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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.
UAT was the last stop on AZ Tech Beat‘s #ExposeTheAwesome Tour, where they had a neat idea to interview cool companies in various technology fields throughout the summer. We had a busy day planned for AZTB Editor Tishin Donkersley, Community Manager Ryan Loebe and Film Intern Xavier Smith, but we knew they were ready for it!
First, they sat down with Provost Dr. David Bolman to find out why UAT is unique and how access to great technology molds our students into innovators for the future. Dr. Bolman had no trouble expressing his enthusiasm for technology and how important UAT is to filling the STEM career pipeline in Arizona.
As suggested by Dr. Bolman, we gave Network Forensics Professor Diane Barrett a phone call, as she lives remotely and teaches online classes, to inquire how different the reality of cyber forensics is from how it’s portrayed on television. Interestingly enough, most TV shows tend to exaggerate the time it takes to conduct these type of investigations. They are never solved within an hour like Hollywood would have you think.
Next, the AZTB crew was led on a tour of campus, having a chance to peek into each classroom, lab, workshop and office; asking questions, snapping photos and broadcasting to periscope along the way.
We decided to check out the Maker’s Lab and speak with Digital Maker and Fabrication Professor Spencer Nelson about all of the tools available for students to use. There is a 3D printer, a laser engraver, vinyl cutter, Roland CNC Mill, vacuum former, foam cutter, various hand power tools and more! Everything you need for building models, making signs or designing props. Just ask Professor Nelson if you want to use a tool, but don’t know where to start.
While wrapping up an interview with Professor Nelson, we were able to catch Professor Vesna Dragojlov to ask about wearable technology. Professor Dragojlov thinks that women could have some influence on wearable tech if it’s fused with fashion.
Next, we took a moment to talk film production with Professor Paul DeNigris and film students Jordan Wippell and Brandon Scott. Tishin asked what trends are hot for filming special effects and believe it or not, the audience has struggled with feeling that CGI looks real for some time now, so film sets are looking back to techniques from the 70s of building small models to make the environment appear more realistic. They also got to explore the Green Room and Film Production room see where all the editing magic happens.
The tour continued on to the Robotics Hardware Lab where Professor Mark Fedasiuk talked about the Robotics and Embedded Systems degree. He also demonstrated a Harry Potter location clock, built by a robotics student and talked about upcoming trainings with VEX Robotics.
With back-to-back interviews all morning, the AZ Tech Beat crew was famished, so we had lunch in the campus cafe among tech students who were refueling before an afternoon of classes.
Our last stop for the day was to the New Technologies Lab to speak with UAT Game Studios Professor Derric Clark to find out the latest news in video game creation. Professor Clark described the types of gaming degrees we offer, what our game students are expected to do, how gaming is shaping the landscape in Phoenix and also gave a short teaser about a cool project the game students are working on to bring the Hohokam Ruins and Canals to life with a simulated map.
We really enjoyed showing AZ Tech Beat around our campus and can’t wait to see their video footage from the tour!
Photo above: Professor Mark Fedasiuk working with a student during the robot demo.
The first annual Great Arizona Code Challenge took place at Infusionsoft Headquarters the weekend of July 24-25, offering 38 high school students the opportunity to attend coding seminars taught by UAT Professors, where they could ask questions and discuss their ideas.
The Code Challenge started off with an ice breaker in order for the programmers to get acquainted and to inspire collaboration within the group.
Infusionsoft provided attendees with a comfortable and fun work space where they could code around the clock to create an original game for the coding competition. Students who did not have their own technology were able to borrow laptops from Infusionsoft.
Students stayed fueled over the weekend with sodas, snacks, pizza and Jimmy Johns delivery. It’s not all work and no play! They even had a chance to relax by playing fussball, ping pong or shooting pool in the beautiful office space.
Students from all over the Valley participated in the 36-hour hackathon. Many of them didn’t take a break for the night and pulled all nighters like true programmers who tend to find themselves in the zone!
Two of UAT’s professors taught seminars that really impressed and inspired the participants, ranging from 9-12th graders.
Professor Mark Fedasiuk presented “Robotics and Robot demonstrations” and sparked interest with a robot that does facial recognition in a crowd or from an image.
Professor Hue Henry presented “Game Engines and Scripting” which opened the students eyes to the wonders and power of game engines.
During the closing ceremony on Sunday, the winners of the Great Arizona Code Challenge Arianna Sokolov and Laura Lu were awarded partial scholarships to attend University of Advancing Technology upon graduation from high school.
A huge thanks to the UAT Professors involved as well as the many volunteers from Infusionsoft, high school teachers, engineers, software developers and parents in the community for being part of this awesome event preparing local high school students for a future in technology!
Click the link to learn more about the technology degrees offered at UAT: www.uat.edu
Television has recently shined a light on two exciting majors offered at University of Advancing Technology: Robotics and Embedded Systems and Network Security. You heard me right! Hit the DVR and let’s see what these shows are all about.
The premise: The homemade robots will battle against each other, in a single elimination tournament style format, until there is just one champion.
The new series promises to wow viewers with next generation robots—bigger, faster and stronger than ever before.
The show will have a greater emphasis on the design and build elements of each robot, the bot builder backstories, their intense pursuit of the championship and the spectacle of the event. Separate weight classes will be eliminated so that robots of all sizes will battle against each other.
