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.

Paul Denigris

Paul Denigris
Professor

Craig Belanger

Craig Belanger
Professor

Dr. David Bolman

Dr. David Bolman
Provost and Dean

Sharon Bolman

Sharon Bolman
Professor

James  Gordon

James Gordon
Professor

Matthew Marquit

Matthew Marquit
Professor

Jorge Portillo

Jorge Portillo
Professor

Gavin Regnaert

Gavin Regnaert
Associate Professor

Ben Reichert

Ben Reichert
Professor

Karyn Ricci

Karyn Ricci
Associate Professor

Lynn Understiller

Lynn Understiller
Professor

Natasha Vita-More

Natasha Vita-More
Professor

Paul Denigris

Professor


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.


Education:

BA, University of Buffalo


Paul

Craig Belanger

Professor


SPECIALTY:
Humanities, Literature and Technology Studies

ACCOLADES:
I’ve considered myself a writer for as long as I can remember. As a child, I wrote fantastical, bizarre stories featuring animals as stand-ins for stunted humans, then as a teenager, I realized it was the humans who were stunted, so I wrote absurdist comedies about them instead. As a college student, alongside philosophy, history, and the humanities, I studied creative writing. Ever since then, I’ve managed to stay engaged full time within all four disciplines, whether as an instructor at UAT, an editorial coordinator for EBSCO Publishing, an editor for Great Neck Publishing’s history of the 2000s library set, a screenwriter, and a playwright. I’m also the screenwriter for one feature film (My Apocalypse), a short film (Splitsville), and a documentary (No Second Class Citizens: 50 Years of Brown v. Board in Arizona).

FUN FACT:
In my free time, which is what I consider my actual life, I am a book and comics collector, an avid consumer of the arts, and a very proud dad of a skater and husband to a chef.


Education:

MA, Northern Arizona University
MST, University of Advancing Technology
BA, University of Arizona


Craig

Dr. David Bolman

Provost and Dean


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).


Education:

BS, Arizona State University
MT, Arizona State University


Dr. David

Sharon Bolman

Professor


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.


Education:

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


Sharon

Stephen Campbell

Professor


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.


Education:

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


Stephen

Micah Chabner

Associate Professor (Former)


ACCOLADES:
I was born and raised in San Diego, Calif., and taught at several community colleges in San Diego as well as San Diego State University prior to working at UAT. I’ve presented at Phoenix Comicon and at an ASU writing conference.

My four passions in life are family, books, baseball and almost anything French. I have been a diehard baseball (and Yankees) fan since I was five years old. I also enjoy running, and have participated in two full marathons and five half marathons. And I love to travel in any spare time I can put together. My favorite city in the world (aside from my home town) is Paris.

FUN FACT:
One of my hobbies is collecting rare books, especially American books from the 19th century. I own several first edition Hawthorne’s.


Education:

MA, Boston College
BA California Polytechnic State University


Micah

Josh Chuzzi

Professor


SPECIALTY:
Mixed Media, Anatomical Representation and
Collaborative Development

ACCOLADES:
Although modesty is a characteristic I value, I am pleased to admit that I have received a few prestigious awards for my sculptural work, including the Peter Leggieri Sculptor Award and the New York Sculpture House Award, which funded my practice for three years. I have been recognized for my work in interdisciplinary healthcare, focusing on the integration of design-based disciplines into healthcare environments. Papers have been published. Presentations have been made. And grants have been won. I’m a good teacher. Period.

FUN FACT:
My Bassett Hound has a pet Chihuahua. My favorite movies are Silence of the Lambs, Princess Bride and The Goonies. Before becoming a professional artist and eventual teacher, I worked with hawks, owls, and other birds of prey, in hopes of becoming an animal behaviorist. I’m getting a Ph.D., but I hate being called “Doctor”. Don’t start a conversation about food unless you have a few hours. And, oh yeah, I’m getting married next year on the Oregon coast.


Education:

MA, New York Academy of Art
BA, University of Arizona


Josh

Vesna Dragojlov

Professor


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.


Education:

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


Vesna

Angel Fuentes

Professor


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.


