October 17, 2017

  • 2nd Annual Cyber Security Open House

    UAT Hosted 2nd Annual Cyber Security Open House

    UAT held the 2nd Annual Cyber Security Open House on Thursday, Oct. 12, in conjunction with the national cause, Cyber Security Awareness Month. UAT Cyber Security professors Wayne Kibbe and Mason Galatas teamed up to present a slideshow on the basics of cyber security and how to protect yourself the best you can from hackers. Professor Wayne Kibbe said, “Cyber Security education is very important for several reasons. First, the demand for cyber security skills is rapidly growing and US Labor Department reports claim shortages for the foreseeable future. Second, as more and more devices connect to the internet, the…

  • White Hat Hackers

    UAT Promotes Cyber Security Awareness Month with Tips & Anecdotes

    UAT has led the way in cyber security since the late 90s, writing the rule books for cyber security education in Arizona. Marking over 20 successful years since the inception of its elite Network Security degree program, UAT is proud to participate in Cyber Security Awareness Month, during the month of October, allowing our faculty of experts to share important information on cyber security with the public. UAT recognizes the importance of training cyber security experts, in its students, alumni, faculty and in local members of the community. We have compiled a few tips and anecdotes about our students below….

  • Sustainability Class Project

    Professor Jill Brumand’s Sustainable Waste Activity Grew Wheels

    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…

  • Robotics Village at Cactus Con 2017

    UAT Robotics Demos at CactusCon

    UAT attended CactusCon 2017 in the Robotics Village on Saturday, October 1, at Phoenix Convention Center. UAT Professor Joseph Horen showed off robot demonstrations as well as Arduino programming labs for attendees to learn to program and see the results via the hardware. The Robotics Village was a new edition to Cactus Con but turned out to be a popular event for 8-17-year-olds who wanted to learn about Cyber Security and Robotics. Link to this post!

  • UAT Students Form Teams for Extra Life Gaming Fundraiser

    UAT Students Form Teams for Extra Life Gaming Fundraiser

    In one month, UAT students, alumni and the UAT eSports Club are on board for the Charity event Extra Life Game Day, a 24-hour fundraising and gaming and streaming marathon, raising money for the San Jorge Children’s Foundation located in Puerto Rico as a relief aid due to the recent catastrophe by Hurricane Maria. This event streamed virtually on Nov. 4, will coincide with the UAT Experience prospective student visit and will draw a huge crowd of game enthusiasts to campus. UAT has five teams competing in a variety of games ranging from League of Legends, Dungeons & Dragons, Overwatch…

Cell phone charging hacks for emergencies like Hurricane Irma

Phone Charging Hack for Emergencies

Sep 7, 2017

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

Sep 5, 2017

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…

AntiMatter Security Talk Black Hat Briefings

AntiMatter Security Talk: Black Hat

Sep 5, 2017

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…

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

Aug 28, 2017

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…

Game Design Alumni Hired with Crowdstar

Alumni Evan Tappero Lands Job with Crowdstar

Aug 24, 2017

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…

Virtual Reality for business ecommerce- Game Studies Professor Derric Clark

Virtual Reality for Business E-commerce

Aug 24, 2017

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…

Tips for Landing an AAA Game Job

Alumni Caleb Jacobs Gives Tips for Landing an AAA Game Job

Aug 23, 2017

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…