August 21, 2017

V.A.S.T.

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Data breaches, identity theft, phishing schemes and large scale hacks happen all day, every day. When solving cyber crimes, it’s challenging for a first responder to capture critical information from a computer at a crime scene in the heat of an investigation without the in-depth training that UAT Network Security students received. To solve this problem, Network Security alumni Will Peterson struck up a conversation with Professor Frank Griffiths, who teaches forensics at UAT and formerly worked for the Scottsdale District Attorney. Will and a four other Network Security put their heads together for their Student Innovation Project and created…



Cyber Security Alumni to Hold 2-Day Training at Black Hat Under New Startup Antimatter Security, LLC

Antimatter Security LLC

Cyber Security alumni have created a startup company for penetration testing called AntiMatter Security, LLC. The team consists of William Peterson (Network Security, Technology Forensics), Stephen Chicosky (Network Security, Network Engineering), Kenny Welch (Network Security), Roger Brambila (Network Security, Advancing Computer Science) and Roger Allen (Network Security, Advancing Computer Science) all who earned their degrees from UAT. These students have been to Black Hat Briefings as paid volunteers in the past. This year, they will return to the conference as trainers teaching two 2-day classes they developed called “Attacks Over GSM With Project Mayhem.” Participants will immerse themselves in the world…



Cyberpunk Casanova

Cyberpunk Casanova video game

After a long journey, UAT Game Design alumni Godric Johnson is excited to announce that a game demo that he’s been working on for some time called Cyberpunk Casanova is available for download! Cyberpunk Casanova is a dystopian visual novel that incorporates the goal of creating a visual novel with a western approach. To achieve this and maintain balance with what fans like about the genre, the team decided to contrast the “grimdark” setting with bright and vibrant artwork. The game devs also made a decision to raise the danger level. Choices you make in game will not only influence how…



Game Art Alumni Describes Dream Job as AAA Texture Artist

Game Art and Animation Alumni from University of Advancing Technology

Dennis Porter, an alumni who studied Game Art & Animation at UAT, graduated in December 2013. Since gaining experience in the field over the last few years, Dennis has learned a lot about what it takes to break into the AAA Game Industry as an artist. In case you weren’t aware, it’s quite the competitive market to land your dream job. Currently, Dennis is working as Texture Artist at Certain Affinity Game Studio in Austin, Texas, where he works on a team of four members who are responsible for creating physically accurate textures for the studio’s projects. Dennis collaborates with…



Congratulations to Alumni Daniel Sontag on Winning First Emmy Award

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Daniel Sontag, a Digital Video Alumnus who attended UAT from 2005-2009, won his first Emmy in the Lone Star Regional Emmy’s for the Promotion/ Program Award category on October 15, 2016. Daniel works as a Manager of Brand Marketing at NBC 5 Dallas/Fort Worth, which is the fifth largest market in the United States, which means their viewership is very saturated and has a loyal audience. NBC 5 DFW’s veteran Chief Meteorologist David Frinfrock has been with the station for 40 years, but has plans to retire in a few years. To welcome new meteorologist Rick Mitchell to the team,…



Get Your Copy of Fantasy Novel, “Origin: The Nameless Celestial,” Written by UAT Alumni Aaron R. Allen

Origin the Nameless Celestial by UAT Alumni Aaron Allen

UAT alumni Aaron Allen has created an awesome book series entitled, “The Origin Saga,” featuring book cover illustrations by UAT alumni. This series features an in-depth story line, original artwork and interesting characters. We wanted to find out more about how Aaron came up with the idea for the Fantasy novel, “Origin: The Nameless Celestial”. Find out more in our interview with Aaron below. What was your major at UAT? Aaron: My major was multi-media. However, I did take as many writing classes as possible. When did you graduate? Aaron: Way back in 2007 Can you tell us about the Fantasy…



UAT Alumni 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…



UAT Students Playtest Alumni Game at VR Release Party

UnderEarth by CrackerJame Games, UAT Game Studios alumni

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…



Alumni Game: Support Cyberpunk Casanova

Cyberpunk Casanova

UAT Alumni Godric Johnson is currently developing “Cyberpunk Casanova,” dystopian visual novel thriller set in a dark future where the decisions you make can lead to Money, Romance, Danger and even Death for indie game development company Jetstreame. The Kickstarter and Steam campaigns for Cyberpunk Casanova both went live on Valentine’s Day 2016. Cyberpunk Casanova is what we like to call a dystopian dating sim. It is our goal to create a dating sim with a western approach. To achieve this and maintain balance with what fans like about the genre, we decided to contrast the “grimdark” setting with bright…



Animation at UAT | Fruition of the Damned – Book 1: Prelude to Rapture

Fruition of the Damned Web Comic Series

UAT alumni and valedictorian Nicholas Azevedo has created an awesome web comic series entitled, “Fruition of the Damned: A World’s Tale,” which is a character-driven fantasy saga that follows four brothers who come of age in the wake of a global tragedy, sealing their fates in a quest for ultimate revenge. This masterpiece features an in-depth story line, original artwork and interesting characters. We loved the comic and wanted to find out where Nicholas and his team came up with the idea. Find out more in our interview with Nicholas below. What was your major at UAT? (Congrats on being…