Education:

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


Angel

Eric Gillam

Associate Professor (Former)


SPECIALTY:
Game Art & Animation, Environment Modeling, Texturing, Materials, Animation, Rigging, Special FX, Lighting, Handheld, Console, PC, and Mobile Game Development

ACCOLADES:
14-year industry veteran who has worked on more than two dozen games such as: Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure, Guitar Hero, Band Hero, Transformers, Spider-Man, Tony Hawk, Marvel Ultimate Alliance, Crash Bandicoot, James Bond and Gilbert Goodmate. I have worked for a variety of publishers and production houses, such as: ActivisionIBlizzard, Disney, Sony, Nintendo, Prelusion Games, Microsoft, Nokia, Vivendo, Marvel and Macintosh. I taught for several years as a full-time game art and design instructor at AIPX, and I have also helped develop a number of CBT training programs for fortune 500 companies within the Phoenix area.

FUN FACT:
I graduated from The University of Arizona Magna Cum Laude with major areas of study focused on Art as well as Astrophysics. I enjoy the constantly growing and changing world of gaming and electronic entertainment, and I love sharing my knowledge with students and peers who share this passion.


Education:

BFA in Arts & Multimedia, University of Arizona


Eric

James Gordon

Professor


SPECIALTY:
Computer Science, building and maintaining software systems in team environments, analysis, verification and optimization of new software systems

ACCOLADES:
Studied music at Arizona State University. Composed and recorded a song titled “No City Lights” for Windham Hill guitar sampler (available on Amazon). I have done work for Nike, Boeing and Microsoft for eight years of software QA/development, managing software development teams and performance engineering. DShift technologies – Founder and president, web development and sales for web design company.

FUN FACT:
I love to swim, run play basketball and play guitar.


Education:

MS Computer Science, University of Washington
BS Computer Science, University of Washington


James

Deborah Haralson

Associate Professor


SPECIALTY:
Network Engineering, Security and Forensics


ACCOLADES:
Deborah Haralson has been a computer geek since elementary school, learning BASIC programming on her father's Commodore VIC20. High school brought the technological bleeding edge, learning GWBASIC programming on an 8086 AT&T backplaned box with no hard disk drive. While going to school for engineering, she discovered that her true passion was for IT, and began working on Windows, DOS, and Macintosh network clients, quickly graduating to network servers and WAN technologies. In over twenty-five years of experience in the IT field, she has worked for companies such as Honeywell, MicroAge, and many others. Along the way, she has become proficient in a wide array of hardware, software, and operating systems, along with an occasional stint as a PBX & ACD admin, DBA, trainer, Webmaster, and application programmer. Deborah has worked with Microsoft server products since the original NT 3.1 beta, and has enjoyed the experience ever since then.

Deborah has been in the adult education industry for more than ten years, working for numerous post-secondary institutions. UAT is definitely the best place to be and to learn.
Deborah is a published author, and has authored/co-authored several technology books dedicated toward helping others navigate the jungles of the IT and Networking worlds. Having earned her Bachelor's degree in Information Technology, and her Master's in Adult Education, Deborah enjoys finding creative ways to teach and learn.


FUN FACT:
Tennessee State Piano Champion at age 11 and 13


Education:

M.Ed, University of Phoenix
BS, Information Technology


Deborah

Natalia Hughson

Associate Professor (Former)


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.”


Education:

Kharkov Medical School


Natalia

James Justin

Associate Professor (Former)


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!


Education:

BS in Computer Science, UC Riverside


James

Al Kelly

Professor


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. FUN FACT:
I love the great outdoors and Arizona is the greatest playground in the world. From North to South; East to West you will find great; camping, hiking, kayaking, and off-roading. You can say I have a passion for the great outdoors and can live it in Arizona.


Education:

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


Al

Matthew Marquit

Professor


SPECIALTY:
Game Design/Game Art & Animation Full Time Instructor

ACCOLADES:
I have more than seven years of industry experience creating professional quality art for videogames. I worked for Rainbow Studios (THQ) and Big Bang Entertainment (Sony Online Entertainment). During my time with these companies, I shipped five games including Pixar's Cars, Free Realms and Star Wars Clone Wars Adventures. I have also worked as a freelance artist doing graphic design, web development and architectural renderings. I started teaching in 2008 at Collins College in both their Game Production and Graphic Design degrees. I quickly learned to love teaching, and it has since become a passion of mine. I hold myself responsible to my students, and I look forward to each and every class. Talent is earned, and I believe that work ethic and motivation are the keys to success.

