (and occasionally coaches swimming), ice skate, go out to dinner and read.

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