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

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    Student Innovation Projects in Game Programming and Game Design at UAT


    The University of Advancing Technology (UAT) is proud to showcase the Spring 2024 Student Innovation Projects (SIPs) from the Game...

    The University of Advancing Technology (UAT) is proud to showcase the Spring 2024 Student Innovation Projects (SIPs) from the Game Programming and Game Design majors. These projects represent the culmination of students' academic journey, highlighting their ability to address real-world challenges and push the boundaries of technology in the gaming industry.

    Feminspire

    Student: Hope Thoms

    Major: Game Design

    Hope Thoms' FemInspire is a groundbreaking social application focused on supporting women in STEM through mentorship, earning recognition with the prestigious World Changer Award.

     

    Responsibility

    Student: Trevor Baughn

    Major: Game Design

    Trevor Baughn’s Responsibility introduces a dynamic reputation system driven by game AI, enhancing the depth and complexity of NPC interactions within games.

    Musical Towers

    Student: Orlando McBride

    Major: Game Design

    Musical Towers is an innovative rhythm-based tower defense game designed to make music creation an integral part of gameplay. Unlike traditional games in this genre, Musical Towers allows players to generate original music by strategically placing towers that harmonize or discord with each other. This engaging approach not only entertains but also educates, helping users understand musical concepts like harmony and discordance. Ideal for both children and adults, the game aims to bridge the gap in music education accessibility, making learning about music fun and interactive.

    Backseating

    Student: Zac Habul

    Majors: Game Design and Game Programming

    Zac Habul’s Backseating introduces a novel game mechanic that splits control between the player and their character, enriching the narrative experience in narrative-based games.

     

    3-D Modeling Based on Action Figure Articulation

    Student: Sophie Schenck

    Majors: Game Design and Game Programming

    My SIP is a way of 3d modeling so that models have action figure articulation for the purpose of achieving a unique art style for a video game.

    STEX-rs

    Student: Andrew Long

    Major: Game Programming

    STEX-rs — the shader template exporter — a utility for game developers to use the same core shader across multiple game engines.

    Virtual Podcasting Camera

    Student: Pierson Mcinelly

    Major: Game Programming

    Pierson Mcinelly’s Virtual Podcasting Camera revolutionizes podcasting in virtual spaces, offering advanced virtual camera techniques for streaming and recording podcasts.

     

    Pixel Art Character Animation

    Student: Collin Strauch

    Major: Game Programming

    Collin Strauch’s software for generating pixel art character animations streamlines the animation process for game developers, providing a user-friendly tool for creating captivating sprite-based animations.

     

    Baked Directional Gravity

    Student Name: Adam White

    Major: Game Programming

    Adam White’s Baked Directional Gravity introduces a groundbreaking approach to game physics, enhancing the realism and dynamism of virtual environments.

    Conclusion

    The Spring 2024 Student Innovation Projects from UAT's Game Programming and Game Design majors exemplify the program's dedication to fostering innovation and equipping students with the skills needed to thrive in the ever-evolving landscape of the gaming industry. These projects not only demonstrate students' technical expertise but also their creativity and ability to address societal challenges through gaming.

    Learn more about how Student Innovation Projects contribute to career readiness, here.

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    Robotics Excellence: Jacob Stieneker's Award-Winning Journey


    Jacob Stieneker, a senior at the University of Advancing Technology (UAT), is majoring in Robotics and Embedded Systems and graduating in the Spring 2024 semester. Originally from Pikeville, Indiana, a small ranch town, Jacob has...

    Jacob Stieneker, a senior at the University of Advancing Technology (UAT), is majoring in Robotics and Embedded Systems and graduating in the Spring 2024 semester. Originally from Pikeville, Indiana, a small ranch town, Jacob has excelled in his field and has made significant contributions through his innovative projects. After graduation, Jacob plans to continue his professional growth at his current company, Universal Robots, and further his career in the automation industry.

     

    Winning the Best in Show and Viewers Choice Awards

    Jacob's hard work and dedication culminated in receiving the prestigious Best in Show and Viewers Choice Awards at the Student Innovation Project (SIP) Presentation. For Jacob, this recognition means a great deal. "It means the world to me," he expressed. "I put a lot of hard work and late hours while juggling many different responsibilities in parallel. To see my efforts recognized is greatly appreciated."

