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…

Voice Recognition – AI for Audio

Feb 19, 2018

Voice recognition is a prominent technology that is being used in more and more places today. There is voice recognition for recognizing the speaker. This type of voice recognition is used for security (physical access and access to files in computer network). This is also evolving to give specific instructions/information to the speaker as well. There is voice recognition for translation, as well. This allows for written transcripts of audio events. The benefits are not limited to ADA compliance but useful for translating into other languages and to have a searchable transcript of an event. In both cases, artificial intelligence…

Alumni Highlight: Gage Roland

Feb 15, 2018

Gage graduated from UAT in May 2017, as a dual major in Advancing Computer Science and Human Computer Interaction. As a student, Gage had a known presence at UAT as a veteran Student Ambassador, giving tours to new students and their families. Gage was hired as a Data Analyst at Omni ePartners, a broker company that works with brands to sell products through Amazon US, Canada, Fresh, and other online vendors like Chewy.com and Walmart. What Does A Data Analyst Do? As a data analyst, Gage generates back-end reports from Amazon to find financial trends in the companies we work…

Meet New Freshmen

Feb 9, 2018

Daniel McWhorter  Not afraid to get involved, ask questions and engage with topics in other disciplines, Daniel is a brand-new student at UAT, studying Game Art and Animation. His professors have noticed that Daniel stands out for being conscientious and creative within the mere months that he’s been with us. Daniel appreciates the intimate setting that UAT provides where he can casually meet with tutors, mentors and professors for help in the Commons. Daniel has been earning top marks in class, but still finds time for fun, personal projects like a cool “prop space blaster,” where he gets to let his creativity take over!…

Code Your Future

Feb 9, 2018

UAT is a tremendous advocate for encouraging local youngsters – male and female to get immersed in the world of technology.  Code Day, put on by Startup AZ Foundation, is instrumental in furthering that mission by gathering students ages 9-20 in underserved populations and areas with limited technical resources together at UAT with extensive access to tech for this 24-hour hacking event.  The goal of Code Day is to offer a fun event where students can digest and learn coding skills in hopes to expose young tech lovers to career possibilities in the world of programming and information technology.  Don’t…

The Thrill of 48 Hours

Feb 9, 2018

In celebration of UAT’s Founding Day, faculty and staff take the day off, but that doesn’t mean students are just sitting around the tech-infused campus bored… no way! As a tradition, the UAT Game Studios department hosts a 48-hour game jam on Sept. 23, in honor of UAT’s Founder’s Day.  What is a game jam, you ask?  A game jam is a dedicated game development event lasting 48 hours, that gives game developers including designers, programmers and artists the opportunity to work together to build a complete game. No, it’s not required for students to partake in the game jam,…

Comic Fest

Feb 9, 2018

A huge highlight of the summer for UAT students and faculty alike is the epic Phoenix Comic Fest, known for swarming the downtown Phoenix Convention Center for 4 awesome days of Sci-Fi, super hero and comic book shenanigans!  UAT added value to Comic Fest (formerly Phoenix Comic Con) by offering advice from Program Champion Derric Clark, who spoke on a panel on Game Development along with other local experts.  UAT Game Studios students and alumni also featured their indie games at the Southwest Video Game Showcase on platforms such as the HTC Vive, Samsung VR and Google Cardboard, as well as PC…

7th Annual Tempe Geeks Night Out

Feb 8, 2018

It’s the time of year again! UAT is excited once again to participate and sponsor Tempe Geeks Night Out. UAT will have lots of cool tech to show off such as activities in Virtual Reality, Robotics, 3D Printing, Sustainability and Math! Join Tempe’s Geeks Night Out in its 7th year running, presented by the Arizona Sci-Tech Festival showcasing all things STEAM-related. If you don’t know what STEAM means, it stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics. As technology becomes more and more immersed in today’s world, STEAM jobs will be in extremely high demand and luckily for UAT students,…