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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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    Getting Through Your First Semester


    As this is being written, we are finishing up the second week of the 2019 fall semester here at UAT. With an incoming class of over 250 students, things have been busy here on campus. Nervous and excited energies are abundant. Starting college is a new and sometimes scary experience. For many, college is a big move from home with a bunch of people you have never met and a newfound sense of...

    As this is being written, we are finishing up the second week of the 2019 fall semester here at UAT. With an incoming class of over 250 students, things have been busy here on campus. Nervous and excited energies are abundant. Starting college is a new and sometimes scary experience. For many, college is a big move from home with a bunch of people you have never met and a newfound sense of adulthood. The challenge can be daunting but here are a few tips and tricks to making it through your first semester.

    Attend Orientation and Campus Events

    CONNECT (orientation) is a great way to meet people. Starting off here at UAT, you are put into groups to do team activities and that is a great way to get to know people and have familiar faces for the first day of classes. During orientation you are also put with an EXL leader that will be a mentor throughout your first semester. The EXL leaders have been around for a few semesters and can help guide you if you have any questions. The campus and Founders Hall host events every month ranging from guest speakers to movie nights. Those events are also great ways to meet peers, professors, and industry professionals.

    Create a Calendar – And then follow it

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    Setting up a calendar with classes, assignments, work schedules, and events helps immensely. Being able to see your schedule helps manage your time and work ethic. Whether it is a dry erase board, a monthly planner, or even a calendar on your phone it will assist with keeping everything organized. 

    Go to your classes

    UAT offers three different course types. On campus, SyncFlex, and online. The SyncFlex and online classes are awesome options for students that work or live away from campus. I have had the chance to take a few SyncFlex courses and they have proven convenient when my work schedule was a mess. However, while these class may be recorded so you can watch later, the best experience, comes from in the classroom or live online attendance. Being able to ask the professors questions during the class is often going to result in better answers.

    Talk to your instructors

    Everyone wants you to succeed in your classes. If you are struggling, talk to your professors, they will find the time to help you out or get you in contact with a tutor. If you are not struggling (awesome!), still talk with your professors. The professors here at UAT are industry professionals that have great insights in the fields of your major and will sometimes provide good references. And for those wanting to start their own businesses, the professors give some amazing tips that will help you along as you are starting out.

    Nerf Poster Fall 2019Join a club

    The entire campus is busy with events, both within the university but also the dorms. When events are not running, student clubs are also going on throughout the week. There is a club for everyone. Many students at the school share a love for anime and manga, there’s a club for it. Are you looking for something a bit more active? Join the kendo or fencing club. Are you a gamer? We’ve got eSports, League of Legends and table top gamer. And those are just a few gaming clubs. There is a long list of clubs that you can join but if there is not one that interests you, you can make one! For a list of our club visit our clubs page.

     

    Only bring what you really need

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    Before you start packing everything in your room to bring to your new dorm room, think about if you really need it. If you are planning on living in the dorms, keep in mind that you will likely be sharing your space with a roommate. Just pack the essentials! Clothing, bedding, and hygiene products are a must. You’ll probably want your computer to assist with homework and a gaming console, if you have one, for some free time entertainment. College is a new experience and a good time to start fresh. While packing, if you are thinking “but what if…”, chances are you won’t. And if it turns out you do, you can have it shipped or pick it up next time you go home. Also remember to check with the dorms as well for items that may not be allowed. Check out our student housing page for tips on what to bring and what to expect when moving into the dorms.

    Be mindful of your health – mental and physical

    College can be stressful, so be mindful of yourself. Your mental and physical health are important to maintain. Take the time to relax and de-stress from classes. Go hang out with some friends, play some video games, or check out the Phoenix/Tempe area. If you’ve got a meal plan, take advantage of it. The UAT Restaurant has some awesome options that vary each day.

    Believe in yourself

    College is meant to test you and be a challenge. Not everything is going to make sense at first, but that’s okay. Staff and faculty are on your side and are ready to help you out. Believe in yourself and you will get through it.

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    If you are a parent of a student that has just started college, your student is doing great! And you have done a great job in getting them here. We are excited to welcome them into UAT!

     

     

    References:

    https://www.visitphoenix.com/things-to-do/

    https://www.uat.edu/student-clubs?utm_source=geek411&utm_medium=print&utm_campaign=hostbreakfast-20190509-18uat198&utm_content=g411-clubs

    https://www.uat.edu/student-housing

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    Artificial Intelligence and Cars: Where Do We Stand?


    by Jayson Goetz, Contributor   As the digital age progresses, technological innovations push 'smart' goods into more and more facets of our daily lives. From voice assistants to kitchen appliances connected through the 'internet of things,' these breakthroughs continually bring us unprecedented convenience and ease of use—and it becomes difficult to picture getting through...

    by Jayson Goetz, Contributor

     

    As the digital age progresses, technological innovations push 'smart' goods into more and more facets of our daily lives. From voice assistants to kitchen appliances connected through the 'internet of things,' these breakthroughs continually bring us unprecedented convenience and ease of use—and it becomes difficult to picture getting through our daily tasks before these technologies were available.

     

    The automotive industry is at the forefront of using this technology to challenge the status quo. For many Americans, driving is a necessity. With so many people who rely on their personal vehicles to get them from A to B every day, fundamental improvements to the way cars operate can benefit countless drivers.

     

    When people hear 'AI' and 'car' in the same sentence, a vision for a road full of autonomous electric vehicles often comes to mind. And while a future without human drivers hardly seems out of the realm of possibility, there are many ways that artificial intelligence is already improving the experience of commuting for many people on the road.

     

    Current Capabilities

    While there's a lot in the works for the future of vehicles, many advanced assistance features have actually been in production and on the road for quite some time now—some for longer periods of time than others. We'll start with some common features.

     

    Lane Assistance:

    This feature that's just beginning to make its way onto most drivers' radars was introduced by Nissan in 2001 for the Japanese market via the Cima. Many of Nissan's—and its competitors'—vehicles now employ versions of this software that has made leaps and bounds over the years. Some models make a noise or flash a light, and some physically prevent the vehicle from moving further while bringing it back to the center of the lane.

     

    Forward Collision Warning:

    Forward collision warnings are an advanced technology that uses a number of means to detect and alert drivers of a collision that's about to occur in front of them. These systems use sensors that monitor the vehicle's speed, the speed of vehicles in front of or in close proximity to it, and the distance between them. If the vehicle is going too fast in relation to the vehicle in front of it, a warning sound, visual, or both will alert the driver so they can take corrective action. These types of systems do not take any actual control of the vehicle.

