June 26, 2017

Virtual Reality Gains Traction in Mainstream Industries

Virtual Reality Degree at UAT




Virtual Reality (VR) has been around for decades, but in the last year VR has been making a name for itself as a rising career in today’s world. What is VR? Virtual Reality is a computer-generated simulation of a three-dimensional image or environment that can be interacted with in a seemingly real or physical way by a person using special electronic equipment, such as a helmet with a screen inside or gloves fitted with sensors. Some examples of Virtual Reality devices include Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, both of which can be demonstrated in the New Technologies Lab on UAT’s…

UAT Announces the Return of the Virtual Reality Degree

Virtual Reality Degree at University of Advancing Technology




UAT’s Virtual Reality Degree Makes a Comeback 25 Years Later The world of Virtual Reality (VR) has been around for decades. Over 25 years ago, University of Advancing Technology (UAT) led the country as the first university in the nation to offer a fully accredited degree in Virtual Reality. Having been created in 1991, the initial VR degree offering may have been a bit before its time, but UAT is pleased to announce that the Virtual Reality degree is back and available to students for the 2016 fall semester. What is Virtual Reality (VR)? Virtual Reality is a computer-generated simulation…

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…

Baking Cookies With A Solar Oven

Solar grill construction




Photo above: Students Will Peterson (Network Security), Matthew Miller (Network Security) and Marlon Burno (Network Security) work together and design their solar oven. Last week, students constructed solar ovens in Professor’s Jill Brumand’s Sustainability in Practice class. Groups of students from all different disciplines brainstormed ideas and turned their plans into man-made solar ovens. This example of a solar oven was designed by Network Security student Will Peterson. He constructed the box to capture and focus sunlight from multiple angles. The main body was constructed out of plywood and the reflectors are old cabinet doors that we covered with tin foil. They are connected with standard…

Avnet Tech Games – 2016 Winners

Avnet Tech Games 2016




On Saturday, April 2, UAT Campus was packed with student innovators prepared to compete in tech games ranging in Network Security, Marketing and Social Media, Robotics and more. Winners were rewarded with scholarships and awesome tech swag, as well as bragging rights against local competitive colleges. Almost 200 students from 16 local colleges showed up making 2016 a year of stiff competition! The 11th Annual Avnet Tech Games included the following STEM challenges: CISCO Network Expert Security Battle, Desktop Domination, HP Fastest IoT Computer Build, IoT Sensor Fusion Challenge, WWT/Palo Alto Server Search, Java Blitz, Robot Race Obstacle Course, Social Media Mania, and Solar Scrimmage. If you…

Live in the Game Jam

live in the game jam




Benjamin Pope, UAT Game Design Alumni and owner of Live in the Game, LLC, is in the process of organizing the company’s first solo Game Jam scheduled for the weekend of April 15-17, 2016, at University of Advancing Technology. Some of you may be wondering, “what is a Game Jam?” Some of you may be wondering, “what is a Game Jam?” A Game Jam is a gathering of game developers for the purpose of planning, designing and creating one or more games within a short span of time, usually ranging between 24 and 72 hours. Game developers are generally made up of programmers, game designers, artists…

New UATDV Film – “Secure. Contain. Protect”




UATDV students have finished their horror comedy “Secure. Contain. Protect” and it’s now on YouTube. There were some very cool “firsts” in the making of this one. We were the first crew to film at the historic Hayden Flour Mill in Tempe (thanks to Kris Baxter-Ging and Chris Hansen in the city government). This was also the first UATDV film to use a drone as part of principle photography (for the “monster vision” sequences in the Mill). Synopsis: “A secret government organization called “The Foundation” protects society from supernatural creatures. When one of the creatures classified as “SCP-106″ escapes containment, hapless friends…

UAT Digital Video Casts Actor Tony Amendola in New Film, “Toppled”

UAT Digital Video




UAT Digital Video is thrilled to announce that actor Tony Amendola has been cast in the next project to be directed by Professor Paul DeNigris, called “Toppled.” Mr. Amendola is perhaps best known for his role in the sci-fi series Stargate SG-1 as the noble Jaffa warrior Master Bra’tac. More recently he has appeared on sci-fi series Continuum and fantasy series Once Upon a Time and was one of the key voices in the video game Fallout 4. “Toppled” was written by Ayman Samman who previously collaborated with UATDV on “Parallax” and on “Red Sand: A Mass Effect Fan Film” and…

First Cyber Security Degree College in Arizona Marks 15 Years of Elite Graduates

Cyber Security Degree at UAT




Originating and leading cyber security degree education in Arizona, University of Advancing Technology (UAT) is marking 15 successful years since the inception of its elite Network Security degree program. The longest-running cyber security degree program in the state has prepared more graduates from a NSA- and CAE-credentialed education than any other university’s cyber program in Arizona. As a result, they have taken their place among the nation’s top cyber security professionals and help to meet growing demand that recently surpassed 200,000 job openings. Prior to cyber security becoming part of the U.S. vocabulary, UAT launched the Network Security degree, now…

UAT Hosts Chief Science Officer Training for High School Students Interested in STEM

Chief Science Officer training at UAT




On Saturday, September 26, UAT will host 50-80 high school leaders, tech students and STEM advocates, from approximately 30 high schools in Arizona for Chief Science Officer training. This 1-day camp will give students tips in leadership, communication, teamwork, branding, and so much more in order for these individuals to give STEM a voice in Student Government at their schools. Student Government is usually comprised of political officials, a president, VP, secretary and treasurer, but this program will add the Chief Science Officer, a position supporting science, technology, engineering and assisting geeks to become better communicators and advocates for STEM. UAT was involved when…