May 22, 2018

What is Network Security?

What is Cyber Security

Blog co-written by UAT Cyber Security Program Champion Greg Miles and Digital Media Maven Lauren Fach Network security, or cyber security, is an industry where professionals are trained to prevent and monitor unauthorized access or attempts to access, misuse, or modify a computer network and network-accessible resources. A network can be private, like within a company, school, business, or home and is designed to keep users out that do not have the correct login credentials. Other networks may be open to public access; an example would be the free Wi-Fi at Starbucks or a hotel. Many Network Security pros will warn against using public Wi-Fi…

CCDC Qualifier This Saturday at UAT

Cyber Security Degree at UAT

Some very dedicated UAT Network Security students have been practicing as a team for the upcoming Western Regional Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (WRCCDC) in March, but in order to reach the regionals, they first must qualify. The CCDC Qualifier takes place on Saturday, Jan. 27, and our students will compete from the Cyber Warfare Range on campus, from 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. “UAT is competing against over 16 other colleges and we are all Blue Teams, defending servers against the CCDC Red Team. They have practiced their skills for months and I wish them all good luck this Saturday,”…

UAT Game Students Playtest Game for Local Developer E-Line Media

Playtest at ELine Media

On Friday, Game Professors Hue Henry and Jorge Portillo took 10 UAT students to E-Line Media to playtest one of their up-and-coming titles. E-Line Media is a local game developer that creates “Games for Change.” They are best known for their titles “Never Alone,” “Gamestar Mechanic” and “MINECRAFTEDU.” Students were able to experience the game testing world by interacting with multiple phases of the game, applying feedback verbally and through surveys. “It was great to see UAT build a relationship with such and impactful developer that is making games for the greater good of the community,” Professor Portillo said. Link…

CollegeHack: Dealing with Stress in Positive Ways

Being a student can be a full-time job and for others enrolled in college, there may be other important external responsibilities such as jobs, families, and military obligations pulling them in many different directions. Not to mention that news and social media are full of negativity, and it’s easy to find yourself depressed and directly affected by the chaos happening around us. Make sure to listen to your own emotions and care for your own mental health. Here are some ways to bring comfort back into a turbulent day, week or month. Don’t miss meals. You’ll be happier and healthier…

Chief Science Officer Institute Returns to UAT

Chief Science Officer training at UAT

The CSO Institute is back! Between 100-200 middle and high school students will be on campus on Friday, September 15 and Saturday, September 16, preparing to be advocates for STEM. The Chief Science Officer (CSO) program is a project that has been a partnership between UAT and the Arizona Tech Council/AZ SciTech Festival since 2015. What is uniquely great about this program is that it finds teens who love tech and then gives them a deep dive into leadership, networking, communication, social media skills and some advanced tech, as well). The result is that these future programmers and builders are…

Phone Charging Hack for Emergencies

Cell phone charging hacks for emergencies like Hurricane Irma

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…

On Set in 360!

Alex Beaver’s Student Innovation Project transports viewers behind the scenes and into the middle of the action for the filming of UAT Digital Video’s upcoming military survival film “Instinct.” Written and directed by Killian Davies, “Instinct” tells the story of a Marine helicopter pilot downed in the hostile territory of Yemen, and chronicles her harrowing journey to safe extraction by her fellow Marines. “Instinct” filmed in a variety of amazing Arizona locations, including Pima Air and Space Museum which was kind enough to let the UAT students use their helo simulator for crucial scenes. If you’ve ever wondered what’s it’s…

UPDATE: UAT Student Competed in Unspoken VR Game Tournament

Oculus The Unspoken VR Tournament

Alumni Jesse Rogers, who studied Game Design at UAT, had the chance to compete in the final stage of Oculus’s The Unspoken VR Tournament for Oculus Rift Touch last month in New York City. Because Jesse made it to the Top 8, he won airfare and a hotel stay in New York City so he could participate in the finals. See our previous blog on how Jesse earned a spot in the Top 8! So how did the tournament go? Jesse checked into the hotel and took a ride to the Microsoft Store on Fifth Avenue. At the studio, he met…

UAT Game Studios Host Summer Greenlight Celebration

Greenlight Celebration

Do you love video games? Our Game Studios students not only love to play games, but also spend a lot of time making them, too. Come see what UAT Game Studios has been up to this semester at the 2017 Summer Greenlight Celebration, an event for UAT to acknowledge the fantastic work of its students. Greenlight is a celebration of games, where students demonstrate the games they’ve been working on for the last semester to fellow students and to the public. The Greenlight Celebration takes place on Aug. 18, from 5-7 p.m. in the UAT Theater and Commons area. The UAT Game…

UAT Seniors Present Their Student Innovation Projects at the SIP Fair

Student Innovation Project Fair at UAT

The UAT Student Innovation Project (SIP) Fair is a showcase of semesters of hard work and innovative ideas. In preparation for the Fair, students research opportunities and overcome challenges as they strive to innovate new ideas and products that aim to bridge gaps within their fields and outside industries. Senior level students are coached and supported throughout the process and they learn to question their concepts and develop skills to move their projects forward. The upcoming SIP Fair for this Summer 2017 semester takes place on August 8, in the UAT Theater. It is an all-day event, starting at 10:30…