     

    Automatic Emergency Braking:

    Automatic emergency braking is very similar to forward-collision warning systems in that it uses sensors to detect an impending collision in front of the vehicle. As the name implies, however, automatic emergency braking systems slow down the vehicle (some systems can take evasive steering action at higher speeds) to prevent a crash without any input from the driver at all.

     

    Blind Spot Monitoring:

    First introduced by Volvo in 2007, many automakers have since added this capability to their lines of vehicles. It's not hard to imagine why—at high speeds on the road, especially in larger vehicles, blind spots can be particularly dangerous. Blind-spot monitoring helps to alert drivers of other vehicles on the road that are in their blind spot as they're about to merge. Typically with an audible chime, a light on the mirror, or some type of vibration. Some models even alert drivers who put on their turn signal but have not begun to merge if there's are a car in or near their blind spot.

     

    Autopilot Features:

    This technology is still in the early stages of development, but some auto manufacturers already have rolled out vehicles with autopilot—the most well known being Tesla. While these features are not meant to let drivers completely stop paying attention or do things like sleep through their commutes, the potential seems endless. And for now, these autopilots seem to be able to handle long stretches of highway without incident.

     

    The Future of AI and Vehicles

    While fully autonomous vehicles are not currently a reality, many large-scale entities are pouring massive amounts of resources into the research and development of driverless cars. From a freight industry comprised of automated semi-trucks to cars that drop us off and park themselves for us, it certainly seems like the ambitions of many manufacturers is going to steer us into a future of vehicles that drive themselves—what remains to be seen is how long this process will take.

     

    Progress has been quick thus far, but a lot needs to happen before we're all scrolling through our social feeds as our autonomous vehicles drive us to work. Safety will be of utmost importance, and to ensure these vehicles are all interconnected and keep us out of danger, the development of AI in vehicles needs more time for refinement. That said, this is currently being hammered out by a number of companies. Only one thing is for certain, and that is that AI is changing the way we drive and how we interact with our vehicles at an astonishing rate.

     

     

     

     

    References

    “Driver Assistance Technologies.” NHTSA, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 11 June 2019, www.nhtsa.gov/equipment/safety-technologies#faq-30606.

    “Features You Auto Know: Blind Spot Monitoring Systems.” CarMax, 15 June 2018, www.carmax.com/articles/features-blind-spot-monitoring.

     

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    What's it like in Space Exploration?


    The Space Exploration course is a Special Topic in Technology class offered here at the university. The overall goal of the class is for everyone to work together to go beyond their limits to create a functioning weather balloon payload. The course has been running for currently four semesters and each start with the same expectations of a successful weather balloon launch and a successful...

    The Space Exploration course is a Special Topic in Technology class offered here at the university. The overall goal of the class is for everyone to work together to go beyond their limits to create a functioning weather balloon payload. The course has been running for currently four semesters and each start with the same expectations of a successful weather balloon launch and a successful recovery. And so far, reality of each has been somewhat successful. With four missions we have failed to bring home two payloads and only had one failed launch, which was just delayed and successfully launch later.

    The class is made of a diverse group of majors in various stages of completion that are to work toward the common goal of a successful launch. I first took the class in my fifth semester as a Web Design/Business Technology student, along with finishing seniors in Advancing Computer Science (ACS) and first semester Game Designers and Developers. While there is a place for anyone, its not for everyone as it is not a lecture or homework-based class and a very hands on experience.

    From the beginning we were split into teams such as STEAM and Corporate outreach, HAM radio and tracking GPS, flight computer, payload design and experiment research. With milestones every two to three weeks each team was expected an update to their portion. I took part in the STEAM outreach which mostly involved reaching out to local grade school teachers and interacting with students to create an experiment that would be launched with the payload. The experiments allowed both the students and our own class to study the effects of high altitude conditions.

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    The data and information that we have received has just propelled us to try new things and reach for better results.

    UAT is a very hands on school and each course pushes its students to achieve great things, however with the courses open ended possibilities, students are expected to go beyond the typical textbook learning and step outside the box with what they can create, and some great things have been made. With the great expectation, each student comes away with a great portfolio piece that stands out.

    For some aspects of the project students are able to also use other courses. For example, the flight computer is a major component that is being developed in such a way that students are able to also make it into their student innovation project.

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    My experience in the course has been great. While disappointed that some of the payloads have not been recovered, the journey just getting there was educationally fun. Working with grade school students and as a team with the class was a great learning experience and showed real world team work and problem-solving skills when we had issues.

    Schedule balancing has never been a strong suit of mine, however with the in-class time to problem solve and work together, as well as, the clear milestones throughout the semester, I was really able to stay focused, manage my other classes, and still be able to work.

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    Blended Strategies: My Time in Thinking Strategies


    I loved many of the classes that I took here. The teachers are extremely sociable and the lessons are always made to be interesting! I gained something new from each class that I took, making my experiences in these classes to be amazing. So imagine how hard it was for me to have to choose one to be considered my favorite class! The first thing that came to mind was Introduction to Game Tools,...

    I loved many of the classes that I took here. The teachers are extremely sociable and the lessons are always made to be interesting! I gained something new from each class that I took, making my experiences in these classes to be amazing. So imagine how hard it was for me to have to choose one to be considered my favorite class! The first thing that came to mind was Introduction to Game Tools, since I was allowed to learn about the tools relevant to my industry and even create something unique in them. That is definitely up there on my list of favorite classes, but then I thought about how much I loved Composition, due to my love for writing and research. I had a lot of choices and it was a hard to choose one.In the end, the class that I choose to be my favorite ended up being Nathan Eskue’s TCH115 - Thinking Strategies!

    pexels-photo-355988When I first entered TCH115 , I wasn’t expecting a lot. I knew that I had to take it to fulfill one of my degree’s requirements.I also knew that it was blended, and that I was going to be in for a pretty long seven weeks. My friends confirmed this, saying that this class was hard, but, since I had taken numerous hard classes before TCH115, I didn't really think it would be too bad.Honestly, I thought it was going to be boring. But when the class started, I ended up seeing its true colors.

    The class acted like a sort of leeway into understanding some of the degrees that we have here at UAT. Eskue incorporated elements from game design, robotics, programming, cyber security, and even digital video. This means that he incorporated a lot of technology into his lessons, so, while we learned some content from each degree, we also had the chance to have a lot of hands on experience the tools that the students within that degree used. I didn’t have any experience with Raspberry Pi’s or video editing before I entered this class. But, when I left, I learned a bit about CPU's, editing with some of the adobe applications, and a lot more too! 

