Phillip A. Ortiz, Ph.D. Associate professor; area coordinator and mentor, Natural Science Center for Distance Learning at State University of New York, Empire State College

Born in Brooklyn, Dr. Ortiz completed bachelors degrees in biology and philosophy at SUNY Binghamton before enrolling in the physiology and biophysics doctoral program at SUNY Stony Brook's School of Medicine, where he studied the regulation of glucose transport. Following graduation he was an American Diabetes Association Fellow at the National Institutes of Health, and then a Trustee's Distinguished Scholar and assistant professor at Skidmore College, where he engaged undergraduates in research projects related to diabetes. Dr. Ortiz is now an associate professor at Empire State College, where he is also serves as Area Coordinator for the Natural Sciences, and chairperson of SUNY's committee for diversity and cultural competence and also his college's Senate. He is deeply concerned about science literacy, education and policy, developing the American talent pool, investing in our future, and the economic competitiveness of the United States. Twitter: "@STEMPipeline"