March 20, 2018


UAT Business Technology Professor Offers Lean Startup Advice

Business Technology Professor Offer Lean Startup Tips

Many UAT students will become entrepreneurs and start their own businesses after graduation. Professor Mark Smith teaches Business Technology courses at UAT and has some great tips for how to operate a business under the lean principles. What is a lean startup? Lean startup ideals originated by author Eric Ries, which states that if companies invest their time into iteratively building products or services to meet the needs of early customers, they can reduce the market risks and sidestep the need for large amounts of initial project funding and expensive product launches and failures. When starting an online business, you want…

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AntiMatter Security Talk: Black Hat

AntiMatter Security Talk Black Hat Briefings

Last spring, five Cyber Security alumni created a startup company for penetration testing called AntiMatter Security, LLC. In previous years, these students volunteered at Black Hat Briefings as paid workers, but this year they returned to Black Hat as trainers teaching two 2-day classes they developed called “Attacks Over GSM With Project Mayhem.” The workshops taught participants new attack techniques to help defend networks and how to combine Red Team and Pen-tester prowess to create a less common attack tool, a device that participants will build at the training and can take home with them. With the new Project Mayhem…

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Phone Charging Hack for Emergencies

Cell phone charging hacks for emergencies like Hurricane Irma

UAT Computer Science student Christopher Peterson shows off a phone charging hack for emergencies. With hurricane season underway, this information is useful to residents in the areas affected by Hurricane’s Harvey and Irma. Not to mention, students living in Arizona should always be prepared as the desert is not a great place to be stranded, either. In the event that power is out and cell phone towers are down, a cell phone can be used for the flashlight feature, to photograph the scene and to help first responders locate you by GPS. Materials needed: 9V battery spring from pen car…

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Principles for Research

Reliable Research Tips for Graduate Students

Information: Is It Reliable? Information is not difficult to find. Search engines utilize web databases, reviewers’ blogs and RSS feeds. Practicing research techniques that help you become adept at locating the information you need is easy. But how do you know if the information is accurate or relevant? So, we need an understanding of the diversity of information sources, which are largely developed through varied beliefs and influenced by social interactions. To simplify, the information sources must be evidence-based science, innovative technological facts, non-biased ethical standards, and stem from global mindfulness. Below is a list of 5 ways to determine…

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New DV Work: Loyalty Lies with the Dead – Walking Dead Fan Film

UAT’s Digital Video Program has released its latest epic fan film, this one based on the hit TV series and comic book The Walking Dead. The plot synopsis for “Loyalty Lies with the Dead” is as follows: Returning home from Los Angeles to Arizona, Noa gets her college friends back together – just as the zombie outbreak reaches Phoenix. Together the five of them must survive the undead and the desert wastes to escape to safety. But is Noa hiding something? The film was written and directed by student Brett Chapman, and won “Best in Show” at the UAT Student Innovation…

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Alumni Evan Tappero Lands Job with Crowdstar

Game Design Alumni Hired with Crowdstar

It’s wonderful when alumni return to UAT with good news! Evan Tappero who graduated last year with a degree in Game Design, gave us the scoop on the cool new place that he’s working! See our Q & A with Evan below: Q: What is your current position and at which company? A: My current position is assistant content manager at Crowdstar, which was recently acquired by Glu Mobile. Q: What does an assistant content manager actually do? A: The position is on Crowdstar’s Design Home team, so I deal with the curation of game content for the mobile game…

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Virtual Reality for Business E-commerce

Virtual Reality for business ecommerce- Game Studies Professor Derric Clark

When you think of VR what comes to mind? Video games, most likely. Did you know that Virtual Reality studies can open up new careers that students may have never known existed? Businesses can use virtual reality technology to engage customers in areas like shopping for a dream home, deciding on a vacation experience or a tour of a new restaurant pre-construction. UAT Game Studios Program Champion Derric Clark has seen the development of VR unfold since the early 90s in his time at UAT. Below Professor Clark shares his thoughts on VR’s place in business e-commerce. The core to…

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Alumni Caleb Jacobs Gives Tips for Landing an AAA Game Job

Tips for Landing an AAA Game Job

Game programming alumni Caleb Jacobs landed an awesome job working as a Gameplay Engineer for First Strike Games in Seattle, WA. Caleb believes his degree in game programming and experience at UAT in working on a team helped him prepare for his current position. As the gaming industry is a very competitive market, Caleb wanted to share his tips to get noticed in the industry.  “I just started this job and I can’t definitively say what combination of factors got me the job, but I can say that some of the following are probably the most likely contributing factors.” My resume was…

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World of Martz

World of Martz from UAT Game Studios

We spoke with game creator Khirey Sumerall about current UAT Game Studios team World of Martz. World of Martz is a multiplayer game that combines different genres to create intense combat with strategy and quick decision making skills. The player must also strategize ways to defeat random level events and a vast level to plan where you stalk your enemy in which you can succeed by deception teamwork or free for all. This game also has a day and night cycle that creates level events where enemies will spawn to complicate the head-to-head play between players who have unique abilities…

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On Set in 360!

Alex Beaver’s Student Innovation Project transports viewers behind the scenes and into the middle of the action for the filming of UAT Digital Video’s upcoming military survival film “Instinct.” Written and directed by Killian Davies, “Instinct” tells the story of a Marine helicopter pilot downed in the hostile territory of Yemen, and chronicles her harrowing journey to safe extraction by her fellow Marines. “Instinct” filmed in a variety of amazing Arizona locations, including Pima Air and Space Museum which was kind enough to let the UAT students use their helo simulator for crucial scenes. If you’ve ever wondered what’s it’s…

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