FUN FACT:
I'm a twin and he, ironically enough, is also a college teacher. I grew up in New York, and I'm from a small town in the middle of no-where called Surprise.


Education:

BA, Game Art and Design


Matthew

Ryan Meuth

Professor (Former)


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.


Education:

PhD Missouri University of Science and Technology


Ryan

Josh Miller

Associate Professor


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.


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


Josh

Phil Miller

Associate Professor (Former)


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.


Education:

MBA, North Central University
BA, Arizona State University


Phil

Jorge Portillo

Professor


ACCOLADES:
As a traditional 2D animator, I transitioned my skill set into a multitude of design avenues. Within the past nine years I have held a variety of industry positions that range from 3D/2D Game Art Generalist, Graphic Designer, Motion Graphics Artist, Video Editor and Art Director.

While working in the industry I was able to share my experience and knowledge to aspiring creative individuals. My students have held positions at Bioware, Schell games, Rainbow Studios and 2K Sports.

In my spare time I enjoy drawing, painting, modeling (3D) and working on Animation short films.

FUN FACT:
At age 22, I became one of the youngest instructors to ever teach at a Higher Education level in Arizona.


Education:

BA in Media Arts, Art Institute of Phoenix


Jorge

Gavin Regnaert

Associate Professor


SPECIALTY:
Japanese Language

ACCOLADES:
My passion for teaching began when I taught English as an assistant language teacher in Matsue, Japan through the JET Program. I returned home to become the first graduate student and teaching assistant in Arizona State University’s Japanese MA program. Upon graduation, I re-launched Japanese in Mesa Public Schools and also started the district’s first Mandarin Chinese language program. I have gone on to produce award-winning students each year at the annual Arizona Japanese speech contest. As UAT’s Japanese Club sponsor, I help students connect with Japanese language and culture through one-on-one and group tutoring, video messaging with students in Japan, and field trips to local Japanese restaurants and cultural events.

FUN FACT:
I am a huge fan of G.I.Joe and enjoy collecting and customizing its action figures.


Education:

MA, Arizona State University
BA, Arizona State University


Gavin

Ben Reichert

Professor


SPECIALTY:
Game Design, Production and Entrepreneurship

ACCOLADES:
Working with students on game projects and ventures is insanely rewarding. When I chose to dive into the game industry after a successful career in public relations I couldn't have imagined all of the fantastic people and opportunities I would be interacting with on a daily basis. I've made it my mission to mentor and share all of the experiences - set backs and successes - that I've had to help students envision and grow into the learners and leaders they want to be.

FUN FACT:
Before working in the game industry I spent nine years in Brussels, Belgium working as an activist in international relations and intelligent transportation systems and services. A big proponent of democracy, I enjoy monitoring elections in the USA and abroad, and in 2003 found myself in the middle of the bloodless "Rose Revolution" in Georgia.


Education:

MA, University of Kent Brussels School of International Studies
BA, University of Wisconsin


Ben

Karyn Ricci

Associate Professor


SPECIALTY:
Visual Communications and Digital Media

ACCOLADES:
I was a recipient of an “Ideas that Matter” grant from Sappi Fine Papers. This grant enabled me to work with a non-profit organization to produce “52 Reasons,” a deck of cards that highlights reasons to support the arts in Arizona. This piece was added to the permanent collection of the Arizona Chapter of AIGA.

FUN FACT:
I am from Detroit, Michigan, and I like to spend my spare time traveling and making art with my three daughters.


Education:

MFA, University of Arizona
BFA, Grand Valley State University


Karyn

Russ Rogers

Associate Professor


SPECIALTY:
Network Security

ACCOLADES:
I started my career in the USAF, working for the NSA and DISA. I am the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of two private companies and have authored or tech edited 20+ books on hacking and security. I speak and teach at security conferences around the world and am also one of the national organizers of the annual DEFCON hacker conference held in Las Vegas. I am currently Program Champion and Professor of Network Security at University of Advancing Technology. I have been interviewed on CNN, conducted research for DARPA and 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.