    Raspberry_Pi_PhotoAn assignment that always comes to mind is the assignment that had us create an actual game. The assignment required us to design a video game, create a game controller for it, and create a trailer that would promote what we had created. It incorporated aspects of degrees that I was already in - such as game design and advancing computer science - but also incorporated aspects from the digital video degree, so it was a pretty interesting project from the start. This was a group project, so I had to work within a group of three. Each one of us had differing skill sets, so we needed to learn how to combine what we know in order to achieve what we wanted. This went well, as we came out of the class with a console text adventure, a controller that can work with the console, and a short silent film to promote our product!

    But, from working on that project and from just being in this class, I found myself rapidly developing skills that would prove to be beneficial in my future inside and outside of UAT. On top of what I already mentioned, I learned a lot about working as a team, while also learning about how to look at problems from different angles. Many of the things that I learned from this class transferred pretty well into my future classes. For example, this class taught me about rapid learning, which proved to be extremely helpful during my game design classes, where I would have to quickly learn about engines that I never used so that I could contribute to my teams. The things that I learned about Raspberry Pi’s transferred pretty well into my Production Studio, as I would have to be regularly working with that kind of technology to help my team develop an AI robot. I can go on, but this class really helped me become a stronger person.

    But remember what I said about how this class was blended? I think we all know how demanding these kinds of classes can get. The class was pretty fun, but there were moments where we were just relentlessly pelted with information and work. Deadlines were short, and the consequences for missing a deadline were harsh. This, on top of my other classes, left me with little time to myself. I do not regret taking it, though. Matter of fact, the only thing that I regret is not taking it sooner. With all the skills that this class gives you, I know that I could have used them pretty well in the classes that I took prior to that semester. But in the end, I believe that TCH115 launched me in the right direction, and gave me the skills that I needed to work well within my own industry. I would definitely recommend this class to any student here who hasn’t taken it yet, as this would help them get that advantage in their future semesters.

     

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    The Hero's Toolkit for Navigating Your Career


        On August 6, 2019, University of Advancing Technology (UAT) seniors will be presenting their Student Innovation Projects (SIP) for their peers and teachers. UAT fosters the entrepreneur spirit and engraves it in student's minds by requiring all students to develop and present...

     

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    On August 6, 2019, University of Advancing Technology (UAT) seniors will be presenting their Student Innovation Projects (SIP) for their peers and teachers. UAT fosters the entrepreneur spirit and engraves it in student's minds by requiring all students to develop and present a product in order to graduate. It is details and educational requirements like these that develops career-ready individuals with tools to help them begin providing value to the tech industry in a multitude of roles -- just like our upcoming SIP Host and UAT alumni Erin Ali.
    When navigating your career, there’s a breadth of tools at your disposal as a hero in this adventure. In this talk, Erin will unpack the inventory she’s collected to help prepare you for the journey ahead.

    Erin Ali, an alumna of UAT, has been a Producer in the gaming industry for twelve years. She is a Senior Producer at Turn 10 Studios working on the Forza Motorsport team. Erin has worked in production previously at other companies such as Blizzard Entertainment (Battle.net, Heroes of the Storm, StarCraft II) and Monolith Productions (Shadow of War) with twelve game launches in addition to multiple global product launches. She most recently spent the past two years working at Twitch with the Developer Experience team on Extensions and the Twitch Developer Site.

     

    As I've navigated my career, I've found a number of tactics and advice that I've used throughout. I've also engaged with a mentee on some advice I've given on the matter as well. I was hoping to format the presentation around 'tools' that students can think about using as they also go through their career that can help throughout. For example, your voice (speaking up/asking for what you need), balancing scale for what you know you need in your career early/late (so how do you prioritize a good manager, content or team as usually you can't get a perfect score for all three every job you take) and other ways to help!

     

     

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    My Experience in the UAT Summer Game Jam


    Over the weekend, I had the awesome experience of being able to participate in the UAT summer game jam. A game jam, for those of you who don’t know, is an event where teams are challenged to create a game with set restrictions in a short amount of time. For this game jam, we were given the theme “Abstract Art” and were given 48 hours to make a game around that theme! ...

    Over the weekend, I had the awesome experience of being able to participate in the UAT summer game jam. A game jam, for those of you who don’t know, is an event where teams are challenged to create a game with set restrictions in a short amount of time. For this game jam, we were given the theme “Abstract Art” and were given 48 hours to make a game around that theme!

    Once the theme was announced, teams quickly formed and began brainstorming. My team consisted of myself, Jordan Brown, as programmer, V Greffin as designer, and Joey Chilton, Natalie Johnson, and Syndey Brown as artists. The first hours of a game jam usually consist of mostly bouncing ideas off each other and finding something that works for your team. For our team, this process took around six hours total! We wanted something that would be unique, but also immediately fun for the player. I also wanted to be sure that we kept the scope of our game very small. With only 48 hours to create the entire game, it was very important to avoid over scoping the game and keep our ideas small.

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    So after about six hours, we had designed what we wanted the game to be. Inspired by a walk to a nearby gas station to grab snacks at midnight, we thought about how 24/7 gas stations must encounter some very strange people and decided that we could make that into a game. The theme “Abstract Art” made it very clear that we should be as weird and abstract with our characters as we could. With this in mind, the artists got to work drawing some very unusual characters for the player to encounter in their gas station. While they did that, I began programming the base mechanics for our player to interact with the characters.

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    For the next 40 hours, we worked (and occasionally slept) to finish the game. Artists drew assets for the gas station such as the counter and the items inside, all while I worked on allowing the player to look around, move items, combine items, and give them to the customers. Then finally, after 48 hours, it was over. We had created a complete game from scratch: Pitstop Picasso.

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    After the time is up, we set our game up for others to play, and we went to play the other teams’ games. A panel of judges also came out to try all the games. The results were awesome! Every team did something completely unique. One team built a virtual reality horror game with abstract elements, while another team created a game about flying a paper bag in the wind. There were a lot of really amazing games made and it was a lot of fun to play other games and to see them try ours for the first time.

    Once we had finished playtesting and the judges had seen every game, we were all gathered together to hear the winners. Our team managed to win “best gameplay”. The judges really liked our focus on gameplay and creating unique situations for the player to interact with. It was an incredible feeling to work for 48 hours straight and create something cohesive in that short amount of time and I would recommend for anyone who is interested in game development to jump in on the next jam!

    You can try out all the games made for free here: https://itch.io/jam/uat-summer-game-jam-2019/entries

    You can try our game Pitstop Picasso here: https://itch.io/jam/uat-summer-game-jam-2019/rate/457384

     

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    Newbs, Just Ask! UAT Offers a True Community Experience


    Fall semester is right around the corner and in just over a month new freshman will arrive on campus excited, nervous and full of ideas and expectations. One of UAT's best attributes is its ability to make everyone feel welcome and like family. Our campus isn't full of fast food chains and shopping malls, but it's jammed packed with tech and intelligent, creative...

