May 24, 2017

Update on UAT eSports Team That’s Suboptimal, Sitting in Top 16

UAT eSports Team League of Legends




UAT’s League of Legends eSports team That’s Suboptimal had a BYE last weekend due to their top performance. Currently Team That’s Suboptimal is ranked in the Top 16 teams in the West and will play in the Round of 16 on March 4, against University of Southern California USC A. If they win on March 4, they will enter the Regional Quarter Finals or the Top 8 on March 11. Teams that make it to that stage will earn a $1,000 scholarship per player. If they make it all the way to the top team in the Region, they will play…

Try Virtual Reality at Tempe Geeks Night Out

Tempe Geeks Night Out




Come check out a Virtual Reality demo at UAT’s booth at Tempe Geek’s Night Out on Thursday, March 2, from 4:30-8 p.m., at Tempe Public Library. Join Tempe’s Geeks Night Out in its 6th year running, presented by the Arizona Sci-Tech Festival showcasing all things STEAM-related. If you don’t know what STEAM means, it stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics. As technology becomes more and more immersed in today’s world, STEAM jobs will be in extremely high demand and luckily for UAT students, all of our majors offered are 100 percent STEAM. Enthusiasts and Geeks of all ages…

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

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




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 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…

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

CodeDay Phoenix at UAT




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 – Global Game Jam Winner To Be Featured at GDC Play

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




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…

UAT eSports Team Clenches West 6 Division – On To West Regionals!

UAT eSports League of Legends team




UAT does sports, eSports! Yes, you read that right. UAT has a 5-member eSports team called “That’s Suboptimal” who’ve been competing in the Collegiate Starleague League of Legends Competitions for the win. Believe it or not, they are actually killin’ it in the game and are currently undefeated! Team That’s Suboptimal now sits atop the West 6 Division having won out over Cal State Fullerton, Cal State Riverside, Cal State San Bernadino and the Long Beach BeachBoys. Winning their division in regular season play, has earned them a bye this week and they automatically advance to the Round of 32 on…

“When Elephants Fight” Screening at UAT

When Elephants Fight Screening Hosted at University of Advancing Technology




Thanks to Sustainability, Energy and Green Technologies Professor Jill Brumand, UAT will host two screenings on conflict minerals called When Elephants Fight on Tuesday, February 14, at 9:30 a.m,. and 1:30 p.m., in the UAT Theater as part of the Environmental Perspectives class. This special engagement is open to everyone at the University and interested members of the community. Professor Brumand encourages staff, faculty, and students to attend. “When Elephants Fight provides insight into the human element of conflict minerals and the impact of technologies we use everyday on the environment. As present and future technologists, we work to build and grow…

UAT Network Security Team Qualifies for Western Regional CCDC

UAT CCDC Team Qualifies for Regionals.jpg




UAT Cyber Security students finished in 4th place at the CCDC Virtual Qualifier over the weekend securing them a spot at Western Regional Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (WRCCDC) on March 24-26, 2017, at the Cal Poly Pomona Bronco Center. UAT students are far from newbs to this competition, as UAT took 2nd place at 2016 WRCCDC. In the zone… UAT’s roster of 11 students including the eight selected participants and three alternates locked themselves in the Cyber Warfare Range an hour prior to competing, in order to brainstorm strategies, review items of interest, and discuss tactics if certain issues arise. It’s…

And The Phoenix Global Game Jam Winners Are…

Phoenix Global Game Jam at UAT




Game developers from University of Advancing Technology and surrounding colleges gathered at UAT for the Phoenix Global Game Jam on Jan 20-22, for an epic weekend of game development. Thanks to sponsors Game CoLab, Clique API, Tobii, NACET, Houdini, Red Bull, and Virtuix for giving jammers access to awesome technology in eye tracking and content creation, epic prize packages and for supplying endless cans of Redbull, keeping devs heavily caffeinated for the entire 48-hour jam. Game devs camped out in every workable space throughout the Commons, New Technologies Lab and Electronic Classrooms collaborating on games Friday night as they developed…