Education:

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


Russ

Todd Spencer

Professor


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.


Education:

BA, Wheaton College
MA, Arizona State University


Todd

Lynn Understiller

Professor


ACCOLADES:
Over 20 years of experience in AAA game development with companies such as Sony Computer Entertainment and THQ/Rainbow Studios. Specialties include Concept, Design, Modeling, Rigging, Animation, and FX, with an emphasis on Concept, Characters, Cutscenes, and Animation. Disney, Marvel, Warner Bros, and Fox are a few of the other studios for whom I have produced art and animation, digitally and traditionally.

Over 15 game titles including:

MX vs ATV Reflex
MX vs ATV Untamed
MX vs ATV Unleashed
Smackdown vs Raw
Street Race
UFC style fighting title
NFL Xtreme
NFL Xtreme2
NBA Shootout
NFL GameDay
A number of the top college and franchise titles for NFL, NBA, MLB, and NHL
2Xtreme
Rally Cross
Pinocchio
Others

FUN FACT:
Since 1995, I’ve had the pleasure of teaming up on over 15 AAA titles at top companies such as Sony and THQ/Rainbow Studios.


Education:

Arizona State University
Scottsdale Artists School
Sedona Arts Center
American Animation Institute North Hollywood
Video Broadcast Professional Education Services
Garden Grove College
Orange Coast College
San Diego Mesa College
Santa Ana College
University of California, San Diego  


Lynn

Natasha Vita-More

Professor


SPECIALTY:
Human Enhancement Technology, Emerging Technology, Multi-Media and Design and Bio Science

ACCOLADES:
Exhibited at the National Centre for Contemporary Art, London; featured at "Evolution Haute Couture: Art and Science in Post-Biological Age", Moscow; cover story Wired magazine 2000 Special Issue; Awarded First Place at the Memphis Memorial Museum; received Special Mention "Women in Video"; Guest Editor of The Global Spiral academic journal, Editorial Board of International Journal of Green Nanotechnology; author Create / Recreate: the 3rd Millennial Culture, and co-editor and author of The Transhumanist Reader published by Wiley-Blackwell; and producer and host of “H+TV Minds Matter.”

FUN FACT:
Hiked 33 miles through Haleakala volcano, built a hologram in the research lab of a mock up shuttle at Space Camp and designed a whole body bio-tech prosthetic prototype.


Education:

PhD ­ University of Plymouth in Media Design and Technology
MPhil ­ Univeristy of Plymoutn in Technology & Communications
MSc ­ University of Houston, Future Studies
BFA ­ University of Memphis ­ Fine Arts


Natasha

Yvonne Watterson

Professor


ACCOLADES:
For almost three decades, my career has flourished around teaching and learning. Originally from Northern Ireland, I began my professional journey as a high school English teacher in Belfast. I spent the next sixteen years teaching in Phoenix school districts and also served as adjunct faculty for the Maricopa Community Colleges District, Western International University, and the University of Phoenix Continuing Teacher Education program. I then pursued a career as a school administrator and was at the forefront of Arizona’s chart school movement for fifteen years and recognized for my efforts in school reform by the Arizona Department of Education.

I have been active in the Phoenix community, receiving various awards for my work in education and immigration including the 2010 YWCA Tribute to Women Social Justice Leader Award and the 2009 ASU Horquilla Leadership Award. In 2008, I received a City of Phoenix MOLK Living the Dream Award, The Hispanic School Administrators Association Award for Leadership, and a NAU Martin Springer Institute Moral Courage Award. My work on immigration was featured in the New York Times. In 2012, I was invited to Washington, D.C. to speak on the Capitol Hill about efforts to reform formative assessment in public schools.

FUN FACT:
I love writing and blogging regularly about the turns my life has taken since being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011. I write a column, News Travels for my hometown newspaper, The Antrim Guardian in Northern Ireland. In 2009, I published a book, “Documented Dreams” to support the children of immigrants in their pursuit of a college education.


