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ABOUT UAT
University of Advancing Technology is an elite, private college that serves its student body by fostering knowledge creation and academic excellence in an environment that embraces the young technophiles of the world. With three centers of research and a suite of technology-centered undergraduate and graduate degrees, the University is a recognized leader in technology education.

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    Meet New Freshmen

    Meet New Freshmen

    (Feb 09, 2018)

    One of the biggest projects at UAT right now is Help Falls, a student short horror film. The cast and crew are reaching new heights in Payson, Arizona on the...

    Daniel McWhorter – Not afraid to get involved, ask questions and engage with topics in other disciplines, Daniel is a brand new student at UAT, studying Game Art and Animation. His professors have noticed that Daniel stands out for being conscientious and creative within the mere months that he’s been with us. Daniel appreciates the intimate setting that UAT provides where he can casually meet with tutors, mentors and professors for help in the Commons. Daniel has been earning top marks in class, but still finds time for fun, personal projects like a cool “prop space blaster,” where he gets to let his creativity take over! The sky is not the limit when technology is the medium! Let your passion lead you out of this world like Daniel and his prop space blaster! 

    Lyndsey Boggs – Lyndsey’s passion for technology led her to UAT from her hometown in Rogers, Minnesota. As a game designer, she’s been diving headfirst into projects, collaborating in teams and letting her innovative ideas run wild. With access to the best resources in game development at UAT, Lyndsey is perfecting her skills and considering adding a second major in game programming to her arsenal in order to reach her dreams of landing a career in level design or narrative design in the future. Lyndsey also pitched an idea for a cool restaurant concept called “Pizza Sweetza” in Professor Mark Smith’s Business Technology class and won a 3d printed Mark Tank trophy! The phrase “can’t stop, won’t stop” comes to mind as Lindsey continues to absorb all the game dev knowledge she possibly can. 

    Konrad Burns – In his first week at UAT, Konrad formed a team and together they created a winning project for the iconic Provost Challenge, where Dr. Dave Bolman gives the following instructions, “Create something cool and complete. GO!” This broadness of the assignment allows for creativity, innovation and technology to intersect, enabling students to develop a range of neat projects. Winning the Provost Challenge helped to spark Konrad’s enthusiasm for UAT, as he realized that passion for technology oozes from all corners of the building. He found his calling, the place where he can develop his skills and prepare for his dream career as an art lead for a major game company. Keep an eye on Konrad in the future! 

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    Code Your Future

    Code Your Future

    (Feb 09, 2018)

    UAT Game Studios has always had a presence at Comicon, but this year, game project team leads stepped it up to pitch Phoenix Comicon as panelists, and they were selected!...

    UAT is a tremendous advocate for encouraging local youngsters – male and female to get immersed in the world of technology. 

    Code Day, put on by Startup AZ Foundation, is instrumental in furthering that mission by gathering students ages 9-20 in underserved populations and areas with limited technical resources together at UAT with extensive access to tech for this 24-hour hacking event. 

    The goal of Code Day is to offer a fun event where students can digest and learn coding skills in hopes to expose young tech lovers to career possibilities in the world of programming and information technology. 

    Don’t know how to code yet? That’s okay! Students with all skill levels are welcome to participate and learn along the way. Code Day offers workshops and mentors to offer helpful advice throughout the hackathon.

    UAT is proud to regularly host Code Day Phoenix, working towards making Arizona a technology hub for the future.

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    The Thrill of 48 Hours

    The Thrill of 48 Hours

    (Feb 09, 2018)

    Game lead Donald Schepis, left, (Game Design) with James Boyce, center, (Game Programming) and Tony Johnson (Game Art and Animation and Game Design) are given this awesome, real-world opportunity each...

    In celebration of UAT’s Founding Day, faculty and staff take the day off, but that doesn’t mean students are just sitting around the tech-infused campus bored… no way! As a tradition, the UAT Game Studios department hosts a 48-hour game jam on Sept. 23, in honor of UAT’s Founder’s Day. 

    What is a game jam, you ask? 

    A game jam is a dedicated game development event lasting 48 hours, that gives game developers including designers, programmers and artists the opportunity to work together to build a complete game. No, it’s not required for students to partake in the game jam, but there are some great reasons to do so such as the opportunity to improve on your skills, meet new developers, utilize quick decision making and problem solving, as well as have a complete game build to add to your portfolio to show future, potential employers. 

    Game Jam’s may take a lot of work, but for a game developer who’s looking to break into the industry, the payoff is big! Employers like Blizzard Entertainment and Bungie want to see that applicants went above and beyond their assigned classwork and invested extra time into themselves and their skills. 

    If developing video games for industry is what you want in your future, don’t miss out on game jam’s held at UAT throughout the year. 

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    Comic Fest

    Comic Fest

    (Feb 09, 2018)

    Enjoy a game of Ultimate Frisbee, like Darren Arnold, foreground, (Advancing Computer Science) and Senior Resident Assistant (RA) Jacob Glass (Digital Video) are doing on this sunny winter February day....

    A huge highlight of the summer for UAT students and faculty alike is the epic Phoenix Comic Fest, known for swarming the downtown Phoenix Convention Center for 4 awesome days of Sci-Fi, super hero and comic book shenanigans! 

    UAT added value to Comic Fest (formerly Phoenix Comic Con) by offering advice from Program Champion Derric Clark, who spoke on a panel on Game Development along with other local experts. 

