October 17, 2018

Innovative Challenge Issued by Provost at UAT Connect

UAT Connect Innovation Challenge 3d Printed Trophy

Last week, UAT welcomed a new class of enthusiastic technology students to the Tempe campus. Before the fall semester begins, students move into the resident dormitory UAT Founder’s Hall and participate in Connect Orientation to get to know the campus and other students. This year, Provost Dr. Dave Bolman presented each team of students with a challenge. The challenge was to create an innovative project that would be judged by him and the program champions by Wednesday of the first week of class. The criteria was to impress the judges with the design, be complete, overcome obstacles and work as…

Top 10 Things Students Forget To Bring To College

what to bring to college

Fall is a great time of year. It means back to school for so many eager STEAM students! At UAT, faculty, staff, students and residents in the dorms are ready to welcome new students to campus and kick off a technology-filled fall semester. It’s common for first time students to be nervous or unsure of what to expect. That’s understandable, but when you get here you’ll forget you ever had a concern! We’re here to guide you on your journey at college as you make new friends, use the newest technology, create and design innovative projects, learn a variety of topics and find…


DEFCON Hacking Conference

DEF CON is one of the oldest and largest continuously running hacker conventions, which seems to continue growing each year. UAT will make its usual rounds at DEF CON to connect with alumni as well as many like minded technology-driven individuals. Originally started in 1993 by The Dark Tangent, DEF CON is a unique experience for each con-goer. All events at DEF CON were conceived by the attendees. Some people play capture the flag the entire time, while many people never touch a computer at DEF CON. Some people see every speech they can, while others miss all the talks….

Students Display Innovative Problem Solving in “Thinking Strategies” Class

Innovational Challenge

Digital Maker and Fabrication (DMF) Professor Spencer Nelson gave his Thinking Strategies class a challenging assignment. They were asked to design a device or method to be able to “tie” tennis shoe laces with one hand. The device was judged on speed and ease of use. The tie did not have to be a traditional knot, but it had to get the laces out of the way. There are many reasons why a person may only have the use of one hand to tie their shoes so this is a real problem that millions of people face every day. Each team creatively…

Baking Cookies With A Solar Oven

Solar grill construction

Photo above: Students Will Peterson (Network Security), Matthew Miller (Network Security) and Marlon Burno (Network Security) work together and design their solar oven. Last week, students constructed solar ovens in Professor’s Jill Brumand’s Sustainability in Practice class. Groups of students from all different disciplines brainstormed ideas and turned their plans into man-made solar ovens. This example of a solar oven was designed by Network Security student Will Peterson. He constructed the box to capture and focus sunlight from multiple angles. The main body was constructed out of plywood and the reflectors are old cabinet doors that we covered with tin foil. They are connected with standard…

UAT Welcomes Southern Colorado Girls STEM Initiative to Future You University

UAT Welcomes Southern Colorado Girls STEM Initiative to Future You University

The Southern Colorado Girls STEM group lead by Professor Jill Coddington, UAT Program Champion in Advancing Computer Science and Robotics, spent the weekend at UAT’s Tempe campus for a Future You University event during June 10-13, to offer these students a taste of the technology-infused innovation that surrounds our students each and every day.  These 17 middle school students won a STEM competition and their prize was a technology-filled experience at UAT. Over the weekend, the girls participated in workshops and seminars, campus tours, a weekend stay in UAT Founder’s Hall dormitory, Veggie car races, a 3D printing demo, Innovation Games,…

UAT Network Security Experts Featured in Ransomware Story

Ransomware interview with Fox10 Phoenix and UAT Provost Dave Bolman

What is ransomware and how should one handle it? In the UAT Cyber Warfare Range, Provost Dr. Dave Bolman and ‎Network Security‬ Professor Al Kelly comment on ‪ransomware‬ and how to handle the threat in a FOX 10 Phoenix interview with special assignment reporters Kristy Siefkin and Tishin Donkersley.  Ransomware – a type of malware that can be covertly installed on a computer without the knowledge of the user which restricts access to the infected computer system and demands that the user pay a ransom to the malware operators to remove the restriction.  The topic of ransomware is frequently discussed in the news…

What is Advancing Computer Science?

Advancing-Computer-Science Degree

Blog co-written by Advancing Computer Science Professor James Gordon and Digital Media Maven Lauren Fach Advancing Computer Science (ACS) is the scientific and practical approach to computer science and building software systems. ACS studies the development of building software applications and efficient algorithms that access, process and store information. ACS Professor James Gordon said, “Computer Science is the planning, developing, building and maintaining of software systems, which could include a mobile app, a desktop app, a database app or a fully developed website.” Professor Gordon teaches ACS students emerging programming languages across a variety of platforms including open source and…

WRCCDC – UAT Celebrates 2nd Place Win

WRCCDC - UAT Network Security students

Eight Network Security students and Professor Al Kelly loaded up the UAT van on Thursday and set out on a road trip for the Western Regional Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (WRCCDC) held in Pomona, California, the weekend of March 18-20. The mission of the Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (CCDC) system is to provide a controlled, competitive environment for institutions with a Computer Science or Information Security curriculum to assess their student’s depth of understanding and operational competency in protecting a corporate network infrastructure. The CCDC competition ask student teams to assume administrative and protective duties for an existing commercial network…

VEX U Championship Results

Southwest Regional VEX-University (VEX U) Championship

The UAT Robotics Team (The G33K Squad) competed in its second Southwest Regional VEX-University (VEX U) Championship on Saturday, March 5, coinciding with the commencement of Spring Break at UAT. Five dedicated UAT Robotics students who took the VEX Competition class during the fall semester, formed the core team, built the robots and competed in the VEX U event. The team consisted of Daniel Carpenter, Garrett Tidd, Alexander Gregory, Daniel Molnar and David Hendrix. At the competition: Despite a rough beginning due to problems during robot inspection, as well as missing two of our six matches due to reasons beyond our control, The G33K Squad…