    Fall semester is right around the corner and in just over a month new freshman will arrive on campus excited, nervous and full of ideas and expectations. One of UAT's best attributes is its ability to make everyone feel welcome and like family. Our campus isn't full of fast food chains and shopping malls, but it's jammed packed with tech and intelligent, creative people not only attending but also making UAT their career and home for educating other like-minded individuals.  

     

    UAT Provost Dr. David Bolman (left) recognizes the dedicated Experience Leaders (EXL) who make new students feel welcome on campus. Because they successfully completed one full year of service, they are receiving a coveted letter of recommendation from Provost Bolman that will go into their portfolios. EXL leaders are enthusiastic, outgoing student leaders who apply and are selected by UAT to help familiarize new students with the campus, share insights about life at UAT, work on-campus events, and help them begin to feel connected and at home.

     

    Along with EXL members, you can also find other student workers giving tours, working the front desk and other departments on campus. Almost every Monday you will see UAT staff and faculty walking around with black UAT shirts that say mentor. Each Mentor Monday students are encouraged to engage with faculty and staff outside of the classroom setting and learn more about "the real world" or career paths in tech, or even how to make the best ramen bowl on Thursdays in the UAT restaurant.

     

    There's a reason why alumni come back and sit in on classes often and how quickly that anxious freshman feeling is only a memory. So if you're new on campus this fall and you don't know where something is or you have a question -- just ask someone.

     

    Beginning to feel welcome already? So what are you waiting for? Take a tour today. uat.edu/tour

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    My Awesome Classes This Semester


    This semester here at UAT, I’ve had the opportunity to take some really cool classes. I’m now in my sixth semester, which means I’m taking some of the later courses in the average student timeline. This semester I got into some of the big ones like Game Production Studios (GAM281) and Student Innovation Project/Portfolio Presentation I (SIP401). Alongside those, I also took Technical...

    This semester here at UAT, I’ve had the opportunity to take some really cool classes. I’m now in my sixth semester, which means I’m taking some of the later courses in the average student timeline. This semester I got into some of the big ones like Game Production Studios (GAM281) and Student Innovation Project/Portfolio Presentation I (SIP401). Alongside those, I also took Technical Writing (ENG301), Communication in Technology (COM226), and my personal favorite, a very unique class called Game-a-Week: Rapid Prototyping (SPT323). I want to go a little bit more in depth, so I’m going to briefly talk about my experience with each of these classes to hopefully give you an idea of what you will learn when taking the courses.


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    Game Production Studios (GAM281)

    This class is a unique one. Game Production Studios is a class that simulates working in an actual game studio. What this means, is that students will pitch projects, then a small group of them will be approved as studio projects. Once approved, they form teams for each project and work on it like an actual studio. This semester, I had the privilege of getting my project into Game Studios and have formed a team to help me build my project which I have called “Kill the Rogue” (@KilltheRogue on twitter). To produce the games, we use an agile system called scrum. Every week is a sprint where we establish goals for our production and set out to achieve them in a certain amount of time. Every three weeks is a milestone where we present the game to the studio, gain feedback, then re-evaluate and plan our next three sprints. This style of software production cycles is common throughout the industry and getting into this class is a great way to prepare for the real world experience of working in the games industry.

    Student Innovation Project/Portfolio Presentation I (SIP401)

    At UAT, there’s a big focus on innovation. One big way that is represented is in our Student Innovation Projects (SIP). Every student must have an innovation claim that goes through an approval process via the subject matter experts in their area. Once their claim is approved, they must build a prototype to demonstrate the innovation and show that they are capable of innovating. Alongside their SIP, students must build a portfolio during their time at UAT. This portfolio should show their accomplishments, projects, and objectives, so when they are looking for a job, they can demonstrate their value through a strong portfolio. This class is focused on working towards both goals, SIP and portfolio.

    Technical Writing (ENG301)

    The ability to write in a clear, concise, and understandable way is something that everyone should want. Technical writing is all about that, with a big focus on writing in a professional capacity for things like instructions or guides/manuals. In the class you do things like analyzing documents, looking for ways they could write more clearly, rewriting things in a way that improves understandability, and writing and compiling instructions for an iFixIt project.

    Communication in Technology (COM226)

    Communication is important in any industry whether tech related or not. In this class, you learn about how to better communicate your ideas to an audience. This means you learn how to give speeches in front of an audience and avoid the common pitfalls that affect many speakers. Right away from the start of the class you will be speaking in front of an audience to get the practice that you need to gain confidence in that setting. There is always helpful critiques to ensure that you move forward and get better as you go.

    Game-A-Week: Rapid Prototyping (SPT323)

    Last but certainly not least is the game-a-week class. This class is focused on creating games with a very small scope under a new theme weekly. Each week, you are given the theme, then 7 days to build the game. After that, you present the games to your classmates and get feedback as well as talking about what you learned. It’s an excellent exercise in avoiding scope creep as well as an awesome way to build your portfolio with projects that you create. The themes also provide a good platform if you have a tough time coming up with game ideas. Not every game I have made so far is a good one, and that is part of the process. It’s about learning how to scope properly as well as how to build a prototype in the short time allotted.

    So that’s my schedule for this semester! I’m in a lot of interesting classes and I’m definitely keeping busy, but that’s never a bad thing. I’m excited for the things I’ll have created by the end of the semester and I’m always looking forward to what I can take to advance my skills in the coming semesters.

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    Stress in College: How to Handle Stress While Learning


    Consider this scenario; You are in the middle of your college semester, and your classes are starting to get harder. The number of assignments that you need to complete has grown, while your time to complete them has shrunk. On top of that, these assignments make up a large portion of your grade, so skipping them or doing poorly on them is not an option. If you were ever in this situation,...

    Consider this scenario; You are in the middle of your college semester, and your classes are starting to get harder. The number of assignments that you need to complete has grown, while your time to complete them has shrunk. On top of that, these assignments make up a large portion of your grade, so skipping them or doing poorly on them is not an option. If you were ever in this situation, What did you end up feeling? What did you do during these instances?

    When I first started attending UAT, I got stressed a lot, and when I get stressed, I end up stress eating. Maybe, for others who had better control over themselves, they would have a slice of pizza or a burger and have that be the end of it. However, with how easily I got stressed, I usually found myself eating loads of food in a small time frame. By the time of my 5th semester, I’ve gained dozens of pounds from this bad habit. I have overcome that eating habit, but I still have many issues when it comes to stress. Now, when I get stressed, I become distant from people and easily angered. All of this prevents me from being productive.

