July 16, 2018

Are University Career Services Letting Students Down?

“Follow your passion.” “Take this personality test.” “You will make $75,000.” “Add an objective statement to your resume.” “Just keep applying to jobs online.” “Never give up.” Traditionally, higher education moves slow. But the job market does not. How can university career services departments adapt to better prepare students for the job search grind? Build community. It’s tough to get a job that you actually want by submitting applications into the internet void, even if you optimize your resume with keywords. According to Glassdoor, each corporate online job posting attracts 250 applications. Of those applicants, four to six get interviews….

Global Game Jam Winners: ‘Transmissions’ Well Received

Judging at the 2018 Global Game Jam at University of Advancing Technology

Last weekend, the Global Game Jam (GGJ) took place around the world with UAT listed as the home base for Arizona. UAT students, alumni and local game developers attended the Phoenix Global Game Jam revving out 48-hours of game development and judges said they were impressed! The theme for the 2018 Global Game Jam was “Transmission,” sparking lots of ideas of how to create a game around this. From UAT’s Game Jam location, 29 games were submitted to the website with 17 playable games on display for judging on Sunday evening in the UAT Commons. “We saw completed games developed…

Innovation From Day 1: Provost Challenge

Each semester, Provost Dr. Dave Bolman presents new students with a challenge their first week of college, hence the Provost Challenge. The goal is to have new students show off their creativity and innovation by making something cool and complete. Yes, that project description is vague on purpose, in order to allow students the freedom to unleash their ideas, mix that with the technology we have and find out what their technology savvy minds can do! This semester was particularly cool as three groups of students presents some really awesome projects. Here are the groups and their projects. Tower Jamz…

Opportunity is Right in Front of You

Opportunity is Right in Front of You

Every moment we are observing the world around us. Suddenly, we might recognize something that is strange, problematic or simply curious. Our minds are stimulated. The cognitive switch begins processing information and then takes a brief pause. The pause allows awareness to respond. This can be accomplished sitting at our desks, working out at the gym, caring for others, or during a time of reflection. Awareness is an abstraction of things—or a concept. Awareness can also be propelled by a driving need to do something about what we observed. Doing something activates creative ideas. Acting on creative ideas brings about innovation. Otherwise,…

VR Snowball Fight Created by Game Alumni Monster Vault Entertainment

Chill Out VR Snowball Fight for Arizona Tech Council mixer- created by Monster Vault Entertainment

UAT Game Studios students and alumni from Monster Vault Entertainment Studio will demo a VR snowball fight game called Chill Out, at Arizona Tech Council’s Tech the Hall’s After5 Tech Mixer. Chill Out is a multiplayer virtual reality game for the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive developed by Monster Vault Entertainment. Up to 6 players can engage in a free-form snowball fight set in a snowy Holiday themed arena. Chill Out is unprecedented, as it makes use of Google’s cloud computing platform SpatialOS. This game is the first persistent virtual reality title using this technology. Monster Vault Entertainment’s focus on…

VP of Insight Enterprises, Curt Cornum To Speak at UAT

Curt Cornum VP of Insight

Curt Cornum, Vice President and Chief Architect of Insight Enterprises shares his knowledge with UAT students in a special speaking engagement on Monday, Dec. 4. Cornum plans to speak on the topic, “Creating Real-time Business Solutions in the Age of Innovation,” which will broadly discuss the waves of innovative technologies are rolling in faster than ever before. This session will also examine aspects of these waves and share how several companies are responding with platform-based solutions that optimize operations while also creating new revenue streams. Please join Curt Cornum and UAT students, faculty and staff for this special event! Who:…

UAT Robotics Team Places at Embry Riddle VEX U Tournament

Robotics team participates in VEX U at Embry Riddle

UAT Robotics students took a road trip to participate in the VEX U Robotics Tournament last weekend at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Arizona. While this is not a qualifier for VEX Worlds Championship, it does earn points for qualifying for Worlds. This is the first year that UAT has competed in the early season competition. All of the teams from our league were invited. Early competition gives us the advantage of practicing against real opponents and seeing what the most successful teams are doing as we have time to iterate and improve before the State tournament in February….

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…

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…

Give Students Technology and They Will Innovate

VR demo with Tempe's Mayor Mark Mitchell

Put technology in the hands of UAT students Kenny Vorseth and Ryan McDonald and watch their ideas unfold as they create new ways to use tech devices. Last year, the two-student team developed a cost-effective Head Mounted Display for Virtual Reality, using a 3d printer and materials at UAT. The goal of the project was to create an innovation but also to build a device that actually worked. The long term goal is to decrease the cost by using lower resolution screen. This project wowed professors so much that Kenny and Ryan were asked to show off their innovation at…