October 17, 2017

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UAT Hosted 2nd Annual Cyber Security Open House

2nd Annual Cyber Security Open House

UAT held the 2nd Annual Cyber Security Open House on Thursday, Oct. 12, in conjunction with the national cause, Cyber Security Awareness Month. UAT Cyber Security professors Wayne Kibbe and Mason Galatas teamed up to present a slideshow on the basics of cyber security and how to protect yourself the best you can from hackers. Professor Wayne Kibbe said, “Cyber Security education is very important for several reasons. First, the demand for cyber security skills is rapidly growing and US Labor Department reports claim shortages for the foreseeable future. Second, as more and more devices connect to the internet, the…

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UAT Promotes Cyber Security Awareness Month with Tips & Anecdotes

White Hat Hackers

UAT has led the way in cyber security since the late 90s, writing the rule books for cyber security education in Arizona. Marking over 20 successful years since the inception of its elite Network Security degree program, UAT is proud to participate in Cyber Security Awareness Month, during the month of October, allowing our faculty of experts to share important information on cyber security with the public. UAT recognizes the importance of training cyber security experts, in its students, alumni, faculty and in local members of the community. We have compiled a few tips and anecdotes about our students below….

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Professor Jill Brumand’s Sustainable Waste Activity Grew Wheels

Sustainability Class Project

Professor Jill Brumand asked her students to bring in trash to their Sustainability in Practice class on Thursday, Oct. 5. Why, you might wonder? Good question! Professor Brumand wanted the students to learn the value of “cradle-to-cradle” concepts which encourage students to see what is traditionally classified as waste as something that can be inputs into a new system. This also helps support students’ ability to innovate and work toward a goal with a scarcity of traditional resources. The activity grouped students randomly and each group had to work through looking at what materials they had to building a functional…

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UAT Robotics Demos at CactusCon

Robotics Village at Cactus Con 2017

UAT attended CactusCon 2017 in the Robotics Village on Saturday, October 1, at Phoenix Convention Center. UAT Professor Joseph Horen showed off robot demonstrations as well as Arduino programming labs for attendees to learn to program and see the results via the hardware. The Robotics Village was a new edition to Cactus Con but turned out to be a popular event for 8-17-year-olds who wanted to learn about Cyber Security and Robotics. Link to this post!Related PostsV.A.S.T. Students Innovate Foot Mount for HTC Vive Bust’a Worm: From Game Jam to Steam Greenlight UAT Partners with East Valley Institute of Technology…

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UAT Students Form Teams for Extra Life Gaming Fundraiser

UAT Students Form Teams for Extra Life Gaming Fundraiser

In one month, UAT students, alumni and the UAT eSports Club are on board for the Charity event Extra Life Game Day, a 24-hour fundraising and gaming and streaming marathon, raising money for the San Jorge Children’s Foundation located in Puerto Rico as a relief aid due to the recent catastrophe by Hurricane Maria. This event streamed virtually on Nov. 4, will coincide with the UAT Experience prospective student visit and will draw a huge crowd of game enthusiasts to campus. UAT has five teams competing in a variety of games ranging from League of Legends, Dungeons & Dragons, Overwatch…

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Professor Hue Henry Guest Lecturing on Game Programming at West-MEC

Hue-Henry game programming professor

On October 10, Professor Hue Henry will be speaking to students at Western Maricopa Education Center (West- MEC) about game programming and getting them excited about possible careers as game programmers. Some of the topics Professor Henry will discuss include how the tools and techniques used in a traditional, web-programming environment are also useful for those interested in pursuing a career in Video Games. Professor Henry said, “It is always exciting to get the chance to speak with the next generation of developers and innovators and help them to understand the unique opportunities that game programming can provide.” West-MEC is…

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“Dog Robot” Pays a Visit to STEAM Night at Power Ranch Elementary

STEAM Night at Power Ranch Elementary

Robotics and Embedded Systems student Kenneth Vorseth along with Professor Jill Coddington attended STEAM Night at Power Ranch Elementary on Thursday, Sept 21, showing off the 6-wheeled “dog robot” along. The “Dog Robot” was very exciting for the kids, and Kenneth had an excellent demo of the vision system including a good field test experience. This was a time to demonstrate robots and STEAM-related technologies. UAT faculty and students were a huge hit with the 6 wheeled dog robot as well as a vision system. Professor Coddington also enjoyed chatting with parents who work in industry and the Higley High…

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Founder’s Game Jam

Founders Game Jam at UAT

The 2017 Founder’s Game Jam took place at UAT the weekend of Sept. 22- 24 spreading a spark of game development inspiration around campus. This year’s theme was plants. Students had 48-hours, beginning on Friday afternoon, and ending on Sunday evening, to break into teams, come up with an idea, assign jobs and get to work. Because the fall semester had just began, it was exciting to see many new faces creating games together in the commons over the weekend. “I was pleasantly surprised by the large number of first time game jammers and first semester students that decided to…

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Game Studies Team Provides VR Support for USA TODAY’s Project “The Wall”

The Wall Border VR Project with USA TODAY

Five UAT Game Studios students worked on a project called, “The Wall: Unknown Stories, Unintended Consequences,” under the leadership of USA TODAY NETWORK and The Arizona Republic. After 15 weeks of research and development, “The Wall,” launched on Sept. 20. “The Wall” is a in-depth project that provides a visual representation of President Donald Trump’s mission to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. UAT Game Studios Program Champion Derric Clark selected students for the development team and created a special topics class called SPT 323: The Wall. Acting as a supportive team, students created virtual reality (VR) worlds modeling…

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Cactus Con 2017

cactus con 2017 cyber security conference in arizona

Cactus Con is a local cyber convention that began in 2012 and has been growing each year. Considered to be Arizona’s Defcon, Cactus Con may be the biggest local/regional hacking, cybersecurity conference in Arizona – not to mention, it was started in part by UAT alumni. This year Cactus Con will include a robotics village and organizers have asked UAT to run it. UAT Robotics Professor Joseph Horen will be on-hand at Cactus Con to show off robots, drones and answer questions about the program. UAT will also bring Rasberry Pi and Arduino tech applications. The idea is to have…

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