June 26, 2016

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    UAT alum Abraham Stopani publishes first novel

    Abraham Stopani (class of 2004) has hit the Young Adult fantasy literature scene today with his debut novel Terra Soul, under his pen name S.J. Abraham. The book focuses on Ayla, a gawky, photophobic comic book geek who abruptly discovers that the reason she doesn’t fit in on Earth is because she’s not from here. She gets transported to her homeworld of Karanik through a fold in space and she soon discovers that she’s meant to be the heir to a noble house that is embroiled in a war with an alien force and in intrigue with the other noble houses…

  • Behind the Scenes of UATDV’s “Toppled”

    Back in February the UAT Tech Blog reported that the Digital Video Program had cast veteran film and TV actor Tony Amendola in their latest short film “Toppled.” While the film is still being tweaked in post-production and is awaiting its film festival debut, some behind the scenes videos have been released showcasing different aspects of the production. The video above gives the student perspective on the experience of working on the film, which was UAT’s first to be shot on our brand new Blackmagic URSA Mini 4K camera. Working at the “Ultra HD” resolution of 3840 pixels by 2160 pixels…

  • Innovational Challenge

    Students Display Innovative Problem Solving in “Thinking Strategies” Class

    Digital Maker and Fabrication (DMF) Professor Spencer Nelson gave his Thinking Strategies class a challenging assignment. They were asked to design a device or method to be able to “tie” tennis shoe laces with one hand. The device was judged on speed and ease of use. The tie did not have to be a traditional knot, but it had to get the laces out of the way. There are many reasons why a person may only have the use of one hand to tie their shoes so this is a real problem that millions of people face every day. Each team creatively…

  • Digital Video Students Produce Documentary for Valley Leadership

    As part of UAT’s ongoing relationship with Valley Leadership, Digital Video student Andrew Aguirre recently headed up a team of DV students to produce a short documentary about one of VL’s community outreach projects, “Experiences of a Lifetime.” The project was a collaboration between Valley Leadership and the Foundation for Senior Living and was designed to grant wishes to senior citizens, ranging from makeovers to outdoor adventures. Aguirre and his team from DVA323 DV Production Studio class shot the documentary on location at CityScape in Phoenix, using Canon 5D Mark II and 7D digital SLR cameras, Tascam and Zoom audio…

  • Solar grill construction

    Baking Cookies With A Solar Oven

    Photo above: Students Will Peterson (Network Security), Matthew Miller (Network Security) and Marlon Burno (Network Security) work together and design their solar oven. Last week, students constructed solar ovens in Professor’s Jill Brumand’s Sustainability in Practice class. Groups of students from all different disciplines brainstormed ideas and turned their plans into man-made solar ovens. This example of a solar oven was designed by Network Security student Will Peterson. He constructed the box to capture and focus sunlight from multiple angles. The main body was constructed out of plywood and the reflectors are old cabinet doors that we covered with tin foil. They are connected with standard…

510XTCZKYCL

UAT alum Abraham Stopani publishes first novel

Jun 24, 2016

Abraham Stopani (class of 2004) has hit the Young Adult fantasy literature scene today with his debut novel Terra Soul, under his pen name S.J. Abraham. The book focuses on Ayla, a gawky, photophobic comic book geek who abruptly discovers that the reason she doesn’t fit in on Earth is because she’s not from here. She gets transported to her homeworld of Karanik through a fold in space and she soon discovers that she’s meant to be the heir to a noble house that is embroiled in a war with an alien force and in intrigue with the other noble houses…

Student Innovation Project

SIP Fair

Jun 23, 2016

The Student Innovation Project, or SIP, gives students a chance to develop an innovative idea and put their creativity to work. As early as their sophomore year, students are asked to begin brainstorming for their SIP, and also have two classes that help students prepare for their project. Students take PRO211, taught by Professor Vita-More, and PRO 483. During senior year, students use most of the time to work on the SIP, constructing a working model that will later be judged at the SIP Fair by UAT Faculty and local industry leaders for feedback. A student’s SIP is a reflection of what…

Behind the Scenes of UATDV’s “Toppled”

Jun 22, 2016

Back in February the UAT Tech Blog reported that the Digital Video Program had cast veteran film and TV actor Tony Amendola in their latest short film “Toppled.” While the film is still being tweaked in post-production and is awaiting its film festival debut, some behind the scenes videos have been released showcasing different aspects of the production. The video above gives the student perspective on the experience of working on the film, which was UAT’s first to be shot on our brand new Blackmagic URSA Mini 4K camera. Working at the “Ultra HD” resolution of 3840 pixels by 2160 pixels…

Innovational Challenge

Students Display Innovative Problem Solving in “Thinking Strategies” Class

Jun 20, 2016

Digital Maker and Fabrication (DMF) Professor Spencer Nelson gave his Thinking Strategies class a challenging assignment. They were asked to design a device or method to be able to “tie” tennis shoe laces with one hand. The device was judged on speed and ease of use. The tie did not have to be a traditional knot, but it had to get the laces out of the way. There are many reasons why a person may only have the use of one hand to tie their shoes so this is a real problem that millions of people face every day. Each team creatively…

Digital Video Students Produce Documentary for Valley Leadership

Jun 20, 2016

As part of UAT’s ongoing relationship with Valley Leadership, Digital Video student Andrew Aguirre recently headed up a team of DV students to produce a short documentary about one of VL’s community outreach projects, “Experiences of a Lifetime.” The project was a collaboration between Valley Leadership and the Foundation for Senior Living and was designed to grant wishes to senior citizens, ranging from makeovers to outdoor adventures. Aguirre and his team from DVA323 DV Production Studio class shot the documentary on location at CityScape in Phoenix, using Canon 5D Mark II and 7D digital SLR cameras, Tascam and Zoom audio…

Solar grill construction

Baking Cookies With A Solar Oven

Jun 16, 2016

Photo above: Students Will Peterson (Network Security), Matthew Miller (Network Security) and Marlon Burno (Network Security) work together and design their solar oven. Last week, students constructed solar ovens in Professor’s Jill Brumand’s Sustainability in Practice class. Groups of students from all different disciplines brainstormed ideas and turned their plans into man-made solar ovens. This example of a solar oven was designed by Network Security student Will Peterson. He constructed the box to capture and focus sunlight from multiple angles. The main body was constructed out of plywood and the reflectors are old cabinet doors that we covered with tin foil. They are connected with standard…

UnderEarth by CrackerJame Games, UAT Game Studios alumni

UAT Students Playtest Alumni Game at VR Release Party

Jun 14, 2016

CrackerJack Games LLC paid a visit to alma matter University of Advancing Technology to hold the first public demo of UnderEarth at an Alumni Video Game Release Party on May 19, 2016. UnderEarth is an immersive, first-person puzzle game available to play on both PC and Oculus Rift, slated to launch sales on Steam in June. The UnderEarth team flew in to Arizona from different states for the essential opportunity to gain real-time reactions and feedback from the active gaming community, what better place to find such a devoted pool of game enthusiasts, but at UAT! Game synopsis: Following Valvorta…