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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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    Quick Anxiety Kit

    Quick Anxiety Kit

    (Aug 22, 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...

    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)

    UAT is the hub for many firsts. The first public demo of the cool new UnderEarth game took place at UAT during an Alumni Video Game Release Party. UAT alum...

    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)

    Fun and games in UAT Commons! Waden Kane Game Studios hosted a beta play test at UAT, and students in UAT Game Studios were all too eager to try out...

    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)

    Haley Crowell-Rodriguez, left, (Game Art and Animation) and alumni Alex Dinh (Digital Video and Game Design) are testing out some of the high-tech equipment from UAT’s Digital Video program they’ll...

    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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    Art and Technology in Sync

    Art and Technology in Sync

    (Mar 10, 2017)

    UAT students coach ballet dancers with Ballet Arizona on motion capture techniques as they film their graceful, fluid dance moves. (Killian Davies, Jackson Dwyer, Ethan Price, Kenna Draxton, Josh Milano,...

    UAT students coach ballet dancers with Ballet Arizona on motion capture techniques as they film their graceful, fluid dance moves. (Killian Davies, Jackson Dwyer, Ethan Price, Kenna Draxton, Josh Milano, Joel Albiter, Khirey Sumerall, and Amber Lewis) At this technology University, digital video and game design students gain experience in tracking and capturing live human motion, and applying those motions to digitally created characters and/or models.

    Often described as the Juilliard of technology, UAT recognizes the correlation between the art of dance and the art of technology. By offering a half-tuition scholarship to current Ballet Arizona dancers, we are opening a new channel of creative individuals to join the rapidly growing STEAM industry. While UAT has been recognized since the dawn of the computer age as one of the few 100 percent STEM-degree universities in the nation, the private technology University has always included the arts and humanities in curricula. With the tech respect graduates earn, they are full STEAM ahead. Explore where art and technology combined can take you. uat.edu/dv and uat.edu/gd

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    Learning the Art of  Character Creation

    Learning the Art of Character Creation

    (Mar 09, 2017)

    UAT student TJ Tapia (Game Art and Animation major) is working with advanced software programs in The Commons to create his character for Advanced Game Character Creation class (GAA440) taught...

    UAT student TJ Tapia (Game Art and Animation major) is working with advanced software programs in The Commons to create his character for Advanced Game Character Creation class (GAA440) taught by Professor Lynn Understiller. He’s applying his artistic knowledge and using a critical artistic eye—skills he’s learning in class—and is well on his way to becoming a skilled character modeler. 

    He and other students apply the techniques they learn to create hyper realistic game characters, creatures and vehicles used for Triple-A titles. Anatomy, automotive design and anthropomorphic creature construction are emphasized in this course. uat.edu/gaa

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    From software engineer to global entrepreneur

    From software engineer to global entrepreneur

    (Mar 08, 2017)

    Meet Merritt Graves, UAT alumnus whose software engineering passion expanded into many areas of technology that today are best represented by UAT’s Business Technology and Digital Maker and Fabrication degrees....

    Meet Merritt Graves, UAT alumnus whose software engineering passion expanded into many areas of technology that today are best represented by UAT’s Business Technology and Digital Maker and Fabrication degrees. He’s earned rock star status as Vice President at Cerberus Capital Management, L.P., one of the world’s leading private investment firms in New York City. It all began when his high school teacher connected him with CAD classes and ultimately to UAT.

    uat.edu/mgraves

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    Time to Renew & BBQ

    Time to Renew & BBQ

    (Mar 07, 2017)

    UAT Resident Assistants (RAs) Jenn Taflin and Killian Davies grill burgers and hot dogs for Founder’s Hall residents who gathered for a cookout and hacky sack to celebrate another semester...

    UAT Resident Assistants (RAs) Jenn Taflin and Killian Davies grill burgers and hot dogs for Founder’s Hall residents who gathered for a cookout and hacky sack to celebrate another semester of campus life fun! Founder’s Hall is the center of UAT’s vibrant Residence Life Community. Situated right on campus, Founder’s Hall is just one minute across the quad from your classes and is the perfect complement to the UAT classroom experience.

    Learn more about life on campus. uat.edu/housing

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