University of Advancing Technology Featured Advancing Technology Faculty

Featured Technology University Faculty


This University is comprised of passionate academics and elite professionals who are experts in the field of advancing technology. Focused on educating the next wave of innovators, faculty at this prestigious technology University leverage their experiences to mentor their technology degree students to scale and lead current and future challenges in advancing technology.


UAT faculty members come from all around the world and all share a passion for technology and teaching. As leaders in their respected areas of advancing technology, faculty many times can and do earn much more in industry, although they live to teach the brightest minds with powerful one-on-one relationships. Our faculty is here because they love the thrill of teaching the next generation of technology leaders.


This group of hand-picked industry gurus and education mavens will be at their students' sides providing a guiding hand, passionate inspiration and a wealth of knowledge from the moment students step into their classrooms to the moment they earn their technology degrees.

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Dave
Bolman

Provost and Dean


Education:

BS, Arizona State University

MT, Arizona State University


Accolades:

As UAT’s Provost and Dean, I have to confess that my career has been shaped by two great professional passions: Learning and Technology. As one of the first people here at UAT when we started teaching classes, I’ve had the really cool job of building the college that I would have gone to if it had existed when I was choosing a school. I have always wanted collegiate learning to be as stimulating, engaging and creative as the best conversations over coffee.


My time, thoughts and energies have been spent developing UAT from an idea into a place where all of us get the flat-out amazing thing that technology, thinking and learning are. Along the way, we have built a campus, learning approach and programs that allows students and graduates to create and be resources for a world community that is desperately trying to get a handle on the constantly morphing future that technology represents.


Beyond being the Provost, I also teach topics in technology to our graduate students, publish the odd paper on the way that technology works, and speak on learning, technology and the future. I have been a professor of technology both at UAT and at Arizona State University and in the early days of computer graphics, I worked as a CG programmer for Motorola, Smithsonian’s National History Museum and an application developer for the stereoscopic-viewing algorithms used in head-mounted displays.


Fun Fact:

In my free time, I offset time spent in front of computers playing games (World of Warcraft – IceCrown server) by watching movies, playing with my family and doing the odd athletic thing or two (kayaking, fencing, gym and such).


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Sharon
Bolman

Associate Professor


Education:

MA in Theater, AZ State University
200 RYT Yoga Teacher Training, Southwest Institute of Healing Arts
BS in Management, AZ State University


Accolades:

I view my career accomplishments in terms of my students and alumni. When an alum wants to come back to tech forum and show current students what they’re doing, it shows that we as teachers gave them the background that they needed to become effective. Or if a student or alumni seeks me out to ask my opinion about something long after they’ve left my classes—that is the most gratifying accomplishment I can think of.


Fun Fact:

My hobbies include music (voice), reading, theater, yoga (which is more a way of life than a hobby), traveling, watching movies (although it’s expected of me as a movie professor, I do it anyway. I see about 65-70 a year), cooking and baking, and taxiing my teenage daughter all over the valley so she can do theater and music.


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Stephen
Campbell

Associate Professor


Education:

BS in CADD and Virtual Reality Technology, UAT
MED, AIU Online


Accolades:

I am simply most proud of being successful as an instructor for over 14 years.


Fun Fact:

I have played the drums since I was 11 years old. I have been in four different bands in my life. I absolutely love riding my motorcycle. I am an avid archer and shooter. I have recently begun enjoying the “fun” of (believe it or not) custom cake design and decorating.


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Paul
DeNigris

Associate Professor


Education:

BA, University of Buffalo


Accolades:

My recent short films The Long Shot and Stabbing Stupidity are played at the film festival circuit worldwide (including screenings as far away as Mumbai, India and the Cannes Film Festival in France), and garnered me the coveted Arizona Filmmaker of the Year Award at the 2007 Phoenix Film Festival. My digital feature film, The Falls (which I wrote, produced, directed, and edited), played to critical acclaim in several national film festivals in 2003 and 2004 and went into worldwide DVD distribution in 2005.


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Vesna
Dragojlov

Associate Professor


Education:

MA, University of Denver
MA, University of Belgrade
BA, University of Novi Sad


Accolades:

I have translated a novel from a well-known Serbian author, from Serbo-Croation into English, and converted it into a multimedia format by adding animation, sound and visuals, for the non-linear reading experience where the author and readers share the same space as the readers choose their own path through the reading process. I was the guest speaker in the Communication Design department, Metropolitan State College, Denver, Colorado, on the topic of reading fiction in multimedia format.


