July 27, 2017

Student Innovation Project Fair – Fall 2016

Student Innovation Project Fair at UAT




The Student Innovation Project Fair (SIP) gave senior-level students a chance to present an innovative project to fellow classmates, faculty and staff. The SIP component is a requirement upon all students before graduation. The SIP is a reflection of the UAT Experience – developing ideas, prototyping the ideas into viable projects, and building the projects. This exercise also serves as a tangible project to showcase for future job opportunities. Under the guidance of Professor Natasha Vita-More, this fall semester students presented over 20 amazingly creative projects at the SIP Fair on Dec. 15. Please see the list and descriptions of innovations below. Student…

UAT Partners with Warriors Heart to Offer STEM Scholarship for Veterans Suffering from PTSD

UAT Veteran Scholarship




UAT is offering veterans a chance to pursue a STEM career by partnering with Warriors Heart to advance job skills of alumni who complete their 28-day peer-to-peer healing program. Warriors Heart is the first and only private treatment center for “Warriors Only” (veterans and first responders) in the U.S. dealing with substance abuse, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and/or psychological effects of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (MTBI). The partnership began when UAT President Jason Pistillo met with Warriors Heart CEO and Co-Founder Josh Lannon at a Young President’s Organization (YPO) meeting. Pistillo recognized the need to offer scholarship for veterans…

UAT Welcomes Southern Colorado Girls STEM Initiative to Future You University

UAT Welcomes Southern Colorado Girls STEM Initiative to Future You University




The Southern Colorado Girls STEM group lead by Professor Jill Coddington, UAT Program Champion in Advancing Computer Science and Robotics, spent the weekend at UAT’s Tempe campus for a Future You University event during June 10-13, to offer these students a taste of the technology-infused innovation that surrounds our students each and every day.  These 17 middle school students won a STEM competition and their prize was a technology-filled experience at UAT. Over the weekend, the girls participated in workshops and seminars, campus tours, a weekend stay in UAT Founder’s Hall dormitory, Veggie car races, a 3D printing demo, Innovation Games,…

UAT Network Security Experts Featured in Ransomware Story

Ransomware interview with Fox10 Phoenix and UAT Provost Dave Bolman




What is ransomware and how should one handle it? In the UAT Cyber Warfare Range, Provost Dr. Dave Bolman and ‎Network Security‬ Professor Al Kelly comment on ‪ransomware‬ and how to handle the threat in a FOX 10 Phoenix interview with special assignment reporters Kristy Siefkin and Tishin Donkersley.  Ransomware – a type of malware that can be covertly installed on a computer without the knowledge of the user which restricts access to the infected computer system and demands that the user pay a ransom to the malware operators to remove the restriction.  The topic of ransomware is frequently discussed in the news…

Brad Jannenga, Co-Founder of WebPT, to Receive UAT Honorary Doctorate Degree

Brad Jannenga, Co-Founder of WebPT, to Receive University of Advancing Technology Honorary Doctorate Degree




UAT Acknowledges Technology Entrepreneur at Annual Commencement Ceremony Each year, University of Advancing Technology (UAT) recognizes inspirational leaders in technology who have successfully forged a path for our graduates to emulate. UAT is delighted to present Brad Jannenga, Founder of WebPT, with one of this year’s Honorary Doctorate Degrees to be awarded at the UAT Commencement Ceremony on May 6, 2016, at Mesa Arts Center. Jannenga is an investor, an entrepreneur, a veteran technologist highly experienced in software development and an active leader in the burgeoning Phoenix tech ecosystem. As co-founder of WebPT, one of Arizona’s most successful SaaS companies,…

UAT to Provide Dancers of Ballet Arizona Opportunity in Higher Education

Dancers of Ballet Arizona Scholarship




UAT to Offer Ballet Arizona Dancer Scholarship University of Advancing Technology (UAT) to offer dancers of Ballet Arizona a higher education opportunity to earn a technology degree by presenting the UAT Dancers of Ballet Arizona Scholarship. According to Kenna Draxton, of the Artist Relief Fund, “The career of a ballet dancer is often seen as glamorous and blessed, perfecting an art they love, but the tale that is rarely told is the end of a dancer’s career, which if a dancer is lucky extends only into their mid-thirties.” Typically, the end of a dancer’s career is met with uncertainty of…

UAT to Launch Certificate Programs in Cyber Security and Computer Science Programming

University of Advancing Technology




New Career Advancing Opportunities for Cyber Security and IT Professionals University of Advancing Technology (UAT) now offers the option to earn a professional certificate in technology-centric disciplines. These certificate options derived from the reality that local business is starved of technology talent and as such find themselves having a difficult time scaling for growth. As a long time partner meeting the needs of business demands, UAT is seeking to impact sector growth head-on. These certificate options afford business owners and executives the ability to grow their company while offering employees seeking career advancement opportunities an affordable option to add professional…

Q&A with Mocap Alumni Erik Link

Erik Link working on Call of Duty Black Ops 3




This year we are excited to welcome alumni Erik Link, a freelance motion capture specialist and animator, back to UAT for a presentation at Tech Forum. We decided to get him warmed up with a Q&A sesh about how he got into motion capture and why networking is so important in the competitive world of game development. Learn more about Erik in his bio and read our Q&A with him below! Erik’s bio: Erik began learning motion capture animation in 2008 through THQ as a mocap intern and kept focusing his craft of mocap animation on various indie films and games through the years. Erik’s…

Boy Scouts to Earn Animation Merit Badge From UAT Professor

Boy Scouts Merit Badge




The Boy Scouts of America Grand Canyon Council will participate in The Merit Badge University during the weekend of October 8-10, where each Boy Scout will choose to learn two merit badges including an option to earn a badge in Animation taught by UAT Art and Animation Professor Jorge Portillo.  Boy Scouts, ranging in age from 11-17, interested in the Animation Merit Badge will visit University of Advancing Technology for a tour on Saturday, Sept. 26, and will complete the onsite requirements prior to The Merit Badge University.  Development Director Steve Pomerantz said, “This is the first year that The Merit…

UAT to Award Scholarship to the Great Arizona Code Challenge Winner

Great Arizona Code Challenge




The Great Arizona <Code> Challenge is happening Friday and Saturday at the Infusionsoft headquarters in Chandler. This 36-hour hackathon invites the best young programmers (3rd to 8th grade) from across the state to compete for prizes. The event is free and the public is encouraged to attend. The MIT Enterprise Forum of Phoenix and the Prenda Code Club host the Great Arizona <Code> Challenge. University of Advancing Technology (UAT) is also a partner of the event promoting STEAM education. UAT will offer the winning individual or team a half-tuition scholarship as a grand prize. UAT President Jason Pistillo said, “From my experiences…