March 17, 2018

  • Game Art Alumni Josh Milano

    Alumni Highlight: Josh Milano

    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…

  • Voice Recognition – AI for Audio

    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

    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 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…

  • 7th Annual Tempe Geeks Night Out

    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,…

  • Musical Tesla Coil Circuit

    This Musical Tesla Coil Circuit Plays Tetris Theme Song

    Blog post by Robotics student Brandon Mickelsen There’s always something awesome happening in the robotics lab at UAT. As a robotics major, it’s so much fun to be a part of it. One of my most recent projects was something I’ve been meaning to build since high school, a musical Tesla Coil. You may have heard of Tesla Coils. They’re essentially large coils of wire that steps up a low voltage power source into a much, much higher voltage – on the order of thousands of volts. The coils often produce a corona discharge (an electrical arc that looks like…

UAT Students Form Teams for Extra Life Gaming Fundraiser

UAT Students Form Teams for Extra Life Game Day Fundraiser

Oct 3, 2017

In November, UAT students, alumni and the UAT eSports Club are on board to participate in the charity event Extra Life Game Day, a 24-hour fundraising and game streaming marathon. Their goal is to raise money for the San Jorge Children’s Foundation located in Puerto Rico, and to provide at least $1,000 in hurricane relief aid from the recent catastrophe by Hurricane Maria, all by doing something they love – gaming! The Extra Life Game Day Tournament will coincide with the UAT Experience, a prospective student visit and will draw a huge crowd of game enthusiasts to campus. Students from…

Hue-Henry game programming professor

Professor Hue Henry Guest Lecturing on Game Programming at West-MEC

Sep 28, 2017

On October 10, Professor Hue Henry will be speaking to students at Western Maricopa Education Center (West- MEC) about game programming and getting them excited about possible careers as game programmers. Some of the topics Professor Henry will discuss include how the tools and techniques used in a traditional, web-programming environment are also useful for those interested in pursuing a career in Video Games. Professor Henry said, “It is always exciting to get the chance to speak with the next generation of developers and innovators and help them to understand the unique opportunities that game programming can provide.” West-MEC is…

STEAM Night at Power Ranch Elementary

“Dog Robot” Pays a Visit to STEAM Night at Power Ranch Elementary

Sep 25, 2017

Robotics and Embedded Systems student Kenneth Vorseth along with Professor Jill Coddington attended STEAM Night at Power Ranch Elementary on Thursday, Sept 21, showing off the 6-wheeled “dog robot” along. The “Dog Robot” was very exciting for the kids, and Kenneth had an excellent demo of the vision system including a good field test experience. This was a time to demonstrate robots and STEAM-related technologies. UAT faculty and students were a huge hit with the 6 wheeled dog robot as well as a vision system. Professor Coddington also enjoyed chatting with parents who work in industry and the Higley High…

Founders Game Jam at UAT

Founder’s Game Jam

Sep 25, 2017

The 2017 Founder’s Game Jam took place at UAT the weekend of Sept. 22- 24 spreading a spark of game development inspiration around campus. This year’s theme was plants. Students had 48-hours, beginning on Friday afternoon, and ending on Sunday evening, to break into teams, come up with an idea, assign jobs and get to work. Because the fall semester had just began, it was exciting to see many new faces creating games together in the commons over the weekend. “I was pleasantly surprised by the large number of first time game jammers and first semester students that decided to…

The Wall Border VR Project with USA TODAY

Game Studies Team Provides VR Support for USA TODAY’s Project “The Wall”

Sep 21, 2017

Five UAT Game Studios students worked on a project called, “The Wall: Unknown Stories, Unintended Consequences,” under the leadership of USA TODAY NETWORK and The Arizona Republic. After 15 weeks of research and development, “The Wall,” launched on Sept. 20. “The Wall” is a in-depth project that provides a visual representation of President Donald Trump’s mission to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. UAT Game Studios Program Champion Derric Clark selected students for the development team and created a special topics class called SPT 323: The Wall. Acting as a supportive team, students created virtual reality (VR) worlds modeling…

cactus con 2017 cyber security conference in arizona

Cactus Con 2017

Sep 20, 2017

Cactus Con is a local cyber convention that began in 2012 and has been growing each year. Considered to be Arizona’s Defcon, Cactus Con may be the biggest local/regional hacking, cybersecurity conference in Arizona – not to mention, it was started in part by UAT alumni. This year Cactus Con will include a robotics village and organizers have asked UAT to run it. UAT Robotics Professor Joseph Horen will be on-hand at Cactus Con to show off robots, drones and answer questions about the program. UAT will also bring Rasberry Pi and Arduino tech applications. The idea is to have…

id tech camp internship

Summer Internship at iD Tech Camps

Sep 19, 2017

During the summer semester, Game Design and Game Programming student Tyler “Ozzy” Osborne worked as a paid intern for iD Tech Camps held at Rancho Solano Prep School in Scottsdale, from June – Aug. 2017. Ozzy was responsible for teaching students, who ranged in age from 13-17 years-old, Autodesk Maya, Unreal Engine 4, C# scripting with Unity Engine, and level design in a mod pack for Torchlight II. The camp accepts students as young as 6-years-old up to 17-years-old. Much of the job entailed trouble shooting, resolving issues that the students encountered, supervision of the group, encouraging students to follow…