    Choosing UAT and Memorable Moments

    Jacob chose to attend UAT because it offered his specific major interests, worked well with his full-time work schedule, and was relatively affordable. Reflecting on his time at UAT, Jacob highlighted the Student Innovation Project experience as his most memorable moment. "It forced me to step outside of my comfort zone and utilize critical thinking to manifest what is now a patent-pending solution," he said. This project also allowed him to support local small businesses by utilizing their fabrication space and equipment.

    Influences and Support at UAT

    Throughout his journey at UAT, Jacob was influenced by many, but Professor Prater stood out as the most significant. "The reason is that he pushes me to do my best work. If he sees a mistake or room for improvement, he lets me know," Jacob explained. He appreciated Professor Prater's commitment to excellence, his willingness to provide constructive criticism, and his openness to discussing issues or concerns.

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    The Robotics Gripper Project

    Jacob's award-winning SIP project, the Robotics Gripper, had a challenging start. His initial idea was rejected, leading him to develop the 3D printed robot gripper. Despite facing numerous challenges, including a lack of experience in 3D modeling and mechanical calculations, Jacob successfully created a universal solution for robot projects. The successful testing of his first prototype was a moment of great joy.

    Jacob and his business partner, Dylan Query, who co-own "Query Productions," created a cinematic presentation for the project. Their first feature film is available for sale at major retailers like Wal-Mart, Target, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon. Jacob aimed to capture the late nights and struggles of his journey in a story-driven, cinematic short film, which turned out better than he had hoped.

    Future Plans for the Robotics Gripper

    Looking ahead, Jacob plans to continue refining his Robotics Gripper. The design is now patent-pending, and he aims to develop a UR Cap, a custom interface for the Universal Robots GUI, to simplify operation. This will be akin to an app for a smartphone.

    Challenges and Rewards of the SIP Process

    The most challenging part of the SIP process for Jacob was the 3D modeling, a skill he had not frequently used. Thanks to Project Murphy and guidance from Max Edwards, Jacob gained the confidence to design his own 3D printed gripper, becoming more comfortable with software like SolidWorks and Inventor.

    The most rewarding aspect of the SIP process for Jacob was creating the short film for the showcase. Working with Dylan, he was able to recapture the emotions of his journey, making the experience an emotional rollercoaster. Now, Jacob has both the SIP project and the short film to look back on with pride.

    Conclusion

    Jacob Stieneker's journey and achievements at UAT exemplify dedication, innovation, and the power of perseverance. His success at the Student Innovation Project Presentation is a testament to his hard work and the support he received from the UAT community. As Jacob moves forward in his career, his experiences and accomplishments at UAT will undoubtedly continue to inspire and drive his professional growth.

     

    Learn more about how Student Innovation projects contribute to career readiness, here.

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    Student Innovation Projects in Game Art and Animation at UAT


    The University of Advancing Technology (UAT) continues to cultivate creativity and innovation through its Spring 2024 Student Innovation Projects (SIPs) in the Game Art and Animation major. These projects, akin to a master’s thesis but...

    The University of Advancing Technology (UAT) continues to cultivate creativity and innovation through its Spring 2024 Student Innovation Projects (SIPs) in the Game Art and Animation major. These projects, akin to a master’s thesis but with a more engaging and practical approach, showcase the remarkable talents and cutting-edge ideas of UAT students.

    Mice


    Student Name: Billy Espinosa
    Project Description: Billy Espinosa's Mice introduces an innovative peripheral device featuring Bluetooth capability, captive touch sensors, and a low-profile trackball for navigation, offering a sleek and modern solution for gaming peripherals.

     

     

     

    Macabre Gambit

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    Student Name: Miriam "Pike" Garcia
    Project Description: Miriam Garcia’s Macabre Gambit merges interactive comic book elements with role-playing game (RPG) mechanics in a captivating zombie apocalypse setting, redefining the comic book experience.

     

    WUMU Melody


    Student Name: Bianca Magana
    Project Description: Bianca Magana’s WUMU Melody combines nostalgic pixel art sprites with stylized 3D environments and dynamic lighting, creating a visually striking fusion of 2D and 3D art.