    In both situations, the stress of college life ended up causing numerous issues that directly affected me and my way of functioning inside and outside of school. I carried/still carry many of the issues around where I go, and it has negatively affected me. Many college students experience these same kinds of issues, unfortunately, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), forty million adults suffer from an anxiety disorder (ADAA, n.d).

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    Out of that forty million, “85% of college students reported they had felt overwhelmed by everything they had to do at some point…” (ADAA, n.d) and 30% stated that this stress has affected their performance in college.

    What led to these high numbers?

    Academics play a huge part in students’ stress (Walker, K, 2018). everything is based around a students grade, portfolio, and projects. Students are always on the clock, completing all of their individual and group assignments. They are, also, trying to make sure that their portfolio is up to industry’s standards, requiring them to tack on even more work to their schedule in order to populate their portfolio with top-level material. Along with all of this, the student is also trying to maintain their GPA so that they could keep their scholarships, job opportunities, and their presence at school.

    There is also a financial burden that plays into a students’ stress (Walker, K, 2018). While many scholarships are given to those who have a certain GPA, some of these students might need even more money to function properly while going to school.

    We looked at the academic and financial reasons for students issues, but we should also look into the life of a student to get a better understanding of their struggles. Since many college students have traveled from different parts of the world to get an education, they might not be used to the environment or culture of their university. They might experience homesickness (Walker, K, 2018), which would be the gateway for depression and anxiety. Many students live with other people, as so to make living expenses cheaper. This is not a problem, but then this creates the possibility of having roommate issues, some of these that require possible outside intervention. Then, in the case of a student's social life, that student might have rolled that back due to the onslaught of work and the job that they might have (Walker, K, 2018).  All of these either make it harder for the student to do things that help them relieve stress or actually make their current stress much worse. I can make a list of the things that can cause stress, but the fact of the matter is that there are hundreds of reasons why someone can be stressed. It might not even have anything even relevant to school; maybe their home life is not so good. Some of these reasons can be easily solved, while others might be too nuanced to benefit from a simple and easy solution. There isn’t really a one-size-fits-all solution to everyone's problems. However, from my experiences in college and with other people, I can give a few possible ways to help someone who is being weighed down by stress:

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    Be someone that can be spoken to/Be someone that can listen

    Sometimes, a person just needs another person to speak to. You do not need to be someone's therapist, but just sitting down with this other person and allowing them

    to vent to you about their struggles is very therapeutic. Show them that you understand their struggles and maybe even share some stories that relate to the situation. Just speaking about these things is a great way to handle stress. Who knows. Maybe you are stressed yourself, and finding someone else who is going through the same thing might make things easier for you.

    Offer assistance if you can

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    If you can offer ways to help them with what they are struggling with. Maybe, if they are struggling in class, you can offer some pointers about the next assignment. If they are struggling financially, then

    maybe help them find a job or to find ways to pay their debts. Offer them your shoulder that can share the troubles with them, so that they do not feel alone and that they have someone to look towards.

    Take into account what you are doing

    I am not trying to say that you are the main reason why this person is stressed. However, acknowledge how the things that you do and how they affect the other person because this could mean the difference between helping them or hurting them more. If talking to them when they do not want to be spoken to does not help the situation, then don’t do it. But if sitting next to them when they seem down somehow brings their spirits up, then do that! Just be aware of the effect of your actions.

    Make changes

    Sometimes we are taking up too much at one time, and sometimes it is the things around us that are making things harder for us. Changing the layout of our life and removing some stressful factors might prove to your benefit. For example, let's say that you usually struggle to finish an assignment before a deadline because you are constantly working on other assignments instead of this specific one. Maybe change your schedule to where you are doing a bit of all of your assignments each day so that everything can become much more manageable. Or let's say there is a person who is doing something that makes things more difficult for you( a group member that does not show up, a person who talks behind your back, etc). Talking to them about the issue and/or removing them from daily life might prove to your benefit as well.

    Speak to someone/Therapy

    Be someone that can be spoken to/Be someone that can listen. Venting helps get all that stress out, while also opening up opportunities for others to give you some assistance for your struggles. But some of your problems might be better solved by talking to a therapist. In either situation, talking to others about your issue is therapeutic.

    Take a break

    You can say that this can be considered as you making a change. But, for this one, all you have to do is just stop. Stop whatever you are doing, lay back, and take a breath. Relaxing for a bit before you go back to the grind can help lower your stress and get your head together.

    All of these are not blanket answers for everyone, as some people might be in very special situations that make it harder for them to get help. However, no one is incapable of resolving their issue. It’s only when they take the first step that things will get better.

    References

    1. A. (n.d.). Mental Health and College Students. Retrieved June 19, 2019, from https://adaa.org/finding-help/helping-others/college-students/facts
    2. Walker, K. (2018, September 22). What Are the Common Causes of Stress in College Students? Retrieved June 19, 2019, from https://owlcation.com/academia/The-Common-Causes-of-Stress-in-College-Students

     

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    UAT Provost Dave Bolman addresses new concerns over FaceApp which makes you look old


    TEMPE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) - Using the phone application “FaceApp” has blown up on social media over the past week. But experts are warning that the fun of instantly aging a person’s photo can come with a catch.   “What they’re doing is they’re using very powerful deep-learning AI tools to take people’s photos and compare those to...

    TEMPE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) - Using the phone application “FaceApp” has blown up on social media over the past week. But experts are warning that the fun of instantly aging a person’s photo can come with a catch.

     

    “What they’re doing is they’re using very powerful deep-learning AI tools to take people’s photos and compare those to other photos of how people age,” said Dr. Dave Bolman, provost of the University of Advancing Technology in Tempe.

     

    Bolman says all those photos have to go somewhere.

     

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    “For this to work, it’s taking your picture and everyone else’s picture, and putting it into a database, so you’ve got tens of millions of pictures,” Bolman said.

     

    And when you download the app, you agree for your picture to be used in virtually any way the company sees fit.

     

    WATCH:: What will Russian company do with YOUR pictures?

     

    “What you don’t know is, does that picture link back to me? Is it a situation where my location, my personal information went with that picture?” Bolman said.

     

    Adding another twist is FaceApp was developed in Russia by the Russian company Wireless Lab.

     

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    “I would say that it’s highly likely that any image you send to a private company that goes to Russia is going to end up on a government server,” Bolman said.

