September 19, 2017

  • Programming Jam

    Programming Jam at UAT

    Calling all programmers! The fall semester has begun and it’s time to get busy innovating with a fun Programming Jam! UAT is holding a Programming Jam under the guidance of Computer Science Professor Tony Hinton starting on Friday, September 26, ending with an awards ceremony on October 6 in the UAT Theater. Check out a Raspberry Pi from the Library at UAT. Your team has one week to create ANYTHING! There will be prizes for First, Second and Third Place winners. Register here or reach out to Professor Hinton at Look for this flyer around campus with all of…

  • Chief Science Officer training at UAT

    Chief Science Officer Institute Returns to UAT

    The CSO Institute is back! Between 100-200 middle and high school students will be on campus on Friday, September 15 and Saturday, September 16, preparing to be advocates for STEM. The Chief Science Officer (CSO) program is a project that has been a partnership between UAT and the Arizona Tech Council/AZ SciTech Festival since 2015. What is uniquely great about this program is that it finds teens who love tech and then gives them a deep dive into leadership, networking, communication, social media skills and some advanced tech, as well). The result is that these future programmers and builders are…

  • Business Technology Professor Offer Lean Startup Tips

    UAT Business Technology Professor Offers Lean Startup Advice

    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…

  • Cell phone charging hacks for emergencies like Hurricane Irma

    Phone Charging Hack for Emergencies

    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…

  • Reliable Research Tips for Graduate Students

    Principles for Research

    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…

Safety First!

Mar 11, 2017

UAT student Garrett Tidd (Robotics and Embedded Systems) uses the heat shrink machine in the Robotics Lab to coat exposed cables to prevent the risk of being shocked. One of the many safety protocols and procedures in place to ensure the safety and security of all students, faculty and staff. Nothing is as important as the safety and security of all members of the UAT community.  For more about UAT’s commitment to your safety, visit Link to this post!

Art and Technology in Sync

Mar 10, 2017

UAT students coach ballet dancers with Ballet Arizona on motion capture techniques as they film their graceful, fluid dance moves. (Killian Davies, Jackson Dwyer, Ethan Price, Kenna Draxton, Josh Milano, Joel Albiter, Khirey Sumerall, and Amber Lewis) At this technology University, digital video and game design students gain experience in tracking and capturing live human motion, and applying those motions to digitally created characters and/or models. Often described as the Juilliard of technology, UAT recognizes the correlation between the art of dance and the art of technology. By offering a half-tuition scholarship to current Ballet Arizona dancers, we are opening…

Learning the Art of Character Creation

Mar 9, 2017

UAT student TJ Tapia (Game Art and Animation major) is working with advanced software programs in The Commons to create his character for Advanced Game Character Creation class (GAA440) taught by Professor Lynn Understiller. He’s applying his artistic knowledge and using a critical artistic eye—skills he’s learning in class—and is well on his way to becoming a skilled character modeler.  He and other students apply the techniques they learn to create hyper realistic game characters, creatures and vehicles used for Triple-A titles. Anatomy, automotive design and anthropomorphic creature construction are emphasized in this course. Link to this post!

From software engineer to global entrepreneur

Mar 8, 2017

Meet Merritt Graves, UAT alumnus whose software engineering passion expanded into many areas of technology that today are best represented by UAT’s Business Technology and Digital Maker and Fabrication degrees. He’s earned rock star status as Vice President at Cerberus Capital Management, L.P., one of the world’s leading private investment firms in New York City. It all began when his high school teacher connected him with CAD classes and ultimately to UAT. Link to this post!

Time to Renew & BBQ

Mar 7, 2017

UAT Resident Assistants (RAs) Jenn Taflin and Killian Davies grill burgers and hot dogs for Founder’s Hall residents who gathered for a cookout and hacky sack to celebrate another semester of campus life fun! Founder’s Hall is the center of UAT’s vibrant Residence Life Community. Situated right on campus, Founder’s Hall is just one minute across the quad from your classes and is the perfect complement to the UAT classroom experience. Learn more about life on campus. Link to this post!

Maker Technician Mike Syfritt in the UAT Maker Lab

‘Props Through 3D Printing’ Panel at WonderCon featuring 3D Printed Starlord Mask

Mar 7, 2017

UAT Maker Lab Technician Mike Syfritt is headed to WonderCon to host a panel called “Props Through 3D Printing,” on April 1, at Anaheim Convention Center, a topic which stems from his career as a custom prop fabricator. At WonderCon, he will show off one of the largest 3d print jobs that UAT has seen on campus, a Marvel Guardians of the Galaxy Starlord Mask which was created on a Zortrax M 300 and took over 40 hours to complete. The panel will talk about how to get started building props using 3d printing technology along with information about printers…

Welcoming You to Campus!

Mar 7, 2017

Dr. David Bolman (left), UAT Provost, recognizes the dedicated Experience Leaders (EXL) who make new students feel welcome on campus. Because they successfully completed one full year of service, they are receiving a coveted letter of recommendation from Provost Bolman that will go into their portfolios. EXL leaders are enthusiastic, outgoing student leaders who apply and are selected by UAT to help familiarize new students with the campus, share insights about life at UAT, and help them begin to feel connected and at home. Beginning to feel welcome already? So what are you waiting for? Take a tour today.…