    Conclusion

    The Student Innovation Projects from UAT's Game Art and Animation major for the Spring 2024 semester underscore the program's commitment to fostering creativity and pushing the boundaries of artistic expression in the gaming industry.

    Learn more about how Student Innovation Projects contribute to career readiness, here.

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    UAT Students Take Time to Relax and Indulge in ‘Puppy Love’


    Amidst the whirlwind of academic pursuits and technological endeavors at UAT, the unexpected (but very welcome) arrival of furry, four-legged companions to campus this spring offered students a healthy dose of pure delight! There’s nothing quite like puppy cuddles and sloppy kisses to melt away stress and lift spirits. And at UAT, we encourage students to have a...

    Amidst the whirlwind of academic pursuits and technological endeavors at UAT, the unexpected (but very welcome) arrival of furry, four-legged companions to campus this spring offered students a healthy dose of pure delight!

    There’s nothing quite like puppy cuddles and sloppy kisses to melt away stress and lift spirits. And at UAT, we encourage students to have a school-life-work balance whenever possible. While events like this one are not too frequent, there are plenty of student clubs and groups to get involved with on UAT’s campus to add some fun time into your schedule. UAT’s Tempe backdrop also offers a plethora of places to get some much-needed “me time” for students willing to venture out and explore.

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    What’s more, UAT students missing their pets back home have an abundance of volunteer opportunities available to them to get some much-needed puppy (or kitten) love! Here are a few places where volunteers can make a difference in animals’ lives and give back to the community:

    Lost Our Home Pet Rescue:

    Based in Tempe, this organization rescues pets in crisis situations and is frequently in need of volunteers to socialize and exercise animals, assist with adoption events, and more. Learn how to get involved at lostourhome.org

    HALO Animal Rescue

    With a main shelter in Phoenix and an adoption center in Tempe, HALO relies on generous help from volunteers. From cleaning kennels to assisting with adoption efforts and events, there are lots of opportunities to keep busy! Visit their website at halorescue.org to see how you can contribute.

    Arizona Humane Society

    From dog walking to bottle-feeding kittens, there is plenty of volunteer work that needs to be done at the various Arizona Humane Society campuses. Give a helping hand by visiting azhumane.org to see what’s needed.

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    UAT Students Got Sweet Revenge at the Pie Your Professor Event


    Take a look back at UAT’s 'Pie Your Professor' event through this gallery of candid shots! From the aftermath of fruity explosions to the messy remnants of custard collisions, these images capture the playful chaos and sweet satisfaction of the pie-throwing festivities that took place on our Tempe campus near the end of this past spring semester. What fun it was to witness the camaraderie...

    Take a look back at UAT’s 'Pie Your Professor' event through this gallery of candid shots! From the aftermath of fruity explosions to the messy remnants of custard collisions, these images capture the playful chaos and sweet satisfaction of the pie-throwing festivities that took place on our Tempe campus near the end of this past spring semester. What fun it was to witness the camaraderie and mischief shared among participants! And what better way to avenge some mid-semester stress than by turning your professors into willing targets of whipped cream and pie crust?

    Among the faculty who received their “just desserts” were Ashley Fuentes (Assistant Director of Student Services), Brandi Beals (Dean of Students and Academic Operations), Jacob Hreshchyshyn (Game Professor), and Derric Clark (Game Studies Regent).

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    Want to learn more about our faculty—aka the “crème de la crème” of UAT? Check out faculty and staff bios and get inspired by the mentorship and guidance offered here! Plus, they’re all very good sports, as evidenced above.

    CHOOSE YOUR PIE-TER!

    A key part of a fun pie-throwing event is the be well-equipped with the right types of pies. Ultimately, the best pies for throwing are those with a soft and creamy consistency that will create a messy impact without causing harm.

    Whipped Cream Pies
    The go-to choice on our campus, pies topped with whipped cream are a classic standby for pie throwing. The soft texture of the whipped cream makes them ideal for creating a messy impact without causing injury!

    Cream Pies
    Pies filled with creamy custard or pudding also work well for pie throwing. They have a soft and gooey texture that sticks to the target upon impact.