State of the Art Onboard Technology and Cameras will provide audiences with enhanced viewing and combat analytics. There will be cash prizes for winners in the Championship Rounds.
See a video clip from episode 1: Nightmare vs. Warrior Clan: Qualifiers
In BattleBots, 24 of the best robot builders on Earth have set out to compete in the most epic robot competition of all time and our robotics students won’t want to miss it!
BattleBots relates to the Robotics and Embedded Systems Degree offered at UAT.
Learn more about a future in robotics at www.uat.edu.
In MR. ROBOT, Elliot, a young programmer who works as a cyber-security engineer by day and vigilante hacker by night, is recruited by a mysterious underground group to destroy the firm he’s paid to protect. Elliot must decide how far he’ll go to expose the forces he believes are running (and ruining) the world.
“Sometimes the only way to change the world is to tear it down.”
Mr. Robot has themes similar to UAT’s Bachelor of Science Network Security or Bachelor of Science Network Engineering degrees. Elliot probably took an ethics class to keep him on the straight and narrow, which is offered as part of the curriculum in these majors.
Find your place in technology at UAT!
For the last several years, PayPal headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., has been celebrating World Usability Day, with a series of events, networking opportunities and prizes. This past November some of the local companies, such as PayPal themselves, Pearson and 29th Drive Design Studio have shared some of their out of the box strategies to increase customers engagement.
PayPal’s design team gave a presentation that showcased how customer engagement is at the core of every change they made in their online environment. Pearson publishing company gave an inspiring presentation about the incorporation of their weekly co-design sessions with children ages 7-12 into the product development process. 29th Drive Design studio conducted a brief brainstorming session/workshop about how to build the fastest airplane using provided basic material.
Molly Satterfield, our HCI alum, was part of the planning committee for the event as also and active member of IxDA Association. Seven of my students from HCI program and Digital Media attended the event which gave them a great opportunity to compare knowledge they have gained in a classroom setting with the real world design thinking at play in big successful companies such as PayPal. Some of them also won good prizes, which made the event even more worthwhile for them.
Companies such as IBM and Kydak came to recruit new young designers and our students had the opportunity to talk to them and to possibly set the stage for their internship and future job placement.
Our Human Computer Interaction (Interaction Design) major maybe still be small, mostly due in part of the reason is still being relatively young at UAT), our HCI graduates immediately secure jobs in their fields of study as soon as they graduate.
Jaylyn Dawson, our HCI alum, was offered employment by Dish Network out of Denver, Colo., as soon as she graduated, as a junior interaction designer.
Molly Satterfield, also HCI alum, had a great opportunity to do her internship at a medical office as a user testing expert. As soon as she graduated, she has been employed by KV Consultants, Inc. as a UI designer.
Josh Vargas, current HCI student, took an opportunity with a software company for a paid internship.
As the demand for UX/UI Designers in many high tech companies grows with high paying salaries we hope that this situation will give us the opportunity to recruit more HCI students as we grow the program in the next few years.
Aldebaran Robotics is hiring!
Aldebaran is recruiting the best engineering, talents to join it’s humanoid robots’ dream team!
What we are looking for?
Passionate and creative people, experts, ambitious, able to think “out of the box”, convinced that Robotics is the next big thing.
Are you searching for an innovative anf off-the-wall company, where we are building the future right now? You want to take up the challenges offered by robotics and shape the world?
Check out our roles and career opportunities, and join us!
Want to learn to build your own 3D printer with a 3D printer?
NextFab Studio has started training sessions on how to build your own “MendelMax 1.5″ 3D printer out of plastic, using a “RepRap” 3D printer that is essentially also made out of plastic.
The $2,000 weekend class includes your own printer, which is about the price of a RepRap 3D printer, as well as, the 3D modeling software MOI v2.
To build a 3D printer of your own you’ll need a laptop (recommended Mac OS X 10.6+ and Ubuntu 11.04+), Python v2.7+, the Arduino environment, and a few other bits. The weekend training sessions in Philadelphia are being held on Aug. 4, Aug. 11, and Aug. 25. The deadline to signup for the next August 11, training has already passed but there may still be time to signup for the Aug. 25 workshop.
AZ TechCelerator and UAT have partnered in offering a chance at a full year of rent and support at the AZ TechCelerator office in Surprise, Arizona.
UAT students are faced with the challenge of creating their own SIP (Student Innovation Project) by the time they graduate. This opportunity gives students even more incentive to innovate amidst competition from other students.
Students will present their projects in front of a panel of judges where they will be asked five general questions. The winner will get free office rental for one year, access to workshops, and support from incubator coaches and mentors.
Learn more at aztechcelerator.com.
Want to get a taste of what it’s like to burn through the atmosphere on a NASA spacecraft?
Xbox and NASA have teamed up to develop “Mars Rover Landing,” a skills game in which you use Kinect motion sensors to guide the rover Curiosity to land on Mars and successfully reach a target. The on demand game is available in 18 different languages.
Download it for free on Xbox Live. File size is a modest 496MB.
These tiny 3D Printed cars are 2cm long and have real moving wheels and doors! So tiny! So cute! You can download the design and order them from Shapeways. This is the mid size model — 2 cm long.
Watch the video below: