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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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    Monte Carlo Night

    Monte Carlo Night

    (Feb 26, 2018)

    Students, you have 48 hours. The mission is to include one specific prop and one required line of dialog in your film. Now, go make a movie! UAT Digital Video...

    UAT Founder’s Hall brings casino-style gaming to students and you don’t have to be 21+ or in Las Vegas to play along!

    Monte Carlo Night gives Founder’s Hall residents an opportunity to dress in fancy attire and take a chance on iconic games like Black Jack, Craps and Russian Roulette. No gambling required – or allowed, just fun and games with your classmates to take your mind off schoolwork for a bit. Founder’s Hall frequently offers a variety of extra-curricular activities to engage students’ interests.

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    Film Your Final

    Film Your Final

    (Feb 26, 2018)

    Back in 2016, UAT’s Digital Video Program teamed up with repeat collaborator Ayman Samman to produce a short film inspired by the “Arab Spring,” called “Toppled.” Samman, who starred in...

    Use your skills to your advantage! That’s what UAT Digital Video students enrolled in the Cinematography course like to do.

    With encouragement from their professor, they can omit a written test if they decide to film their final exam instead. One who does not know the process of creating a short film may think this is the easier of the two options, but that is simply not the case.

    In order to film the final, DV students will utilize skills they learned over the semester such as color grading, capturing sound effects, smooth and steady camera movement, and digital storytelling as they bring the tale to life. Filming your final also gives the student more practice in their craft of digital filmmaking versus writing a lengthy paper and the film is an asset to show future employers as the paper will not have much use after the class has ended.

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    Building a Bridge at Geek Camp

    Building a Bridge at Geek Camp

    (Feb 26, 2018)

    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...

    For a young adult with autism, the college experience can seem like a scary encounter instead of an opportunity to learn amazing things. To help provide a less intimidating bridge from high school to college, Southwest Autism Resource & Research Center (SARRC), New Way Academy and UAT partner together each summer to hold a weeklong summer camp for individuals age 16 to 26 with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

    This college summer tech camp helps these students navigate through the social aspect of attending classes, living in the dorms, eating at the campus cafe, participating in activities and more. It’s possible that many of these students would not feel comfortable enrolling in college but this camp helps illustrate that UAT has the perfect culture and environment to nurture students with all types of learning styles.

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    Carve Your Niche

    Carve Your Niche

    (Feb 26, 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!...

    With a chunk of clay in hand, a game artist’s imagination can run wild. The Sculpting class offered for UAT Game Studios artists gives students practice in character creation by allowing the artist to determine the look, shape and feel of the asset with their hands.

    Students use skills they have learned throughout the Game Art and Animation curriculum such as texturing, perspectives, dimensioning and more to create a realistic character with physically accurate biology. This project is helpful in illustrating how a character would interact within a video game world giving the artist a insight on ways to make future games more interactive, fun and realistic.

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    Summer Sizzles with Cyber Security

    Summer Sizzles with Cyber Security

    (Feb 26, 2018)

    Blog written by student Michael Bradley, UAT Network Security/ Network Engineering student Network Security is a growing field and with the increase in cyber warfare, it’s not slowing down. There...

    Opportunities in Cyber Security heat up during the summer with well-known industry events like Black Hat and DEF CON!

    Each summer, UAT Cyber Security students can apply to work as paid volunteers at the iconic Black Hat Briefings in Las Vegas. No, they aren’t there to party! At Black Hat, they gain industry experience in setting up networks, WiFi connections, routers, switches, and much more. This internship alone can open so many doors for students looking to network and break into the industry upon graduation.

    The day after Black Hat ends, DEF CON begins and many students stick around to attend or work at DEF CON, as well. Occasionally some lucky students who showed promise at Black Hat have been asked to work as DEF CON Goons, aka security, which is an honored privilege.

    DEF CON is full of hacking activities like Capture the Flag (CTF), Pentesting, and the Lock Picking Village as well as vendors and companies from all aspects of the Cyber Security world. While at Black Hat or DEF CON, students may find solid job opportunities by simply immersing themselves in the industry and networking with professionals in the field. Don’t miss out!

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    48-Hour Film Challenge

    48-Hour Film Challenge

    (Feb 26, 2018)

    A from-scratch re-creation of the Stranger Things title sequence, created by student Jake Turocy for DVA254 Motion Graphics class. You can check out some behind the scenes details about the real...

    Students, you have 48 hours. The mission is to include one specific prop and one required line of dialog in your film. Now, go make a movie!

    UAT Digital Video students are up for the challenge! They’ve had lots of practice competing in the Inter-College 48-Hour Film Challenge as UAT hosts the event each spring trading off with Grand Canyon University (GCU) to host in the fall.

    As you can imagine, the rivalry is strong with these two schools as students brainstorm the most creative, outstanding film concepts to bring to the table at each competition. The friendly competition inspires students to bring their A-game as well as to be organized and communicate effectively among the film crew.

    At the spring 2017 event, UAT Digital Video students entered two teams to compete against GCU’s five teams taking home awards for Best Technical and Best Film.

    If you have a passion for filmmaking, consider a degree in Digital Video at UAT and this could be you!

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    Nerf Warz

    Nerf Warz

    (Feb 26, 2018)

    Through the usual mix of hard work, networking with alumni contacts, and good timing, Rick landed a position as a motion graphics artist on one of the country’s leading visual...

    The life of a UAT student revolves around classes, projects, internships, jobs and friends, all of which are important aspects of a well-rounded college experience. Since students stay so busy, it makes fun events and clubs like Nerf Warz all the more enjoyable.

    UAT students and alumni jump at the chance to run around campus with plastic Nerf guns shooting soft darts at each other in a childlike war game fashion. Nerf Warz is like playing a video game in real life without needing extra lives to play on.

    Nerf Warz is also a great way to get to know your classmates and the campus from all angles – which makes this club activity a perfect icebreaker for new students who attend the UAT Experience (UATX) tour and overnight event. See the campus for yourself at UATX, which happens five times per year at UAT.

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    Cyber Security Alumni to Hold 2-Day Training at Black Hat Under New Startup Antimatter Security, LLC

    Cyber Security Alumni to Hold 2-Day Training at Black Hat Under New Startup Antimatter Security, LLC

    (Feb 22, 2018)

    This weekend at UAT, teams of technology students will compete in a simulation that tests real world networking, security, and consulting skills to deploy an IoT solution for a simulated...

    Cyber Security alumni have created a startup company for penetration testing called AntiMatter Security, LLC.

    The team consists of William Peterson (Network Security, Technology Forensics), Stephen Chicosky (Network Security, Network Engineering), Kenny Welch (Network Security), Roger Brambila (Network Security, Advancing Computer Science) and Roger Allen (Network Security, Advancing Computer Science) all who earned their degrees from UAT. These students have been to Black Hat Briefings as paid volunteers in the past. This year, they will return to the conference as trainers teaching two 2-day classes they developed called “Attacks Over GSM With Project Mayhem.”

    Attacks over GSM with Project Mayhem at Black Hat

    Participants will immerse themselves in the world of hacking while learning new attack techniques to help defend networks. They will also learn to combine Red Team and Pen-tester prowess to create a less common attack tool, a device that participants will build at the training and can take home with them. With the new Project Mayhem Kit, it’s easier to think like a hacker thinks, engaging in a live environment with an innovative attack tool that you will build and deploy. In this completely hands-on training, you will demonstrate your new abilities to hack air-gapped systems and bypass perimeter defenses over a GSM network.

    A lot of credible information will be disseminated at the training including the following topics: Configuring Mayhem Kit, Basic Scripting Logic, Windows Exploitation, Linux Exploitation, Bypassing Perimeter Defense Systems, Social Engineering Concepts, Covert Concealment and Placement Techniques, Red Team Activity, Data Extraction, Isolating and Exploiting the Target and more.

    The training sessions are already sold out. More information on the class can be found here.

    You can also purchase a cool baseball hat to support Antimatter Security.

    Antimatter Security, LLC swag for sale.

    Antimatter Security, LLC swag for sale. Get yours today!

    Help spread the word. Like Antimatter Security on Facebook!

     

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    Putting a Drone to the Test

    Putting a Drone to the Test

    (Feb 20, 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....

    On this calm, sunny day at UAT, Digital Video students are using this time to practice take-off and landing… of what you might ask. Well, today, they are piloting a drone!

    Film students utilize a range of technology including drones affixed with cameras and microphones in order capture the desired footage to tell their story. A drone can assist in filming aerial shots on set which can be impossible to create without an aerodynamic device capable of flight.

    At UAT, it’s common to see student film crews with fancy camera equipment like drones working in groups on campus to create a short film. After the film has gone through post-production, faculty and staff are amazed to see how students transform ordinary spaces around UAT into their ideal set making them almost unrecognizable as to what came before.

    Aim high! Having access to industry standard equipment gives UAT students real-world practice while in college to help them master these technologies to become seasoned filmmakers. Get your hands on a drone today!

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    Meet New Freshmen

    Meet New Freshmen

    (Feb 09, 2018)

    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...

    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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