Education:

BEd, Education, Queens University of Belfast, Northern Ireland
MA, Adult and Continuing Education and teaching, University of Phoenix
MAEd, Educational Administration and Supervision, University of Phoenix


Yvonne

Kristy Westphal

Adjunct Professor


SPECIALTY:
Forensics and Information Security

ACCOLADES:
I have 21 years of experience in the Information Security industry.

FUN FACT:
I love trying to get the technical out of people in a language we can all understand.


Education:

MBA, Arizona State University
BSB, University of Arizona


Kristy

Current Adjunct and Full-Time Faculty

On-Ground

Robin Arroyo

Credentials:

Bachelors: Criminal Justice, Arizona State University.

Classes:

General Education

Maureen Beam

Credentials:

Bachelors: Interdisciplinary Studies, Northern Arizona University. English, Northern Arizona University.

Classes:

General Education

Craig Belanger

Credentials:

Bachelors: Creative Writing, University of Arizona. – ProfessorMasters: Science and Technology, University of Advancing Technology. English, Northern Arizona University.

Classes:

Core, General Education

Gerald Bohulano

Credentials:

Bachelors: Journalism and Mass Communication, Arizona State University. – Masters: Educational Leadership, Northern Arizona University.

Classes:

General Education

Sharon Bolman

Credentials:

Bachelors: Management, Arizona State University. – ProfessorMasters: Theater, Arizona State University.

Classes:

Digital Video, General Education

David Bolman

Credentials:

Bachelors: Computer Graphics, Arizona State University. – Doctorate: Business, Northcentral University. Masters: Technology, Arizona State University.

Classes:

Core

Jalelia K. Brumand

Credentials:

Bachelors: Geography, Arizona State University. Sustainability, Arizona State University. – Masters: Energy and the Environment, Lancaster University (England).

Classes:

Core, General Education

Bradley Bush

Credentials:

Bachelors: International Studies, Utah State University. – Masters: Industrial Mathematics, Utah State University.

Classes:

General Education

Stephen Campbell

Credentials:

Bachelors: CAD and Virtual Reality, University of Advancing Technology – Masters: Education, American InterContinental University

Classes:

Advancing Computer Science, Core, Game Design

Derric Clark

Credentials:

Bachelors: Multimedia, University of Advancing Technology. – Masters: Psychology, North Central University. Learning and Technology, Western Governors University

Classes:

Game Design

Paul DeNigris

Credentials:

Bachelors: Film and Video Production, University of Buffalo. – Masters: Digital Cinema, National University.

Classes:

Digital Video

Nathan Eskue

Credentials:

Bachelors: Business Administration, University of Arizona. – Masters: Business Administration, University of Arizona.

Classes:

Core

Mark Fedasiuk

Credentials:

Bachelors: Electrical Engineering, Rutgers University. – Masters: Technology Leadership, University of Advancing Technology.

Classes:

Advancing Computer Science, Digital Maker and Fabrication, Robotics and Embedded Systems

Angel G. Fuentes

Credentials:

Bachelors: Physics, University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez. – Masters: Physics, Arizona State University.

Classes:

General Education

James Gordon

Credentials:

Bachelors: Computing & Software Systems, University of Washington. – Masters: Computing & Software Systems, University of Washington.

Classes:

Advancing Computer Science

Frank Griffitts

Credentials:

Bachelors: Applied Management, Grand Canyon University.

Classes:

Technology Forensics

Matthew Henry

Credentials:

Bachelors: Psychology, Arizona State University. – Doctorate: Educational Technology (ABD), Arizona State University.

Classes:

Game Programming

John Lannarelli

Credentials:

Bachelors: Speech and Theater, Montclair State University. Communication, Montclair State University. – Doctorate: Juris Doctor, University of San Diego.

Classes:

Network Engineering, Network Security

William T. Liffiton

Credentials:

Bachelors: Education, Arizona State University. – Masters: Liberal Education, S. John's College.

Classes:

General Education

Matthew Marquit

Credentials:

Bachelors: Game Art and Design, Art Institute of Phoenix.

