May 26, 2017

UAT faculty and students collaborate with Hollywood players for action film “Mitch Rapp: Off Book”

James Morrison, Prof. Paul DeNigris, Andy McDermott, and Ayman Samman




Professor Paul DeNigris, Program Champion for Digital Video at University of Advancing Technology, was recently recruited by Hollywood actor and fitness model Andy McDermott (Hawaii 5-0, Sons of Anarchy) to produce a short film based on Vince Flynn’s bestselling novels about All-American counterterrorism agent Mitch Rapp. McDermott, a long-time fan of the 15-book (and growing) series, was disappointed to learn that CBS Films had cast teen heartthrob Dylan O’Brien as the hardboiled hero for their upcoming feature film adaptation of American Assassin, and he wanted to put his own stamp on what he described as his “dream role” before O’Brien’s…

Arizona Tech Council Presents “Technology & Commerce” with U.S. Senator Jeff Flake

us senator jeff flake speaking at university of advancing technology.




Technology continues to evolve around us changing the landscape of businesses and how they operate on a global scale. On Thursday, Jan. 26, the Arizona Technology Council is pleased to present a roundtable with U.S. Senator Jeff Flake speaking on the current state of “Technology & Commerce,” including International Trade (BAT, NAFTA, TPP) and many other technology-related topics such as H1-B’s, patent reform, Email Privacy Act as moderated by Steven Zylstra, President and CEO of the Arizona Technology Council. UAT faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to attend this opportunity to meet directly with Senator Flake, a strong champion of…

DV students produce “Change Agent” documentary for One Community




As in years past, the Digital Video Program at University of Advancing Technology has partnered with One Community to produce their annual “Change Agent” honoree video. This year, the video showcases Dennis and Janine Skinner who are the parents of three children, one who is a lesbian and one who is a transgender man. As people of faith and as active allies in their community, they have worked to educate and raise awareness of gay and transgender issues in their community. The video was shot by students Andrew Aguirre, Patrick Kebert, and Brandon Scott, and was edited by Aguirre. Professor…

Bubble Wrap: Pop A Palooza – Now on Google Play

Bubble Wrap PopAPalooza




Do you have friends or siblings who like to pop Bubble Wrap? Most people enjoy this simple, yet satisfying task, which is why it’s the perfect idea for a video game! “Bubble Wrap: Pop A Palooza” was produced by Ara Shirinian, Principal Designer at WePlay Media and Tyler Weiss, a UAT student dual majoring in Game Programming and Advancing Computer Science, in partnership with Sealed Air, the official Bubble Wrap brand. Bubble Wrap: Pop A Palooza is a fun game with fundamentals which resemble the old “Whack A Mole” carnival game but replaces the mole with fun activities and gameplay…

DEF CON 24

DEFCON Hacking Conference




DEF CON is one of the oldest and largest continuously running hacker conventions, which seems to continue growing each year. UAT will make its usual rounds at DEF CON to connect with alumni as well as many like minded technology-driven individuals. Originally started in 1993 by The Dark Tangent, DEF CON is a unique experience for each con-goer. All events at DEF CON were conceived by the attendees. Some people play capture the flag the entire time, while many people never touch a computer at DEF CON. Some people see every speech they can, while others miss all the talks….

Ouroboros – Award-Winning Short Sci-Fi Film Finishes Year-Long Film Festival Tour




After a year on the film festival circuit across the nation, UATDV’s award-winning sci-fi drama short “Ouroboros” is now available for public viewing on our YouTube channel. Based on an original story idea by Digital Video Program Champion Professor Paul DeNigris, “Ouroboros” was directed by student Alexander Broderick from a screenplay crafted by student Vanessa Schell. Evanne Carter produced, Annie Winn was the cinematographer, and David Ford oversaw visual effects. All of these students have since graduated and begun their professional careers, building upon their experience making “Ouroboros” among other school projects. “Ouroboros” tells the story of quantum physicist Dr….

Avnet Tech Games Held at UAT

Avnet Tech Games




Mark your calendar for the Avnet Tech Games to be held April 2, 2016 at University of Advancing Technology in Tempe, Arizona. The Avnet Tech Games (ATG) is an annual college technology competition that provides students with an opportunity to apply what they learn in school to real-world scenarios. Students compete in teams and each winning team member is eligible to receive a scholarship! Thousands of students will graduate and apply for the same jobs, but the ones who get the best jobs have one thing in common: experience outside the classroom. Adding the Avnet Tech Games to your resume can be…

UAT Sponsors PPCS Middle School Science Fair

PPCS Science Fair




UAT Professor of Computer Science, Dr. Jill Coddington, recently served as a judge for the Pikes Peak Christian School (PPCS) Middle School Science Fair in Colorado Springs, Colorado. As a Program Lead for the Advancing Computer Science and Robotics & Embedded Systems degrees, Dr. Coddington understands the scientific method and was able to help select winners of the science fair. The winners for each age group were given a UAT T-shirt along with a ribbon and monetary award. Congratulations to the winners! We hope you feel proud when you wear your UAT GEEK shirt. Link to this post!Related PostsStudent Innovation Project…

8 Fun Fall Festivities in Arizona

Fall




Tis the season of pumpkin patches and corn mazes! Haunted houses and state fairs! Art shows and concerts. And of course CARDINALS FOOTBALL! Are you looking for a family friendly event or a night out with friends? Well I’ve found some fun things you can do this Fall in the Valley. Enjoy! Schnepf Farms Pumpkin & Chili Party Every Thursday – Sunday in October Queen Creek, Arizona 21st Annual Schnepf Farms Pumpkin & Chili Party – Hillbilly Bob’s pig races, spooky train rides, live entertainment, carousel, petting barn, 4-acre and Celebrity 10-acre maize, bon fires, pumpkin patch, hayride, Stuntmasters BMX…

Professor DeNigris Selects Short Film Lineup at Herberger Theater’s Festival of the Arts

Festival of the Arts




This year, Professor Paul DeNigris has been asked by the Herberger Theater to program a series of short films for their annual Festival of the Arts on November 7, in downtown Phoenix. As a past participant in the Festival, Professor DeNigris has shown some of his films, but this is the first time they have asked him to run the show. So he has stacked the deck with lots of UAT films as you can see here: http://www.herbergertheater.org/festival-performances/ He is happy to have the opportunity to put many of UAT’s talented student filmmakers on display at an amazing local theater. If you are a connoisseur of independent short…