    Fruit Pies
    Fruit pies with a soft filling, such as apple or cherry pie, can be used for pie throwing, although they may not stick to the target as effectively as whipped cream or cream pies.

    Banana Cream Pie
    Pies filled with banana-flavored custard or pudding can be a fun choice for pie throwing, especially if you're looking for a slightly different flavor while still keeping the texture soft and safe.

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    UAT Students Cultivate Calm by Making Mini Terrariums


    Students took a much-needed screen break at UAT this spring to instead embark on a brief reprieve into the world of mini terrarium making. Glass jars can become enchanted realms when science and creativity collide — who knew?! If you’re ready to dive into the delightful world of mini terrarium making, where each jar holds the promise of magic, check out the following...

    Students took a much-needed screen break at UAT this spring to instead embark on a brief reprieve into the world of mini terrarium making. Glass jars can become enchanted realms when science and creativity collide — who knew?!

    If you’re ready to dive into the delightful world of mini terrarium making, where each jar holds the promise of magic, check out the following do-it-yourself guide to crafting one of these miniature wonders:

    Create a DIY Mini Terrarium

    Supplies Needed:

    • A glass container (thrifted, recycled, or new)
    • Pebbles or gravel (the more colorful and shinier, the better!)
    • Activated charcoal (for keeping things fresh)
    • Potting soil (spring for the good stuff for happy plant roots)
    • Small plants (think tiny ferns, cute succulents, or dreamy mosses)
    • Decorative elements (try shells, fairy figurines, or tiny dinosaurs — let your imagination run wild!)
    • A spray bottle filled with water (for hydration, of course!)

    Step-by-Step Instructions:

    Pick Your Perfect Pot

    Choose a glass container that speaks to your inner artist. Don’t limit yourself — any glass receptacle, from a mason jar to a recycled wine glass, should do.

    Rock On

    Start with a handful of pebbles at the bottom of your vessel, laying down the foundation for the green goodness to come.

    Get Charcoal-y

    Sprinkle a little activated charcoal on top of your pebbles and keep your terrarium smelling as fresh as a daisy.

    Dig In

    Now, scoop in some potting soil. Make sure it's nice and fluffy before the next step.

    Plant Party

    It's plantin' time! Pop your tiny green friends into the soil, giving them plenty of space to spread their roots and grow big and strong. Try not to overcrowd your terrarium.

    Decoration Station

    Add extras like seashells or figurines to create a scene straight out of a fairy tale.

    Spritz and Sprinkle

    Give your terrarium a spritz of water to start. Keep an eye on your little green buddies and water them whenever they're thirsty!

    Watch it Grow

    Your work is done. With each sprout and leaf unfurling, your tiny ecosystem is a testament to the magic of nature! Show off your efforts by finding the perfect spot to showcase your miniature masterpiece.

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    Say ‘Hello’ to New Faces at UAT!


    Meet Joshua Blatnik A year ago, a UAT postcard in...

    Meet Joshua Blatnik

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    A year ago, a UAT postcard in the mail sparked a new journey for Joshua Blatnik. Postmarked from Tempe, the mailer arrived in his hometown of Eveleth, Minnesota, and inspired him to learn more about the technology-fused curriculum on offer. Soon enough, he was starting his very own UAT adventure as an Advancing Computer Science major. Joshua didn’t have to swap the cold weather for the dry heat, though — as a UAT Online student, he can still maintain his full-time work in Minnesota without sacrificing his educational pursuits.

    What’s more, Joshua was able to focus on his interests with the UAT Online model, in which all coursework is geared toward technologically-savvy individuals and their needs. He became interested in a career in the field of software engineering in particular after tinkering with some unsatisfactory server setups while playing Grand Theft Auto V. Little did he know that learning server modifications for fun would eventually lead him to his career path! At 19 years old, Joshua now already has more than four years of programming experience in a diverse offering of languages, including C#, Java, JavaScript, and Lua.

    Although an online student, Joshua has still connected from a distance with the UAT community and feels a sense of camaraderie due to a near ubiquitous shared love for video games.