Classes:

Game Art and Animation, Game Design

Greg Miles

Credentials:

Bachelors: Electrical Engineering, University of Cincinnati. – Doctorate: Engineering Management, Kennedy-Western University. Masters: Business Administration, Central Michigan University.

Classes:

Network Engineering, Network Security, Technology Forensics

Tristan Moore

Credentials:

Bachelors: Game Art and Animation, University of Advancing Technology.

Classes:

Game Art and Animation

Heather Peters

Credentials:

Bachelors: Secondary Education, Arizona State University. – Masters: Education, Northern Arizona University.

Classes:

General Education

Abigail Pfeiffer

Credentials:

Bachelors: Humanities, Northern Arizona University. – Masters: Military History, Norwich University.

Classes:

General Education

Jorge Portillo

Credentials:

Bachelors: Media Arts and Animation, Art Institute of Phoenix.

Classes:

Game Art and Animation, Serious Game and Simulation

Gavin Regnaert

Credentials:

Bachelors: Japanese, Arizona State University. – Masters: Asian Language Civilization and Japanese, Arizona State University.

Classes:

General Education

Ben Reichert

Credentials:

Bachelors: International Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison. – Masters: International Relations, University of Kent.

Classes:

Game Design

Karyn Ricci

Credentials:

Bachelors: Graphic Design, Grand Valley State University. – Masters: Visual Communications, University of Arizona.

Classes:

Digital Media

Jeff Rosenberg

Credentials:

Bachelors: Game Programming, University of Advancing Technology

Classes:

Game Art and Animation, Game Design

Kent Slack

Credentials:

Bachelors: Physics Teaching & Minor in Computer Science Teaching, Brigham Young University – Doctorate: Educational Technology (ABD), Arizona State University. Masters: Educational Technology, Arizona State University.

Classes:

Advancing Computer Science, General Education

Mark Smith

Credentials:

Bachelors: Management, University of Phoenix. – Doctorate: Organizational Leadership (ABD), Argosy University. Masters: Business Administration, University of Phoenix. Leadership, Grand Canyon University.

Classes:

Core, General Education

Keith C. Swanson

Credentials:

Bachelors: Sociology, Arizona State University – Masters: Information Management, Arizona State University

Classes:

Technology Forensics

Scott Swenka

Credentials:

Bachelors: Computer Systems, American Intercontinental University. – Masters: Information Assurance, University of Dallas.

Classes:

Network Engineering, Network Security, Technology Forensics

Lynn Understiller

Credentials:

Bachelors: Game Art and Animation, University of Advancing Technology

Classes:

Game Art and Animation

Allyson Videtic

Credentials:

Bachelors: Political Science, University of Illinois at Chicago – Masters: Political Administration, University of Illinois at Chicago.

Classes:

General Education

Natasha Vita-More

Credentials:

Bachelors: Art, Memphis State University. – Doctorate: Life Expansion, University of Plymouth (UK). Masters: Studies of the Future, University of Houston, Clear Lake.

Classes:

Core, General Education, Technology Studies

Online

Maureen Beam

Credentials:

Bachelors: Interdisciplinary Studies, Northern Arizona University. English, Northern Arizona University.

Classes:

General Education

Craig Belanger

Credentials:

Bachelors: Creative Writing, University of Arizona. – ProfessorMasters: Science and Technology, University of Advancing Technology. English, Northern Arizona University.

Classes:

Core, General Education

Robert Benton

Credentials:

Bachelors: Technology (Nuclear Technologies), Excelsior College. – Masters: Information Assurance, University of Advancing Technology.

Classes:

Network Security

Gerald Bohulano

Credentials:

Bachelors: Journalism and Mass Communication, Arizona State University. – Masters: Educational Leadership, Northern Arizona University.

Classes:

General Education

Sharon Bolman

Credentials:

Bachelors: Management, Arizona State University. – ProfessorMasters: Theater, Arizona State University.

Classes:

General Education

David Bolman

Credentials:

Bachelors: Computer Graphics, Arizona State University. – Doctorate: Business, Northcentral University. Masters: Technology, Arizona State University.

