July 28, 2017

  • YubiKey

    Computer Science Student Ups His Personal Security With YubiKey




    There are “hackers” at any college but especially at UAT, where some of the best Network Security, Technology Forensics, Network Engineering and Information Assurance students in the state receive their education. That’s why Advancing Computer Science student Christopher Peterson decided to get secure with his logins. He uses a product called YubiKey, which looks like a small thumb drive that you plug into your computer and it generates a unique, 44-digit, single-use passcode that provides a second line of security for your logins, beyond a username and password. “I started using it because I was going to college and their…

  • KalqueLord

    KalqueLord, Created in UAT Game Studios




    The summer semester is winding down, but many UAT Game Studios development teams are still hard at work trying to complete as much work on their games as possible before the Greenlight Celebration on August 13. Each semester, student game developers pitch a game concept to UAT Game Studios Professors hoping to be greenlit into production for the semester. At the end of the term, each team lead presents their game build, hands out team awards and demos the game for the public. During this summer session, six games were created and developed over 15 weeks. The games made over…

  • DV students hit El Rey Network with “Up Route”




    In the Spring of 2015, UAT filmmakers Jordan Wippell and Brandon Scott lead a team of their fellow students to make “Up Route” for the Inter-College 48 Hour Film Challenge. The film won multiple awards, including Best Film, and then went on to be screening in over 16 film festivals worldwide and received BEST STUDENT SHORT at Bruce Campbell’s Horror Film Festival in Chicago. But the little film just keeps chugging along, having caught the eye of the folks at Robert Rodriguez‘s El Rey Network. Rodriguez is one of the filmmakers studied in UAT’s DV program, as he is a great…

  • SARRC Geek Camp at UAT

    UAT to Host College Prep “G33K” Summer Camp for Young Adults with Autism




    Summer Tech Camp Offers Weeklong College Experience to Teens with Autism University of Advancing Technology (UAT) is proud to partner with Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC) and New Way Academy to host the G33K College Prep Summer Camp, the only program of its kind created specifically for young adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to take place the week of July 23 – 29, at University of Advancing Technology’s Tempe campus. Many individuals on the spectrum love computers and possess a skill set well-suited for a career in technology or engineering. Without this camp, there are dozens of…

  • Oculus The Unspoken VR Tournament

    UPDATE: UAT Student Competed in Unspoken VR Game Tournament




    Alumni Jesse Rogers, who studied Game Design at UAT, had the chance to compete in the final stage of Oculus’s The Unspoken VR Tournament for Oculus Rift Touch last month in New York City. Because Jesse made it to the Top 8, he won airfare and a hotel stay in New York City so he could participate in the finals. See our previous blog on how Jesse earned a spot in the Top 8! So how did the tournament go? Jesse checked into the hotel and took a ride to the Microsoft Store on Fifth Avenue. At the studio, he met…

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

Mar 1, 2017

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…

Pancakes at Midnight Anyone

Feb 28, 2017

You can enjoy them too when you visit UAT. Resident Advisor, Christopher Godina (Game Design major), and the rest of the RAs are at your service. At this midnight pancake breakfast in the Founder’s Hall lobby during the UAT Experience, a component of UAT’s Tech Trek technology open house, prospective students embrace the opportunity to learn about our unique degree programs, tour our technology-infused campus, sit in on classes, stay overnight, connect with faculty, eat at the campus café, learn about scholarships/financial aid, visit with campus staff and see campus life up-close. Visit our campus for a taste and find…

Among the First to Demo New Games

Feb 28, 2017

UAT is the hub for many firsts. The first public demo of the cool new UnderEarth game took place at UAT during an Alumni Video Game Release Party. UAT alum and CrackerJack Games, LLC creator Joseph Wilhems (and his team) visited his alma mater to review the immersive, first-person puzzle game—available to play on both PC and Oculus Rift—before its release on Steam. What better place to do this than among a throng of UAT game enthusiasts? This subterranean experience gave students the chance to demo both versions and see Oculus Rift in action. Pure game development innovation, inspired by…

Dave Bolman, Jason Pistillo and Tim Draper at Phoenix Startup Week

PHX Startup Week Presents Silicon Valley VC, Tim Draper at UAT

Feb 23, 2017

Photo: Dr. David Bolman, UAT Provost; Jason Pistillo, UAT President; and guest speaker Tim Draper / Photo credit: Jake Turocy Tim Draper, a Silicon Valley Venture Capitalist spent time with UAT students on Wednesday, Feb. 22, for a Q&A Session about his mission to support small business, startups and young entrepreneurs. This engagement ties in with Phoenix Startup Week, happening all over the Valley from Feb 20-24, 2017. UAT was proud to be part of the larger initiative to promote small businesses in Arizona. During the talk, Tim spoke about his experiences as a Venture Capitalist and lessons he has learned from…

Game Art and Animation Alumni from University of Advancing Technology

Game Art Alumni Describes Dream Job as AAA Texture Artist

Feb 22, 2017

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…

CodeDay Phoenix at UAT

UAT Continues Support of STEM Initiative, As Host of CodeDay Phoenix for 2nd Consecutive Year

Feb 16, 2017

UAT’s Tech-Infused Campus Welcomes Young Programmers for a 24-Hour Development Competition, Two Years Running For the second consecutive year, University of Advancing Technology (UAT) co-sponsors and hosts CodeDay Phoenix, the largest 24-hour youth coding challenge in the state, on UAT’s Tempe technology-infused campus. The event kicks off on Saturday, February 18, at noon, with coders competing continuously for 24 hours and closes with an awards ceremony led by a panel of judges at noon on Sunday, February 19, 2017. CodeDay Phoenix empowers over 110 students ages 8-16, putting the focus on engaging young adults in underserved populations and areas with…

"Whiskered Away" created at the 2017 Phoenix Global Game Jam.

Whiskered Away – Global Game Jam Winner To Be Featured at GDC Play

Feb 15, 2017

Congratulations to UAT Game Studios development team who took first place in the Phoenix Global Game Jam held at UAT on January 20-22. A week from now, the devs will leave for GDC Play in San Fransisco, California to show off their new game, “Whiskered Away,” as the Game Jam’s grand prize sponsored by Clique API. “Whiskered Away” takes place on a beach with cute, colorful cats who are collecting shiny coins that belong to Poseidon. The cats must avoid Poseidon’s wrath as he throws waves at the cats trying to pull them out to sea. If the cats are successful…