     

    Most people who used the app that Arizona’s Family spoke to said they didn’t know their data could be in jeopardy. Bolman says that’s by design since user agreements can be hard to decipher.

     

    Still, he says people shouldn’t panic.

     

    “I think the likelihood that something bad is going to happen is relatively small. But you do have to be cautious,” Bolman said.

     

    Bolman had two recommendations for people looking to minimize their risk while using the app. First, he says users can prevent the app from accessing their entire photo libraries. Second, he says people can go into the “settings” section of their phone to limit the amount of data that is transmitted alongside photos.

     

     

    Max Gorden

     

    https://www.azfamily.com/news/new-concerns-over-faceapp-which-makes-you-look-old/article_e027b1fe-a8f4-11e9-a475-074a045514e5.html

     

    Copyright 2019 KPHO/KTVK (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved.

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    My First Semester


    My first semester here was quite an experience. I envisioned an experience completely different than what occurred. I expected it to be a struggle rushing from class to class. Instead, I found myself relaxed. The homework is reasonable, and the due dates are well spread out, giving me more than enough time to get it done. My experience at UAT has been more enjoyable than my highschool...

    My first semester here was quite an experience. I envisioned an experience completely different than what occurred. I expected it to be a struggle rushing from class to class. Instead, I found myself relaxed. The homework is reasonable, and the due dates are well spread out, giving me more than enough time to get it done. My experience at UAT has been more enjoyable than my highschool experience. UAT has its own experience...

    My morning class was Entrepreneurship to Market – BUS200. Granted, I have passion towards business yet never envisioned myself opening and operating my own business. It was quite interesting to think of ideas and goals for said business. We even went as far as creating a logo and motto with paperwork.

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    I major in Network Security, so I took a Net Set intro course: Foundations of Networking Engineering – NTS102. My first mission was to look for someone extroverted and make friends. Our instructor, Mason Galatas, was very keen on doing actual labs rather reading from a book. Our labs were based on real world problems and actual templates that we may use in our future. I enjoyed that aspect of the Networking Basics course immensely.Stuff

    Identity Protection and Personal - NTS103 was next on my class schedule. Major specific, this course and the subject of most of its assignments were personal. One of the assignments was teaming up with a classmate, researching them on the Internet, apps, etc. to gain information on them. It showed us how easy our digital print is to access. Then the most fun, in my opinion, was the Malware Lab. We were actively playing Blue Team (Security Defender/White Hat) vs. Red Team (Infiltrators/Black Hat) as you tried to clean up a Virtual Machine running Windows 7.

    Introduction to Game Design – GAM101: I love video games and got a chance to brain storm and participate in the game making experience. The class was filled with back to back group projects, giving us hands on experience. We ended up making a lot of unique games. It was a fun experience for an elective class.

    However, my most enjoyable class outside of Network Security was Communication in Technology – COM226H (Honors Program). It was envisioned to help students with communication skills and public speaking. It was perfect to me as I enjoy talking... A lot. The instructor, Gavin Regnaert, is also a Japanese teacher here at UAT and sprinkled some Japanese within COM226H. I found it enjoyable regardless of not knowing a single word in Japanese. Overall, it was an enjoyable experience which made the entire class focus on fun, communication and breaking out of their shell. 

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    Stress in College: How to Handle Stress While Learning


      Consider this scenario; You are in the middle of your college semester, and your classes are starting to get harder. The number of assignments that you need to complete has grown, while your time to complete them has shrunk. On top of that, these assignments make up a large portion of your grade, so skipping them or doing poorly on them is not an option. If you were ever in this...

     

    Consider this scenario; You are in the middle of your college semester, and your classes are starting to get harder. The number of assignments that you need to complete has grown, while your time to complete them has shrunk. On top of that, these assignments make up a large portion of your grade, so skipping them or doing poorly on them is not an option. If you were ever in this situation, What did you end up feeling? What did you do during these instances?

    When I first started attending UAT, I got stressed a lot, and when I get stressed, I end up stress eating. Maybe, for others who had better control over themselves, they would have a slice of pizza or a burger and have that be the end of it. However, with how easily I got stressed, I usually found myself eating loads of food in a small time frame. By the time of my 5th semester, I’ve gained dozens of pounds from this bad habit. I have overcome that eating habit, but I still have many issues when it comes to stress. Now, when I get stressed, I become distant from people and easily angered. All of this prevents me from being productive. 

    In both situations, the stress of college life ended up causing numerous issues that directly affected me and my way of functioning inside and outside of school. I carried/still carry many of the issues around where I go, and it has negatively affected me. Many college students experience these same kinds of issues, unfortunately. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), forty million adults suffer from an anxiety disorder (ADAA, n.d).

    pexels-photo-277052

    Out of that forty million, “85% of college students reported they had felt overwhelmed by everything they had to do at some point…” (ADAA, n.d) and 30% stated that this stress has affected their performance in college. What led to these high numbers?

    Academics play a huge part in students’ stress (Walker, K, 2018). everything is based around a students grade, portfolio, and projects. Students are always on the clock, completing all of their individual and group assignments. They are, also, trying to make sure that their portfolio is up to their industry’s standards, requiring them to tack on even more work to their schedule in order to populate their portfolio with top-level material. Along with all of this, the student is also trying to maintain their GPA so that they could keep their scholarships, job opportunities, and their presence at school.

    There is also a financial burden that plays into a students’ stress (Walker, K, 2018). While many scholarships are given to those who have a certain GPA, some of these students might need even more money to function properly while going to school.

    We looked at the academic and financial reasons for students issues, but we should look into the life of a student to get a better understanding of their struggles. Since many college students have traveled from different parts of the world to get an education, they might not be used to the environment or culture of their university. They might experience homesickness (Walker, K, 2018), which would be the gateway for depression and anxiety. Many students live with other people, as so to make living expenses cheaper. This is not a problem, but then this creates the possibility of having roommate issues, some of these that require possible outside intervention. Then, in the case of a student's social life, that student might have rolled that back due to the onslaught of work and the job that they might have (Walker, K, 2018). All of these either 

    photo-1475650522725-015d35677789

    make it harder for the student to do things that help them relieve stress or actually make their current stress much worse. I can make a list of the things that can cause stress, but the fact of the matter is that there are hundreds of reasons why someone can be stressed. It might not even have anything even relevant to school; maybe their home life is not so good. Some of these reasons can be easily solved, while others might be too nuanced to benefit from a simple and easy solution. There isn’t really a one-size-fits-all solution to everyone's problems. However, from my experiences in college and with other people, I can give a few possible ways to help someone who is being weighed down by stress:

     

    Be someone that can be spoken to/Be someone that can listen

    Sometimes, a person just needs another person to speak to. You do not need to be someone's therapist, but just sitting down with this other person and allowing them

    pexels-photo-236151

    to vent to you about their struggles is very therapeutic. Show them that you understand their struggles and maybe even share some stories that relate to the situation. Just speaking about these things is a great way to handle stress. Who knows. Maybe you are stressed yourself, and finding someone else who is going through the same thing might make things easier for you.

