August 15, 2018

  • From Game Dev Student to Game Developer

    We recently invited UAT alumnus and ArenaNet 3D Environment/Prop Artist William Tate to share his career story with our game development students.   We complied Will’s top career advice for game artists and developers below: Set realistic expectations “Look at the front page of ArtStation. Is your work of the same quality? This is who your competition is,” Will said. He added that comparing your work to your peers is important but pointed out that college is a microcosm. He made clear that the real competition is “professional artists like me and some kid in China who has been making…

  • Making Mobile Apps for Medical Students

    Garrett Reuscher gets a kick out of surprising dental hygienists when he refers to his teeth by their number. Garrett has picked up a lot of medical terminology since he started working as an educational applications developer at a Western University of Health Sciences university, where he develops games and simulations to train medical students. Garrett primarily works with Unity, a tool he learned while earning two bachelor’s degrees in game programming and advancing computer science at the University of Advancing Technology. He works with a team to make apps and games for a variety of platforms, including WebGL, mobile…

  • Demand for Robotics Engineers Is Growing, and It Pays Well

    In the depths of the Antarctic Ocean, robotic scientists deployed autonomous robots where no human has gone before with the goals of uncovering the speed of ice loss, obtaining samples of “salinity and temperature, oxygen and some optical properties of the water, [and predicting] future sea level rise,” according to CNN. The field of robotics stretches far beyond the lair of the Emperor Penguin. Roboticists utilize emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence and machine learning to create smart robots that provide companionship to the elderly, help with search and rescue, crawl into small spaces, fix airplane engines, cook your food, entertain…

  • Wearing Many Game Development Hats

    When Austin Shamp started playing and making video games, he never imagined his passion for game development would lead him to the world of professional bull riding. As the Head of Operations for 8 to Glory, the official game of the Professional Bull Riders (PBR), Austin oversees marketing, monetization, post-launch maintenance and all communications with PBR. “Essentially, I am a producer. Three Gates is a relatively small studio, so I wear many hats,” Austin said. Austin earned his bachelor’s degree in game design and master’s degree in game production in management at the University of Advancing Technology, where he worked…

  • How does Blockchain Impact Privacy?

    Blockchain believers hail the distributed ledger technology as a transformative means to enhance trust and transparency. But how does it impact privacy? Cyber Security Expert and UAT Adjunct Professor Damian Chung empowers his students to develop blockchain solutions for real-world problems. Despite his enthusiasm for blockchain technology, he still preaches caution: “Companies looking to implement blockchain solutions will have to consider how much anonymity and privacy is required so that the proper architecture is designed. The more restrictive the environment, the lower the user adoption rate. Naturally, a permissioned blockchain would have less nodes but contain better privacy. Even in…

Social media: More than Doggos

Jul 11, 2018

The world has never been as connected as it is right now. You can log on to any social media platform and connect with friends, celebrities, athletes, industry professionals, and even brands (sup, @Wendys?). In 2010, social media played a major role in mobilizing people and igniting mass social movements such as the Arab Spring and Occupy Wall Street. Recently, Facebook came under heavy scrutiny for its role in the spreading of disinformation in the 2016 US Presidential election. Whether it’s seen as a savior or the bane of people’s existence, social media is so engrained in who we are…

Is the Business Plan Dead?

Jul 2, 2018

Every so often journalists proclaim that the business plan is dead. UAT Business Technology Program Champion Dr. Mark Smith agrees that startups need to do more showing than telling, but says that business plans or proposals “are certainly not dead and are used in pretty much every business venture.” What’s different about today’s business plans? According to Dr. Smith, “They just aren’t emphasized as much. But no matter how well the presenter pitches their product, they will still face a scrutinizing vetting process. Business plans help venture capitalists and investors visualize the person’s pitch and help them make sound funding…

Metal 3D Printing for the Masses

Jun 29, 2018

Aerospace manufacturers have been 3D printing interior aircraft parts for decades. With the advent of more affordable metal 3D printing techniques, companies are now beginning to 3D print metal materials for key exterior components. Metal 3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, uses lasers to fuse layers of metals or metal powders together. Companies continue to experiment with different materials, but the most popular metals and metal alloys used in metal 3D printing today include aluminum, stainless steel, copper, titanium, cobalt chrome and gold. Metal 3D printing helps companies save time and money by cutting labor-intensive steps such as welding…

The Switch from Canon to Sony

Jun 26, 2018

Photographers at all levels have been geeking out about mirrorless cameras recently. These fancy new cameras do not require a reflex mirror, a key component of DSLR camera. We asked freelance photographer Rick Holladay to dish on his experience switching from his Canon to the new mirrorless Sony camera.   I get quite a few DMs asking me about what cameras and lenses I use. So, I wanted to write a quick review of my current setup and my impressions switching from Canon to Sony. Currently, my setup is: Sony A7iii Sigma Art 35mm f/1.4 Sony E Mount Sony G…

How to Become a Video Game Producer at EA

Jun 22, 2018

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

Jun 20, 2018

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

Jun 15, 2018

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….