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…

What is Digital Twin Technology?

Jun 12, 2018

Digital twin technology involves using sensors and machine learning to build virtual systems that react the same way as the real-world version of that system. For example, combining this technology with VR will allow car makers to test engine designs without building a physical car. Farmers will be able to try new planting layouts and polycultures without having to wait for their crops to grow. Amusement parks will be able to create massive roller-coaster-like experiences inside of storefront-sized spaces. Digital twins enable engineering and design teams to test and improve projects without the financial or time-based risks of doing so…

What is an Ethical Hacker?

Jun 6, 2018

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

Jun 1, 2018

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…

5 Tips for Working Adults Going Back to School

May 25, 2018

The internet is full of memes that 20-something college kids share when they feel overwhelmed, trying to balance homework, part-time jobs and their social lives. (Totally fair and funny.) Working adults who go back to earn their degrees work all day and often have to maintain a household and raise human beings. We compiled our top tips for adults who want to make it happen.   Explain what you’re doing and why you’re doing it to your kids. Or at least try to. “I have a toddler who doesn’t understand that attending school will be better for our family in…

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…