    Offer assistance if you can

    If you can offer ways to help them with what they are struggling with. Maybe, if they are struggling in class, you can offer some pointers about the next assignment. If they are struggling financially, then maybe help them find a job or to find ways to pay their debts. Offer them your shoulder that can share the troubles with them, so that they do not feel alone and that they have someone to look towards.

    Take into account what you are doing

    I am not trying to say that you are the main reason why this person is stressed. However, acknowledge how the things that you do and how they affect the other person because this could mean the difference between helping them or hurting them more. If talking to them when they do not want to be spoken to does not help the situation, then don’t do it. But if sitting next to them when they seem down somehow brings their spirits up, then do that! Just be aware of the effect of your actions.

    Make changes

    Sometimes we are taking up too much at one time, and sometimes it is the things around us that are making things harder for us. Changing the layout of our life and removing some stressful factors might prove to your benefit. For example, let's say that you usually struggle to finish an assignment before a deadline because you are constantly working on other assignments instead of this specific one. Maybe change your schedule to where you are doing a bit of all of your assignments each day so that everything can become much more manageable. Or let's say there is a person who is doing something that makes things more difficult for you( a group member that does not show up, a person who talks behind your back, etc). Talking to them about the issue and/or removing them from daily life might prove to your benefit as well.

    Speak to someone/Therapy

    Be someone that can be spoken to/Be someone that can listen. Venting helps get all that stress out, while also opening up opportunities for others to give you some assistance for your struggles. But some of your problems might be better solved by talking to a therapist. In either situation, talking to others about your issue is therapeutic.

    Take a break

    You can say that this can be considered as you making a change. But, for this one, all you have to do is just stop. Stop whatever you are doing, lay back, and take a breath. Relaxing for a bit before you go back to the grind can help lower your stress and get your head together.

    All of these are not blanket answers for everyone, as some people might be in very special situations that make it harder for them to get help. However, no one is incapable of resolving their issue. It’s only when they take the first step that things will get better.

    References

    1. A. (n.d.). Mental Health and College Students. Retrieved June 19, 2019, from https://adaa.org/finding-help/helping-others/college-students/facts
    2. Walker, K. (2018, September 22). What Are the Common Causes of Stress in College Students? Retrieved June 19, 2019, from https://owlcation.com/academia/The-Common-Causes-of-Stress-in-College-Students

     

     

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    What are DEFCON Groups (DCG or DC-Groups)?


        DCGs are a gathering point for folks interested in the alternate applications of modern technology, referred to properly as "hacking." DCGs are not intended to compete with any other computer groups, such as 2600, but rather to provide yet another gathering place...

     

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    DCGs are a gathering point for folks interested in the alternate applications of modern technology, referred to properly as "hacking." DCGs are not intended to compete with any other computer groups, such as 2600, but rather to provide yet another gathering place for the discussion of technology and security topics.

    DCG meetings are open to anyone and are designed to help members learn new things, meet new people, mentor others in areas you may be strong in, and provide some cohesion within the hacker culture and its members.

     

    How did DCGs come into existence?

     

    DEF CON Groups (DCG) were the brainchild of former University of Advancing Technology (UAT) Program Champion for Network Security, Russ Rogers. As part of his role as a DEF CON Goon (staff) the program was introduced at DEF CON 12 in Las Vegas, NV., about 15 years ago.

    DCG’s were created across the country with the first two being DC719 (Colorado Springs, CO) and DC480 (Phoenix, AZ) with the majority of the members being a part of UAT. The purpose of DCG is to bring like-minded people together in an environment of safe collaboration and knowledge sharing of Cybersecurity Topics. Currently there are over 270 different DCGs, spanning about half the US states and 20+ various countries around the world.

     

    What DCG is in Arizona?

     

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    UAT Student Develops HoloLens VR Project


      UAT student and former student employee, Fred Hunt, has been working on his HoloLens ...

     

    UAT student and former student employee, Fred Hunt, has been working on his HoloLens VR student project for quite some time. You can absolutely see the level of dedication, work and thought that has gone into the project. We're very excited to see the end project! 

     

    Nice work, Fred! 

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    BetterKeyer, a New Nuke Gizmo


    Do you know how visual effects are made? Green screen filming is made possible through digital visual effect applications like Nuke, a node-based composting toolkit.   Nuke is already a super useful program, but Gabe Vigil saw room for improvement in certain channel keys, specifically to make blue and green screen editing easier.   In Nuke, RBG...

    Do you know how visual effects are made? Green screen filming is made possible through digital visual effect applications like Nuke, a node-based composting toolkit.

     

    Nuke is already a super useful program, but Gabe Vigil saw room for improvement in certain channel keys, specifically to make blue and green screen editing easier.

     

    In Nuke, RBG and alpha channels link once a key is pulled. This makes it difficult to manipulate each channel individually, which results in users settling in the middle and sacrificing quality on each end. BetterKeyer unlinks the RGB and alpha channels so that each can be edited individually.

     

    Gabe built the keying gizmo by creating an entire node graph made up of different nodes that are plugged in a certain order. He then selected the entire node graph together as one group and then individually selected specific attribute controls for the gizmo.

     

    Gabe ran into the issue of trying to decide what everyone would find most useful, he states, “I didn’t want to have too much and make it bogged down with a bunch of controls, half of which don’t really matter. And I didn’t want it to have too limited control and not be useful.”

     

    After placing, organizing and labeling all of the controls, BetterKeyer was exported as a gizmo file, which users are able to download onto their devices.

     

    You can find BetterKeyer on Nukepedia, a site where Nuke users upload and download gizmos for free.

     

    Learn more about UAT’s Digital Video degree.

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    Furniture Now Includes Technology


      Everyone has seen a hologram before. This special effect typically reserved for futuristic action movies can now be found in furniture.   Daryl Garcia, a natural builder, problem solver and hands-on worker, decided to take his Student Innovation Project (SIP) to the next level by merging leading...

     

    Everyone has seen a hologram before. This special effect typically reserved for futuristic action movies can now be found in furniture.

     

    Daryl Garcia, a natural builder, problem solver and hands-on worker, decided to take his Student Innovation Project (SIP) to the next level by merging leading technology and unique furniture pieces.