Fun Fact:

For 10 years I was the official Colorado-area Serbo-Croat Interpreter for the Department of Justice. I also had assignments in other states as the need arose. While teaching at the College of Liberal Arts at the English department in Serbia, we had an exchange program between the faculty and the University of Leiden, Netherland. As a result, I spent three months at their University as a visiting professor, doing research for my Master’s thesis on the intonation of English and taking classes in Indo-European languages at their University and in Amsterdam.


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Angel
Fuentes

Associate Professor


Education:

MS in Physics, Arizona State University
BS in Theoretical Physics, University of Puerto Rico


Specialty:

Physics, Astronomy and Physics
Game Programming


Accolades:

My career has taken me into strange and unpredictable areas of life. After I graduated college I started working at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, ionizing radiation division. I tested radiation detectors use at airports, ports and border crossings for the department of homeland security. After a year doing this work I decided to attend graduate school. I completed my MS in Physics in 2006. I also have more than 30 graduate school credits in Astrophysics. As a graduate student I received the TA of the Year Award three times at ASU and the Graduate Professional Student Association (GPSA) TA of the Year Award for my work with students and my involvement as president of ASU’s astronomy open house.


Fun Fact:

Some of my favorite things to do are to hike, camp, drive (doesn’t matter where, just drive), watch movies (science fiction, mostly), listen to music (alternative rock) and anything Doctor Who related. I love cars and will love to own a Pagani Zonda or a Bugatti Veyron. Of course astronomy is a big hobby of mine. My favorite video games are: Civilization I, II, III, IV and V, Heroes of Might and Magic.


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Natalia
Hughson

Associate Professor


Education:

Kharkov Medical School


Accolades:

I taught Psychology and Psychiatry at a Ukrainian Medical School in the city of Poltava for 13 years. I had an established Psychiatric practice, worked in a mental institution providing biological treatment, various kinds of therapies and forensic expertise. I have co-authored the following textbooks: Psychology of Creativity, Creativity Step by Step, Therapy Through Creativity, as well as Psychology of Conflict and Violence. In 2002, UAT students selected me as the most influential instructor, and I became a member of Alpha Beta Kappa National Honor Society.


Fun Fact:

A couple of months after I moved to the United States, I received the letter with my photo. I was surprised and said to my husband: “American people are so nice. Look, somebody took my picture and even sent it to me. It is not a very good quality picture, but it is nice to think that there is somewhere somebody cares about me.” My husband looked at the picture and said “This is a speeding ticket.”


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James
Justin

Associate Professor


Education:

BS in Computer Science, UC Riverside


Specialty:

Game Programming


Accolades:

I have 15 years of professional game development, including the following titles (many of which have won editor’s choice award from game review sites and have gone on to sell millions of copies): Saints Row: Money Shot, Dood’s Big Adventure, Singularity, X-Men Origins: Wolverine (Uncaged Edition), Marvel Ultimate Alliance, X-Men Legends & X-Men, Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse, Ratchet and Clank, Spyro: Year of the Dragon, Kurt Warner’s Arena Football Unleashed, NFL Blitz and NFL Blitz 2000, Star Trek: Starfleet Academy.


I started in the industry as an Engine Programmer, working on the rendering pipeline and making a sound engine for the PS1. Since then I’ve switched from engine programming to game play and AI programming, which I enjoy much more. I’ve been the Lead Programmer on two of the games listed above and a Senior Programmer for most of the rest of them.


Fun Fact:

There are few areas of epic geekdom I haven’t dabbled with at some point. In addition to making video games, I enjoy playing tabletop games as well, especially dungeons and dragons. I’ve been running D&D games for 26 years, and even after all that time I still find ways to keep the game fresh and interesting.


I used to be heavily involved with historical re-enactment, especially with the SCA (Society for Creative Anachronism), and hope to find time to do so again in the near future.


In general, I love math and science and I can easily spend hours discussing a complicated math-intensive algorithm or some subject in theoretical physics before I realize how much time has passed!


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Al
Kelly

Associate Professor


Education:

BS, Embry Riddle University
AS, Community College of the Air Force
MCIS, University of Phoenix


Accolades:

Prior to UAT, I had a distinguished 20-year career in the United States Air Force. During the first 12 years or so, I worked as a jet engine mechanic on a variety of aircraft getting my hands dirty; while during the rest of my career, I worked in Field Training as a Master Aircraft Trainer delivering technical training course on F-15 & F-16 aircraft engines. During my last tour in the US Air Force (Nellis AFB, NV), I was assigned the additional duty of Security Officer. During the late 80s, these duties would encompass Physical (OPSEC), Telecommunication (COMSEC), and Computer (INFOSEC) security. After retirement, I worked for a privately owned computer training company in Las Vegas. A professional connection lead to my first career change as a civilian, I was offered a position to head the Information Technology office of the largest Title Escrow Company in Nevada. Here I was exposed to both IBM RS6000 and PC networks (Novel). After this, I was offered an opportunity to return to the aircraft-training field, working for McDonnell Douglas Aircraft Company, later Boeing.