Classes:

Core

Mark Bowles

Credentials:

Bachelors: Psychology, University of Akron. – Doctorate: History, Case Western Reserve University. Masters: History, University of Akron. Technology Management Services, University of Phoenix.

Classes:

General Education

Jalelia K. Brumand

Credentials:

Bachelors: Geography, Arizona State University. Sustainability, Arizona State University. – Masters: Energy and the Environment, Lancaster University (England).

Classes:

Core, General Education

Bradley Bush

Credentials:

Bachelors: International Studies, Utah State University. – Masters: Industrial Mathematics, Utah State University.

Classes:

General Education

Kristina Bybee

Credentials:

Bachelors: English, Arizona State University – Masters: Curriculum and Instruction, Arizona State University

Classes:

General Education

Stephen Campbell

Credentials:

Bachelors: CAD and Virtual Reality, University of Advancing Technology – Masters: Education, American InterContinental University

Classes:

Advancing Computer Science, Core, Game Design

Cammen Chan

Credentials:

Bachelors: Electrical Engineering, Wentworth Institute of Technology – Masters: Electrical Engineering, Boston University

Classes:

Advancing Computer Science, Network Security, Technology Forensics

Phil Chen

Credentials:

Bachelors: Software Engineering, University of Advancing Technology. – Masters: IT Management, Western Governors University.

Classes:

Network Security

Derric Clark

Credentials:

Bachelors: Multimedia, University of Advancing Technology. – Masters: Psychology, North Central University. Learning and Technology, Western Governors University

Classes:

Game Design

Jill Coddington

Credentials:

Bachelors: Applied Mathematics, University of Colorado. – Doctorate: Mathematics, Union Institute Masters: Business Administration, University of Phoenix. Engineering (Software Engineering), Regis University.

Classes:

Advancing Computer Science, General Education

Nathan Eskue

Credentials:

Bachelors: Business Administration, University of Arizona. – Masters: Business Administration, University of Arizona.

Classes:

Core

Mark Fedasiuk

Credentials:

Bachelors: Electrical Engineering, Rutgers University. – Masters: Technology Leadership, University of Advancing Technology.

Classes:

Advancing Computer Science

James Gordon

Credentials:

Bachelors: Computing & Software Systems, University of Washington. – Masters: Computing & Software Systems, University of Washington.

Classes:

Advancing Computer Science

Frank Griffitts

Credentials:

Bachelors: Applied Management, Grand Canyon University.

Classes:

Technology Forensics

Diane Hamilton

Credentials:

Bachelors: Business Management, Arizona State University. – Doctorate: Business Administration, Northcentral University. Masters: Organizational Management, University of Phoenix.

Classes:

Core

Matthew Henry

Credentials:

Bachelors: Psychology, Arizona State University. – Doctorate: Educational Technology (ABD), Arizona State University.

Classes:

Game Programming

Brian Kirouac

Credentials:

Bachelors: Computer Science, Radford University. – Masters: Information Systems Security, Colorado Technical University. Management, Colorado Technical University.

Classes:

Network Security

John Lannarelli

Credentials:

Bachelors: Speech and Theater, Montclair State University. Communication, Montclair State University. – Doctorate: Juris Doctor, University of San Diego.

Classes:

Network Security

Paul Lindvay

Credentials:

Bachelors: Aeronautical Science, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

Classes:

Technology Forensics

Matthew Marquit

Credentials:

Bachelors: Game Art and Design, Art Institute of Phoenix.

Classes:

Game Art and Animation, Game Design

Steve Merka

Credentials:

Bachelors: Digital Art and Design, University of Advancing Technology.

Classes:

Game Programming

Greg Miles

Credentials:

Bachelors: Electrical Engineering, University of Cincinnati. – Doctorate: Engineering Management, Kennedy-Western University. Masters: Business Administration, Central Michigan University.

Classes:

Network Security, Technology Forensics

Josh Miller

Credentials:

Bachelors: History, Business, Illinois State University. – Doctorate: JD, Phoenix School of Law. Masters: History, Illinois State University Education, University of Phoenix.

Classes:

General Education

Tristan Moore

Credentials:

Bachelors: Game Art and Animation, University of Advancing Technology.

