October 21, 2018

  • From Graphic Designer to UX Designer

    In the tech world, UX designers are known as unicorns. They possess that elusive combination of visual design chops and technical skills. None of them grew up wanting to be a UX designer. Their job descriptions are all over the place, and companies can’t decide what to do with them. (So, they end up doing a little bit of everything.) UAT alumnus Brady Vontran’s path to UX design has been pretty typical because it has been atypical. When Brady arrived at UAT, he wanted to be a graphic designer. “It was a super vague goal, but at least I had…

  • Leading New Generations

    I hear all the time about how the young adults of today lack specific traits that have been deemed necessary for success in corporate culture by previous generations. I always find these comments humorous as every past generation finds a way to demean the younger generations for what they perceive as faults. As someone who has worked in traditional corporate culture, operated his own business and now teaches young adults in academia, I tend to favor the younger generations. Quality leaders should view these differences as opportunities to hone their skillsets and grow as mentors. The goal should not be…

  • 3 Tips for Growing Your Personal Brand

    The web service BrandYourself (check it out!), correctly identifies the three pillars of successfully creating a personal brand: Building a brand Building credibility/audience Targeting opportunities Thankfully, I have a background in marketing, public relations and strategic communication, so I know what I am talking about and can explain each of these pillars. Building a brand If you have come and seen me, you may have noticed that I usually begin student meetings with a simple prompt: Tell me about yourself. I meet with a lot of students, so this exercise isn’t just about trying to figure out who you are…

  • 5 Takeaways from Our First Stratospheric Balloon Launch

    A team of UAT students spent the summer designing a self-funded stratospheric balloon program to gather scientific data, test and demonstrate new technology and inspire the next generation of space explorers. Under the direction of former NASA program manager Nathan Eskue, students built, launched (and recovered!) a stratospheric balloon. Some things went right. Some did not. UAT students and faculty share their top 5 takeaways:   Define your vision. But make sure it is digestible. “If the group is unified in the end goal that they’re trying to solve, many communication issues are prevented because the team understands the big picture…

  • The U.S. Cyber War Needs More Soldiers

    In a small town in Alaska, a sophisticated cyber attack nearly wiped out the Matanuska-Susitna (Mat-Su) Borough network servers with a virus cocktail of ransomware, a trojan horse, time bomb, Cryptolocker and dead man’s switch, according to reports by BleepingComputer and BBC. This attack forced the town’s businesses to dust off old typewriters and conduct business by hand until IT experts were able to get back online. While the use of machines that click clack is unsustainable in the digital world, the Mat-Su attack is just one example of the type of criminal activity happening in the public sector that…

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….

10 Tips for Surviving Your Freshman Year of College

Apr 10, 2018

Freshman year can be tough: difficult discussions, homesickness, tough curriculum, late nights, new faces, a few extra lbs. Not to worry! UAT freshman share their insights on how to survive your freshman year. 1. Build Community Research your local city’s tech/art/dev/business community. If you’re lucky enough to find a group like #yesphx, then join it! Human beings are the best resource. As a freshman studying cyber security, Ashley Pearson wanted to find like-minded security professionals to connect with online and at events. As soon as she got to campus, she immediately embedded herself in the Phoenix cyber security community. She…

Game Art Alumni Josh Milano

Alumni Highlight: Josh Milano

Feb 28, 2018

Game Art and Animation alumni Josh Milano was recently hired as an Image Processing Specialist at Cranial Technologies, a company providing a non-surgical treatment option for children with plagiocephaly using the with the FDA-cleared DOC Band®. What Are Your Job Responsibilities? Utilizing 3D models of patients (example: children with deformed skulls), I take the head, align it to a grid and places points for measuring length, width, and asymmetry. I, then export the data for reports. What Do You Miss About UAT? What I miss the most about UAT would be the community that helped me grow as a person. Since graduation…

Monte Carlo Night

Feb 26, 2018

UAT Founder’s Hall brings casino-style gaming to students and you don’t have to be 21+ or in Las Vegas to play along! Monte Carlo Night gives Founder’s Hall residents an opportunity to dress in fancy attire and take a chance on iconic games like Black Jack, Craps and Russian Roulette. No gambling required – or allowed, just fun and games with your classmates to take your mind off schoolwork for a bit. Founder’s Hall frequently offers a variety of extra-curricular activities to engage students’ interests. Link to this post!

Film Your Final

Feb 26, 2018

Use your skills to your advantage! That’s what UAT Digital Video students enrolled in the Cinematography course like to do. With encouragement from their professor, they can omit a written test if they decide to film their final exam instead. One who does not know the process of creating a short film may think this is the easier of the two options, but that is simply not the case. In order to film the final, DV students will utilize skills they learned over the semester such as color grading, capturing sound effects, smooth and steady camera movement, and digital storytelling…