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Ryan
Meuth

Professor


Education:

PhD Missouri University of Science and Technology


Accolades:

I have been a part of over 30 publications in journals, magazines and conferences since 2004, as well as the development of the first meta-learning computational intelligence architectures – machines that learn the most efficient ways to learn, and remember from problem to problem.


Fun Fact:

I love to cook, and I was inspired to study Robotics from watching the movie Short Circuit as a kid.


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Josh
Miller

Associate Professor


Education:

BS in History/Business from Illinois State University
Master of Science in History from Illinois State University, MAED
Curriculum Development/Education from University of Phoenix J.D. Phoenix School of Law expected in Fall 2010


Accolades:

Recipient of the Cavanaugh Best Master’s Thesis Award
Cali Excellence Award for JD coursework
Articles published on Cold War and Civil War topics
Member of Phi Beta
Kappa Honor Society


Fun Fact:

I have taught 4th & 12th grades and lived to tell about it. Besides teaching history, I have worked in mortgage, sales, and finance. I can name every president in order thanks to a song I learned in grade school. I enjoy traveling, playing guitar (poorly), and researching historical topics. I used to live in the land of Schwarzenegger and the Sound of Music—Austria. I also love to tell my students bad jokes.


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Phil
Miller

Associate Professor


Education:

MBA, North Central University
BA, Arizona State University


Specialty:

Systems Development


Accolades:

Designed and established the Artificial Life Programming major at UAT
Received four Alpha Beta Kappa National Honor Society Awards for Outstanding Instructor
Received two awards for Outstanding Faculty Achievement in Learning
Received one award for Outstanding Faculty Achievement in Experience


Fun Fact:

My first computer had 4k bytes of ram, a 3.25 MHz 8-bit processor, and store programs on audiocassette tapes. My current computer has 1,000,000 times as much ram, and operates 1,000,000 times fast than my first computer. I remember the internet before the world-wide web.


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Russ
Rogers

Professor


Education:

AA, Community College of the Air Force
BA, University of Maryland
MA, University of Maryland


specialty:

Network Security


accolades:

I am the Chief Executive Officer for Security Horizon and have been working in the information security field for roughly 13 years. I have participated in the publication of six INFOSEC related books and am currently working on a seventh book, which I am writing solo. A prolific author/editor, I am the managing editor of The Security Journal, a free quarterly information security newsletter. I speak at security conferences around the world and am also senior staff (goon) at the annual DEFCON hacker conference held in Las Vegas.


I have been on staff with the DEFCON conference for seven years. I am also a founder of the new Global Security Syndicate (GSS), a non-profit organization striving to improve the security industry through consensus, education and research. I am a certified Arabic linguist through the Defense Language Institute and a certified instructor for the National Security Agency’s INFOSEC Assessment Methodology and INFOSEC Evaluation Methodology courses.


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Victoria
Schaufuss

Associate Professor


Education:

BS in International Trade and Finance from Louisiana State University
Master of Science in Management Information Systems from University of Houston
Currently pursuing a PHD in Applied Computer Science


Accolades:

My PHD dissertation: “Implementation of Data Warehousing in the Computer Game Industry”


Fun Fact:

I was an officer in the Swedish Merchant Marines. I sailed all of the seven seas.


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Todd
Spencer

Associate Professor


Education:

Bachelor of Music – Percussion Performance, Wheaton College
Master of Music – Interdisciplinary Digital Media and Performance, Arizona State University


specialty:

Human Computer Interaction (non-GUI gestural interfaces)
Data Visualization (multi-variable interactive applications)
Innovation Process (research, documentation, prototyping, presentation)
Audio (recording, editing, mixing, sound effects)
Music (theory, composition, songwriting, interactive music)


Accolades:

Along with Alumnus James Grant, we created STOC (Stock Ticker Orbital Comparison), an interactive data visualization of the stocks in the S&P 500, which was featured at the Siggraph 2009 Information Aesthetics Showcase in New Orleans, LA. After his graduation, we started a profitable business based on the system, with our first client a Hong Kong commodities trading firm.


Fun Fact:

I am married to my beautiful wife Erin, and we have four wonderful kids that we school at home. I am an active member of my local church in Peoria, AZ, and revolve my life around Jesus Christ and his mission of salvation to reconcile the world to God.


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