    Before embarking on his SIP, Daryl mocked up a small, five-inch version of a hologram table and a hologram lantern. These small innovations gave him the idea to go big. He repurposed a spare TV, built a wooden frame to house it and used a 3D printer to create brackets to hold everything together.

     

    The science behind a hologram is simple, you just need the right tools. The TV plays an image, which is what will be projected, and a Raspberry Pi converts the image into a hologram. Anything with an HDMI port can be connected to the TV, which makes image and video options endless. In addition, the table can play music in sync with the images since TVs have built in speakers.

     

    Daryl explains that the more movement images have, for example exploding fireworks, the more interesting it is to watch.

     

    Daryl isn’t done with holograms, “It would be cool to make a dining room table and make it [the hologram] rise up out of it.”

     

    What has a SIP inspired you to do? Learn more about the Digital Maker and Fabrication degree.

     

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    S#!T—Watch Your Language!


    Playing online video games is like running through a minefield of curse words. Watch Your Language is a tool kit trying to make the gaming experience more family friendly.   This Student Innovation Project (SIP), created by duo Rocky Vargas and Michael Shepherd, monitors what players are saying and flags...

    Playing online video games is like running through a minefield of curse words. Watch Your Language is a tool kit trying to make the gaming experience more family friendly.

     

    This Student Innovation Project (SIP), created by duo Rocky Vargas and Michael Shepherd, monitors what players are saying and flags inappropriate words. Rocky explains, “Our innovation claim is that gameplay is intensified by turning to foul language gamers use into a mechanic for punishment.”

     

    There isn’t anything for gaming that uses speech recognition this way. If Watch Your Language detects vulgar words, alarms sound and the monitor will display the word. This mechanic is meant to monitor in real-time and can be universally used because there is a coded element that can be written for any word.

     

    Because of the code, this technology can expand into more than just the gaming industry. Software and other technologies written in code can apply Watch Your Language if it’s compatible with a microphone.

     

    Rocky wrote the original code to detect specific words and activated the streaming portion of this SIP. Michael polished the code and hooked it all up.

     

    Do you want to drive the future of games? Check out UAT’s Game Programming degree.

     

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    Experience a True Player Vs. Environment Game


    Looters of the Arcane is a post-modern survival horror game where players travel to past eras to find mysterious objects. With the use of a Time Sphere, players can collect these objects for the antiquities company they currently work for in the distant future. The purpose of the game is to find the arcane objects and sell them to the highest bidder. Because the lost...

    Looters of the Arcane is a post-modern survival horror game where players travel to past eras to find mysterious objects. With the use of a Time Sphere, players can collect these objects for the antiquities company they currently work for in the distant future.


    The purpose of the game is to find the arcane objects and sell them to the highest bidder. Because the lost objects are things that shaped the current world, the game has a surreal effect.

     

    Creator Regis Jerry says this game is an “environment with a personality.” Also known as True PVE, this sets the game apart from other PVE games and gives it an innovative factor. The game’s AI gives the player a completely immersive experience through environmental challenges thrown at the player.

     

    As a player levels up, the environment becomes more difficult to beat. This sense of differing personalities gives the player the ability to use the environment or let it hinder them. Visit places like Ancient Egypt, The Asylum, Ancient Greece and Feudal Japan.

     

    Players can use guns and crosses found within the different environments to fight off elements of the environment that is trying to kill them.

     

    You can play Looters of the Arcane on Steam for free.

     

    Are you interested in the gaming industry? UAT offers degrees in Game Design, Game Programming and Game Art and Animation.

     

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    Toasty Sec for Powershell


    After experiencing the lengthy task of adding incoming, first-year students to a database by hand, Adam Morris took his experience working in the Cyber Warfare Range to improve administrative work.   Knowing there was a better way to complete this work, Adam commissioned his friend Kelvin Ashton to create a...

    After experiencing the lengthy task of adding incoming, first-year students to a database by hand, Adam Morris took his experience working in the Cyber Warfare Range to improve administrative work.

     

    Knowing there was a better way to complete this work, Adam commissioned his friend Kelvin Ashton to create a program script tool kit as their Student Innovation Project (SIP). Thus, Toasty Sec, named from a flying toaster screensaver that coincided with late night hunger, was created as a tool for security/system administrators.

     

    Features like adding and deleting users, hashing files and port scanners were created through PowerShell. Improvements via Toasty Sec includes the ability to access the user’s hardware information.

     

    A hash is a unique identifier found on every file. If the hash has changed, the file has been modified. When it comes to cyber security, a user wants to know why a file has been modified. This is where Toasty Sec comes in. This tool kit gives the user the ability to scan the entire disk in a few minutes and hash everything found within the file.

     

    UAT-blog-toastyPort scanners are another important part of cyber security. Ports connect to everything on a computer. Your device may experience issues if an unwanted port is open. To keep your device secure, Toasty Sec catches and identifies which ports are open. Toasty Sec even detects SQL injections, the most common type of web-based attack.

     

    Both students are graduating with a BS in Network Security and Technology Forensics, and Adam is also studying Network Engineering. Kelvin states, “It’s one project that we based around all of our degrees.”

     

    Before their SIP, neither UAT student knew how to use PowerShell. After taking a scripting class to bring their understanding of basic programming structure up to par, they learned that the true challenge came with learning the different programming languages. Kelvin figured out how to transform one language to another through its methodologies by using object-oriented programming. This was the game changer for their SIP.

     

    Learn more about UAT’s Cyber Security degrees.

     

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    Women in Tech


    Terra Cooke Network Security UAT Graduate 2010   Internal control assurance processes and procedures, security governance, risk and compliance… these are a part of Terra’s daily life. With a career in IT advisory and consulting services, Terra has worked everywhere from the Department of Defense Information Assurance...

    Terra Cooke

    Network Security

    UAT Graduate 2010

     

    Internal control assurance processes and procedures, security governance, risk and compliance… these are a part of Terra’s daily life. With a career in IT advisory and consulting services, Terra has worked everywhere from the Department of Defense Information Assurance Certification (DoD DIACAP) and Federal Information Systems Control Audit Manual (FISCAM) to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA).

     

    Because of her passion for security efforts, Terra is constantly improving her skills, education and opportunities. University of Advancing Technology (UAT) prepared Terra for her dynamic career in cyber security. Classes like Legal Issues in Technology and Identity Access Management gave her the knowledge foundation she needed to be successful in this career path.

     

    Talking on compliance, Terra says, “Compliance is not a static word, and it takes a dynamic spirit to keep all the wheels turning.

     

    Are you interested in a career in network security? Learn more about UAT’s Cyber Security degrees.

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