Classes:

Game Art and Animation

Heather Peters

Credentials:

Bachelors: Secondary Education, Arizona State University. – Masters: Education, Northern Arizona University.

Classes:

General Education

Abigail Pfeiffer

Credentials:

Bachelors: Humanities, Northern Arizona University. – Masters: Military History, Norwich University.

Classes:

General Education

Jorge Portillo

Credentials:

Bachelors: Media Arts and Animation, Art Institute of Phoenix.

Classes:

Game Art and Animation

Gavin Regnaert

Credentials:

Bachelors: Japanese, Arizona State University. – Masters: Asian Language Civilization and Japanese, Arizona State University.

Classes:

General Education

Ben Reichert

Credentials:

Bachelors: International Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison. – Masters: International Relations, University of Kent.

Classes:

Game Design

Jeff Rosenberg

Credentials:

Bachelors: Game Programming, University of Advancing Technology

Classes:

Game Art and Animation, Game Design

Kent Slack

Credentials:

Bachelors: Physics Teaching & Minor in Computer Science Teaching, Brigham Young University – Doctorate: Educational Technology (ABD), Arizona State University. Masters: Educational Technology, Arizona State University.

Classes:

Advancing Computer Science, General Education

Mark Smith

Credentials:

Bachelors: Management, University of Phoenix. – Doctorate: Organizational Leadership (ABD), Argosy University. Masters: Business Administration, University of Phoenix. Leadership, Grand Canyon University.

Classes:

Core, General Education

Keith C. Swanson

Credentials:

Bachelors: Sociology, Arizona State University – Masters: Information Management, Arizona State University

Classes:

Technology Forensics

Scott Swenka

Credentials:

Bachelors: Computer Systems, American Intercontinental University. – Masters: Information Assurance, University of Dallas.

Classes:

Network Security, Technology Forensics

Lynn Understiller

Credentials:

Bachelors: Game Art and Animation, University of Advancing Technology

Classes:

Game Art and Animation

Allyson Videtic

Credentials:

Bachelors: Political Science, University of Illinois at Chicago – Masters: Political Administration, University of Illinois at Chicago.

Classes:

General Education

Natasha Vita-More

Credentials:

Bachelors: Art, Memphis State University. – Doctorate: Life Expansion, University of Plymouth (UK). Masters: Studies of the Future, University of Houston, Clear Lake.

Classes:

Core, General Education

Ellen Wolterbeek

Credentials:

Bachelors: Communication, Regis College. – Doctorate: Curriculum and Instruction, Arizona State University. Masters: Humanities, Arizona State University.

Classes:

General Education

Graduate

David Bolman

Credentials:

Bachelors: Computer Graphics, Arizona State University. – Doctorate: Business, Northcentral University. Masters: Technology, Arizona State University.

Classes:

Core

Jill Coddington

Credentials:

Bachelors: Applied Mathematics, University of Colorado. – Doctorate: Mathematics, Union Institute Masters: Business Administration, University of Phoenix. Engineering (Software Engineering), Regis University.

Classes:

Advancing Computer Science

Nathan Eskue

Credentials:

Bachelors: Business Administration, University of Arizona. – Masters: Business Administration, University of Arizona.

Classes:

Core

John Lannarelli

Credentials:

Bachelors: Speech and Theater, Montclair State University. Communication, Montclair State University. – Doctorate: Juris Doctor, University of San Diego.

Greg Miles

Credentials:

Bachelors: Electrical Engineering, University of Cincinnati. – Doctorate: Engineering Management, Kennedy-Western University. Masters: Business Administration, Central Michigan University.

Ben Reichert

Credentials:

Bachelors: International Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison. – Masters: International Relations, University of Kent.

Mark Smith

Credentials:

Bachelors: Management, University of Phoenix. – Doctorate: Organizational Leadership (ABD), Argosy University. Masters: Business Administration, University of Phoenix. Leadership, Grand Canyon University.

Classes:

Core

Natasha Vita-More

Credentials:

Bachelors: Art, Memphis State University. – Doctorate: Life Expansion, University of Plymouth (UK). Masters: Studies of the Future, University of Houston, Clear Lake.

Classes:

Core

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