    “It's hard to describe UAT students. They're very technology-focused people, they crave video games. And that's why they're interested in attending UAT. A lot of them are Twitch streamers. They're very involved in the internet space. And that's how I think of the culture: Everyone's kind of doing their own thing on the internet. And then we're all together in the same class.”

    When not gaming, working, studying, or programming, Joshua enjoys being active outdoors through mountain biking. One of the things he is most looking forward to in his college career is gaining an internship at a well-known technology company, such as Microsoft or Samsung, in order to achieve his future goal of becoming a software engineer.

    Meet Kennedee Cameron

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    Hailing from Maricopa, Arizona, Kennedee Cameron is a Digital Video and Digital Marketing dual major. She arrived at UAT with passion and ambition, and immediately felt like she was among her people.

    “I would say the UAT community is like the Shire from The Lord of the Rings. It's like everyone is like you in a way. One person can be different from you and very unique — but you can always find a common ground or something you both agree on.”

    Kennedee says that in addition to UAT looking like “a good crowd,” she liked that the curriculum allows her to study her interests from the start.

    “Compared to other universities where you have to take all these other classes first if you want to focus on your major, at UAT [general education requirements] still help you focus on your major.”

    For Kennedee, she is especially exhilarated by the fact that there is always something new to learn as “every quarter is really a new quarter” at UAT. She arrived with knowledge in Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, but has already learned so much about new areas related to digital video that she didn’t anticipate, such as the intricacies of lighting and effects in video production and editing.

    As for who motivated Kennedee to pursue this academic and career path, she credits her high school graphic design teacher, Maria Pour, of Maricopa High School. Mrs. Pour inspired her to learn all she could about design, and even perhaps consider a future career teaching teenagers in this field.

    For now, Kennedee is absorbing as much knowledge as she can at UAT to work towards a dream career working for Marvel as an editor or digital marketer one day. She says one of her biggest goals would be to someday work with James Cameron. When Kennedee isn’t busy with schoolwork, she likes to spend her time creatively expressing herself through editing on her phone, writing, and even community theatre — she will soon perform in the ensemble cast of a Maricopa Community Theatre production of Heathers: The Musical.

    Meet Tyler Jones

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    A freshman with a passion for technology and a drive to pursue animation, Tyler Jones, a Game Art and Animation major, didn’t have to go far geographically to start his UAT journey. Amidst the vast landscape of college options, UAT stood out to this Arizona native for its intimate size and welcoming community. For Tyler, the allure of a small campus promised an environment where he could explore his academic pursuits without feeling overwhelmed.

    “What I really liked about UAT is that it's not too big of a college. Big colleges, for me, would be kind of overwhelming. Here, there are just two buildings, and it's easy to know where to go.”

    Tyler has already gleaned valuable lessons from his time at UAT — even in areas he didn’t anticipate, such as in the realm of language and writing. A creative writer at heart, this has been a welcome surprise for Tyler. He cherishes the opportunity to hone his craft and refine his skills, to weave compelling narratives that captivate audiences.

    “I really like to create my own world, my own characters — I'm full of creativity.”

    As a video game lover, Tyler is interested in potentially learning additional skills, like coding, to try and create his own games. He feels right at home in a place where he says “pretty much everybody” likes gaming.

    “UAT has a great culture and sense of community. The people here are very wide open and very supportive. Faculty especially, are very supportive.”

    Though he’s still in his first year at UAT, Tyler has no shortage of ambition when it comes to where he hopes his technology-centered education takes him. His dream career would be to work in the video game industry. As a detail-focused individual, Tyler hopes to lend his talents to the more meticulous elements of animation — focusing on 3D modeling, lighting, texturing, or any other areas that need extra attention.

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    Summon Your Inner Adventurer with UAT LARPing!


    UAT contributed to the enduring legacy of LARPing (that’s Live Action Role-Playing, if you didn’t know!) by holding a LARP Tournament on campus this past spring. What happened next was a chaotically fun event where imagination knew no bounds! Whether you're a seasoned adventurer or a curious newcomer,...

    UAT contributed to the enduring legacy of LARPing (that’s Live Action Role-Playing, if you didn’t know!) by holding a LARP Tournament on campus this past spring. What happened next was a chaotically fun event where imagination knew no bounds!