    UAT Game Studios students and alumni also featured their indie games at the Southwest Video Game Showcase on platforms such as the HTC Vive, Samsung VR and Google Cardboard, as well as PC and mobile. Comic Fest attendees had the opportunity to play Escape Room VR, a game designed for an external client by alumni Waden Kane Studios. Other UAT games featured were Morpheus, which was a UAT Game Studios build and Wizards 1984 VR created by alumni Terrasect Mobile, LLC. 

    Students let their creativity run wild as many drew inspiration from their favorite film or video game to dress up in cosplay for the day, some even had multiple cosplays to choose from, a different character for each day! 

    As lovers of all things geeks, the student body at UAT can’t wait for the Phoenix Comic Fest to return in May 2018! 

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    Quick Anxiety Kit

    Quick Anxiety Kit

    (Aug 22, 2017)

    You’re going to be okay, friend! That’s the reassurance the Quick Anxiety Kit provides in this Student Innovation Project that can be a much-needed extended hand of support when anxiety...

    You’re going to be okay, friend!

    That’s the reassurance the Quick Anxiety Kit provides in this Student Innovation Project that can be a much-needed extended hand of support when anxiety occurs.

    It’s staggering! According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), about 40 million people between the ages of 18-54 are affected with anxiety in the U.S. alone. Of those people, roughly only 10 percent will get the effective help that they need.

    Quick Anxiety Kit is an app, which can be downloaded for free to help people who experience anxiety or panic attacks by using artistic components shown to have calming effects. These components include the color scheme, pictures, videos and a mini-game. The app will track when the user typically feels anxious and give them a reminder that the app is there when they need it and applaud/encourage them when they have had their anxiety under control for some time.

    Tappy Cat is the game within the app, designed to replicate a type of psychotherapy, called EMDR, which is used primarily to help work slowly through the trauma with the guide of a therapist. It also works without the guide of the therapist by replicating rapid eye movement that occurs while sleeping, which can help calm the body and mind.

    A free, interactive user tracking feature also helps individuals and caregivers keep track of anxiety episodes and which options on the app they are using. Choose from five different options: the breathing app, EMDR game, music player, check the user statistics, and Change the Settings.

     

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    A Cliffhanger, Special effects magic, A Class Act, and Bringing Zombies to Life

    A Cliffhanger, Special effects magic, A Class Act, and Bringing Zombies to Life

    (Mar 14, 2017)

    One of the biggest projects at UAT right now is Help Falls, a student short horror film. The cast and crew are reaching new heights in Payson, Arizona on the...

    One of the biggest projects at UAT right now is Help Falls, a student short horror film. The cast and crew are reaching new heights in Payson, Arizona on the set of this interactive student horror film where they filmed the opening sequence. Pictured here are Digital Video students Jordan Wippell, Killian Davies, Jake Turocy, Brandon Scott, Paul Lopez, Alex Beaver, Patrick Kebert and others. Payson is just two short hours from the technology University in the heart of the Phoenix metropolitan area. When finished, the unique short film will include six sub genres and not just one but 30 possible endings. Terror you choose. Lots of great settings in Arizona inspire students to cross-collaborate and develop new ideas in filmmaking and game design.

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    Imagination Runs a Race With Veggies

    Imagination Runs a Race With Veggies

    (Mar 13, 2017)

    Imagination can be very organic at UAT. No, really! New students work together to design race cars out of vegetables and race to see who built the fastest car! Don’t...

    Imagination can be very organic at UAT. No, really! New students work together to design race cars out of vegetables and race to see who built the fastest car! Don’t be fooled by the food. They’re learning quite a lot about the physics and aerodynamics involved, and cross-collaborating with a host of other academic degree programs that begins their preparation for the real world. Not to mention sparking a creative idea or two along the way. 

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    A New Take on Snake

    A New Take on Snake

    (Mar 12, 2017)

    When you can take what’s existing and find a new way to express it, change it, and build it to create new solutions, that’s innovation. And that’s what UAT student...

    When you can take what’s existing and find a new way to express it, change it, and build it to create new solutions, that’s innovation. And that’s what UAT student Andrew Weisenberger (Robotics and Embedded Systems major) did. He took the classic video game concept Snake, where the player maneuvers a line that grows in length, and developed his Student Innovation Project as its base. These comprehensive student projects at UAT are a state school’s equivalent of a master’s thesis but are way more fun and end up being leading projects in each student’s portfolio when they graduate and enter the workforce. 

    See some examples and learn more at uat.edu/sip.

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    Bird’s Eye View

    Bird’s Eye View

    (Mar 11, 2017)

    Students and professors gather in The Commons, the electrifying hub on the UAT campus. Whether they’re working or playing, they’re having a good time either way. UAT’s central Commons is...

    Students and professors gather in The Commons, the electrifying hub on the UAT campus. Whether they’re working or playing, they’re having a good time either way. UAT’s central Commons is outfitted with an abundance of computer workstations and an extensive technology infrastructure. Student and faculty learning and resource areas are designed to foster working in collegial groups, providing flexibility and much needed access to technology. An extensive library, social areas for students, the UAT Café, UAT student tutors and support staff are adjacent to enhance student life and collaborative learning.

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    Safety First!

    Safety First!

    (Mar 11, 2017)

    UAT student Garrett Tidd (Robotics and Embedded Systems) uses the heat shrink machine in the Robotics Lab to coat exposed cables to prevent the risk of being shocked. One of...

    UAT student Garrett Tidd (Robotics and Embedded Systems) uses the heat shrink machine in the Robotics Lab to coat exposed cables to prevent the risk of being shocked. One of the many safety protocols and procedures in place to ensure the safety and security of all students, faculty and staff. Nothing is as important as the safety and security of all members of the UAT community. 

    For more about UAT’s commitment to your safety, visit uat.edu/campus-security

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