June 23, 2018

  • How to Become a Video Game Producer at EA

    Brandon Kidwell is 50% fantasy, 40% anime and 10% knight. As soon as Brandon discovered D&D, he began dungeon mastering (AKA DMing), breaking systems and improving designs. He drew maps of imaginative levels, wrote characters and crafted his own ways to play. His passion for making and breaking games led him to pursue a game design degree at the University of Advancing Technology.   Video: EA SPORTS   Now Brandon makes video games at Electronic Arts (EA), where he currently creates content for the mobile game Madden NFL Football as an assistant producer. He designs and builds items, players, events…

  • 4 Industries AR is Shaking Up

    Augmented reality is much more than Pokémon Go and cool tattoo apps. It’s changing the way we do business and making work smarter. In 10 to 15 years, AR will transform nearly every industry. Everyone will rock AR glasses. Cellphones will become obsolete. But a few industries are leading the charge, including logistics, healthcare, automotive and sports.       #1 Logistics Major companies such as General Electric are already reaping the benefits of AR. In 2017, GE attributed a 46% performance increase in warehousing and logistics to the use of smart glasses. DHL rolled out a global AR program in 2016…

  • How to Create an Android App from an iOS App

    The Android platform is taking over, or at least accounts for a pretty huge chunk of the mobile user market. In a perfect world, all apps would have cross-platform potential, but this isn’t the reality of app development. Even today’s biggest app development market leaders have shown the definite lag time between the release of an iOS app and the Android version. If you have apps to convert, you can follow a few steps to make it happen. Converting App Layouts and Buttons The Google Play app marketplace is very particular about which apps it shows on its featured list….

  • What is an Ethical Hacker?

    Ethical Hackers are talented hackers who use their superpowers for good. In essence, hackers are smart people who want to understand how things work. They tear things down to their basic components—a process known as reverse engineering—to get a deep understanding of something. The term hacker is often misused or misunderstood in the media and in the community. There are actually three different types of hackers: white hats (the good guys), black hats (the bad guys) and gray hat (the guys who ride that good guy/bad guy line). If companies and organizations don’t understand how hackers can get into their…

  • 5 Advantages of Private Education

    Some students excel at public universities, where they can tailgate at football games, experience Greek life and attend class in lecture halls with thousands of other students. Students who prefer small class sizes, one-on-one attention from professors and niche educational offerings might do best at a private university. Here are five advantages of choosing private:   No Scripts UAT Student Services recently gained a new team member, who previously worked at a large state school. He was shocked to learn that our academic and career advisors don’t use scripts. “At my old school, advisors were given scripts when they started and…

Getting an Artificial Intelligence Degree at UAT

May 21, 2018

Will humans live on Mars? Will we have enough water? Will AI outsmart humans? It’s tough to predict the future. But if predicting and shaping the future of technology can help make that future a better one for everyone, then it is a worthwhile pursuit. That’s why we launched an artificial intelligence degree program here at the University of Advancing Technology more than 10 years ago and continue to push boundaries today and tomorrow. “We’ve been teaching AI for years under the artificial life moniker because we know how important life forms and distributed programming are for AI constructs,” UAT…

Alternative Careers for Game Development Majors

May 16, 2018

The gaming industry continues to grow, but there are still more game developers than game development jobs. So, it’s a good thing that game developers have tons of transferable skills in programming, UX design, graphic design, project management and more. We wanted to learn how game dev majors forged successful career paths in other industries, so we invited a software engineer, 3D artist, frontend developer and UX designer to campus to share their career stories. WebPT Software Engineer Jasmine Hegman thinks her game design degree gave her a leg up. “If anything, I think games are a little more difficult because they…

5 Tips for Launching Your Cyber Security Career

May 10, 2018

We may hit 3.5 million unfilled cyber security jobs by 2021. That’s a lot of SOC analysts, network engineers, systems administrators, IT auditors and penetration testers. Education, business, government and community partners all recognize the cyber skills gap, but it’s still tough to get a job—or at least the job that you want. We asked University of Advancing Technology Cyber Security Program Champion Greg Miles to share his top tips for launching a successful career in cyber security. We also invited McKesson’s Head of Cyber Security Active Defense Lonnie Benavides to campus to share his industry insights with UAT students. Here are their…

Why You Should Study Blockchain

May 4, 2018

On April 27, 2018, North Korea and South Korea signed the Panmunjom Declaration for Peace, Prosperity and Unification of the Korean Peninsula. Two electronic versions—one in English and one in Korean—have been stored on the Ethereum blockchain. The energy industry alone has invested $1 billion in blockchain. And four of the world’s largest automakers want to put blockchain technology in your car. “Blockchain is right up there with the invention of the Internet,” said Damian Chung, Sr. Director of Cybersecurity Engineering and Development at Dignity Health. Chung thinks blockchain has the potential to revolutionize healthcare, empower businesses to bypass the middle man…

Preparing for a Career as a Disney Imagineer

May 2, 2018

UAT Student Brett Butler’s experiences at Disney theme parks, resorts and cruises inspired him to join the maker movement. His dream job? “Working at Disney as an Imagineer!” The term Imagineer combines imagination and engineer. Brett definitely fits that description. Brett likes to make stuff, which makes him a perfect fit for the Digital Maker and Fabrication (DMF) program here at UAT. Since he arrived on campus in the fall of 2017, Brett has spent hours tinkering away in the UAT Maker Lab. He loves playing with the laser cutter and Formlabs high resolution stereolithography (SLA) 3D printer. Brett has…

How Zoos Support Conservation

Apr 28, 2018

End-Ordovician, Late Devonian, Permian-Triassic, Triassic-Jurassic, Cretaceous-Tertiary—the first five mass extinctions led us to where we are now: in the thick of the sixth mass extinction, also known as the Holocene. This current and ongoing extinction event differs from its predecessors because it is driven primarily by human impacts to the environment. “We’re losing species that serve important ecological roles at alarming rates. The cascading effects directly impact humans,” said Drew Foster, an animal curator at the Phoenix Zoo and adjunct biology professor at the University of Advancing Technology. According to Foster, insects are really important. We count on them to…

Are University Career Services Letting Students Down?

Apr 25, 2018

“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….