    Whether you're a seasoned adventurer or a curious newcomer, there's a place for you in UAT’s vibrant LARPing community. Grab your boffer and embark on an unforgettable journey through time, fantasy, and camaraderie!

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    LARPing Through the Ages

    Curious how this adventurous activity got its start? We’ll take you step by step:

    LATE 1970s — The Birth of LARPing

    LARP is just too quirky for a single point of origin! Independent groups began the activity in North America, Europe, and Australia, taking elements of tabletop RPGs and genre fiction to a physical setting.

    1982 — Treasure Trap

    After LARP as a hobby grew in popularity leading into the 80s, the first ever large-scale LARP event, Treasure Trap, took place in the U.K. at Peckforton Castle. Treasure Trap was particularly influential on the British LARP scene.

    1997 — Amtgard Established

    One of the most prominent LARP organizations, Amtgard, is founded in Texas. Amtgard chapters can now also be found in Canada, Germany, Croatia, and South Korea.

    LATE 90s TO EARLY 2000s — LARP in Pop Culture

    LARP as a hobby gained mainstream recognition through exposure in films and television shows, such as Freaks and Geeks (1999), Role Models (2008), and Community (2009).

    2020s & BEYOND — LARP Levels Up

    Despite challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, LARPing communities demonstrate resilience and adaptability, exploring virtual and hybrid formats to maintain connections and creative pursuits. As LARP evolves, an increasing emphasis on inclusivity, diversity, and accessibility has enabled participants of all backgrounds, ages, and abilities.

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    How This UAT Alum is Making Arizona Safer for College Students


    Since graduating from UAT’s Digital Media program (now offered as “Digital Video”) in 2018, CJ Logsdon has been a driving force in community outreach and safety efforts across Arizona. In her past work as a Community Outreach Coordinator with the Arizona Attorney General's Office, CJ made significant strides in leveraging technology...

    Since graduating from UAT’s Digital Media program (now offered as “Digital Video”) in 2018, CJ Logsdon has been a driving force in community outreach and safety efforts across Arizona. In her past work as a Community Outreach Coordinator with the Arizona Attorney General's Office, CJ made significant strides in leveraging technology and education to address pressing issues within the state, furthering the Office’s mission to provide valuable resources and education free of charge to all of Arizona.

    In her previous role, CJ spearheaded a pioneering program aimed at colleges statewide, including UAT, focusing on opioid awareness and prevention. The focus of the program is to combat the ongoing opioid epidemic plaguing Arizona communities by providing crucial insights into prevalence, prevention strategies, and support networks. The Attorney General’s Office staff is also being formally trained in the administration of Naloxone in order to provide educational facilities with the lifesaving Narcan.

    The Office is addressing a spectrum of societal challenges. From educating young adults about consumer safety to raising awareness about human trafficking and dispelling myths surrounding vaping, CJ's efforts encompassed a comprehensive approach to community well-being.

    As a proud alumna of UAT, CJ Logsdon continued to make a significant impact in Arizona's safety landscape through innovative solutions. True to her UAT roots, CJ still flexes her design muscles whenever she can. She is passionate about color psychology and calls herself a “graphic design nerd.”

    Programs offered by the Arizona Attorney General’s Office

    Consumer Guide for Young Adults

    This program addresses how young adults can be safe consumers and avoid becoming victims of scams and identity theft. An overview on how to safely apply for credit cards, housing, car loans, and student loans; first-time car buying tips will also be provided.

    Human Trafficking Awareness

    Human Trafficking doesn't just happen in other countries; it happens right here in Arizona communities. Learn how traffickers in Arizona recruit their victims, the role of social media, and steps parents and others can take to protect children. We also provide real-life examples of human trafficking in Arizona and explain what you should do if you suspect someone may be a victim.

    Vaping Awareness and Prevention

    Presenters will bust the common myths and misconceptions about the e-cigarette and vaping industry. Attendees will learn about the evolution of e-cigarette products and the dangers associated with both the devices and vaping liquid or "juice.”

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    Spring Activity Brought Brushes and Bright Colors to UAT


    UAT students unlocked their inner artistry with a splash of color … to the face! At a vibrant spring activity, students were transformed into whimsical characters and adorned their cheeks with bold designs. From playful animals to intricate patterns, every stroke of paint brought out the joy and imagination of our Tempe campus community. Admire the artistry and get inspired to create your...

