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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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One of the most pervasive stereotypes about tech experts is that they spend all day behind a computer screen and are therefore in poor physical condition. If this stereotype was ever true, it isn’t any longer. Plenty of computer programmers in Silicon Valley these days spend their spare time doing CrossFit and triathlons. So is physical fitness the key to success?

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If you love working in a fast-paced industry in which the only constant is change, then you’ll do well as a computer programmer. Throughout your career, you can help drive the development and implementation of emerging technologies and find ways of improving others. One of the latest technologies to keep your eye on is geofencing. It refers to an automated action triggered by changes in geographical location.

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From robotic surgery to robotic vacuums, there’s no question that robotics will play an even greater role in everyday life in the future. In fact, one of the exciting things about robotics is just how quickly the field changes from one year to the next. If you choose to enroll in the Bachelor of Science in Engineering with an Emphasis in Robotics degree program from Grand Canyon University, you’ll learn to apply your innovative thinking and Christian ethics to this dynamic career path.

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You love computers and you think you might like to work for a software company after you graduate. But you also love to tinker with cars and figure out how to make them run better and you aren’t sure which career path to pick. Clearly, either path would equip you with the skills necessary to compete in a modern workforce but there’s no need to compromise—you really can accommodate both passions with a degree in a STEM field. Cars are more high-tech than ever before and this trend is only likely to grow in the future.

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“The more you know, the more you know you don’t know.” With this famous quote, Aristotle acknowledged that learning is something that lasts a lifetime. Long after you graduate with an information technology degree with a specialization in cybersecurity, you will benefit from the wisdom of the people around you. Excelling in this field requires an inner determination and drive, but it also requires the humility and foresight to know that there is still a great deal left for you to learn. Make a point of actively seeking out the mentorship of other cybersecurity professionals.

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By Isac Artzi, PhD
Faculty, College of Science, Engineering and Technology

“Many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.” (Daniel 12:4)

“Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labor.” (Ecclesiastes 4:9)

The Raspberry Pi miniature computer has sparked the imagination of aspiring computer science professionals and Internet of Things hobbyists since its first introduction in February 2012. Its myriad of uses ranging from an inexpensive computing platform to a robot power source are well documented on thousands on websites. At GCU, a computer science research team is tackling a particular area of computing: the clustering of multiple Raspberry Pi’s in order to build a parallel computer. The idea itself is not new, but the (successful) endeavor epitomizes the type of activities computer science majors pursue.

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By Isac Artzi, PhD
Faculty, College of Science, Engineering and Technology

The current classroom experience across colleges and universities is typically based on one or more of the following: lecture, discussions, hands-on activities, laboratory experiments and knowledge assessment activities. Our applied research team (S.M.U.R.F) in the Department of Computer Science at GCU is investigating the potential of adding a new dimension to the classroom experience: mixed reality, i.e. the combination of virtual reality, augmented reality and interaction with real objects. The use of virtual reality technology while interacting with physical objects in class provides multiple opportunities for enhancing learning activities from a pedagogical and student engagement perspectives. Our team’s current research focuses on the following question: “What is the feasibility of virtual/mixed reality environments as experiential learning environments?”

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Legal hacker, white hat hacker and penetration tester are all names that refer to the same specialty: ethical hackers who apply their skills to test networks and applications, identify vulnerabilities and strengthen cybersecurity. Essentially, it is a career that gives tech enthusiasts all the thrills of black hat hacking, but without the unethical activities or legal consequences. If you find you have an interest in this field, our Bachelor of Science in Information Technology with an Emphasis in Cybersecurity includes a course in Cybersecurity and Ethical Hacking to prepare students to tackle real world challenges.

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