    UAT students unlocked their inner artistry with a splash of color … to the face! At a vibrant spring activity, students were transformed into whimsical characters and adorned their cheeks with bold designs. From playful animals to intricate patterns, every stroke of paint brought out the joy and imagination of our Tempe campus community. Admire the artistry and get inspired to create your own cheeky masterpiece!

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    At UAT, creativity knows no bounds. From innovative courses that challenge conventional thinking to dynamic extracurricular programs that foster artistic expression, our Tempe campus is a hub of creative, technology-infused offerings. Whether students are pursuing a degree in Advertising Art or Game Art and Animation, there's a major designed for every imagination to thrive. With state-of-the-art facilities, passionate faculty mentors, and a supportive community, we empower students to unleash their creative and innovative potential and make their mark as groundbreakers. Join us on a journey where creativity reigns supreme, and possibilities are limited only by the bounds of one's imagination at UAT!

    Face Painting Tips & Tricks!

    Choose Safe Products: Use water-based, hypoallergenic face paints designed for the skin. Avoid acrylic or craft paints — save those for paper canvases!

    Prep Skin: Cleanse skin before painting. Moisturize with a non-oil-based lotion for a smoother “canvas!”

    Practice Simple Designs: Start with easy shapes like hearts and stars, and experiment with blending colors.

    Quality Tools: Invest in soft, synthetic brushes and sponges for smooth application.

    Hygiene Matters: Keep supplies clean. Avoid sharing brushes. Remove paint gently with makeup remover.

    Consider Skin Types: Use water-based paints for oily skin and cream-based for dry/sensitive skin. Conduct patch tests on sensitive skin first!

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    Airborne Ingenuity: UAT Students and MCSO Join Forces for High-Flying Drone Project


    Drone enthusiasts at UAT aren’t just leisurely flying the latest technology for fun—they’re contributing to groundbreaking advancements in how drones can be used to combat crime through a growing alliance with the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office (MCSO). The MCSO drone team’s collaboration with UAT dates back to 2018, as the team has incorporated drone technology into their operations...

    Drone enthusiasts at UAT aren’t just leisurely flying the latest technology for fun—they’re contributing to groundbreaking advancements in how drones can be used to combat crime through a growing alliance with the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office (MCSO). The MCSO drone team’s collaboration with UAT dates back to 2018, as the team has incorporated drone technology into their operations for surveillance, evidence collection, search and rescue, and other uses.

    The MCSO drone team’s latest visit to UAT’s technology-infused Tempe campus included a demonstration and display of multiple iterations of drone technology, in the form of drone equipment ranging from massive wingspans of seven feet to near-micro-size drones for more covert operations.

    UAT students don’t just get to observe this drone technology, but also talk to the MCSO drone team to offer insights on how the dozen or so drone models on display could be used in innovative ways. For example, UAT students previously offered a suggestion to use signal boosters or repeaters in order to expand the drones’ range.

    “UAT students are the future of this technology moving forward,” Brad Licking, Drone Commander for the MCSO said, explaining why the UAT insight is so valuable. “Anybody that's around this type of tech, we kind of consider ourselves nerds. We love showing our stuff off, we love people coming out and flying. And anything that we can do to bring extra technology into the Sheriff's Office, it just helps our overall mission of serving the citizens of Maricopa County.”

    In addition, Licking noted that the MCSO could benefit from observing innovations UAT students are working on in 3D printing, an emerging technology they’d like to implement in their work.

    Licking reports that the MCSO drone team plans to continue to collaborate and gather insights from UAT students in the future.

    “We'll come back to UAT every time you guys invite us—we love to share this stuff. You can see how much drone technology has changed throughout the years. And so we know next year, the students are going to be even smarter than they are today. And we're going to try to pick your brains as much as we can!”

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    Gain a Cool Edge with the Hottest New Courses at UAT


    UAT offers courses designed to ignite curiosity and challenge intellect — all while introducing students to the most exciting technological advancements that will reshape the future. Step into the forefront of innovation with these thrilling new UAT courses on offer. From exploring the depths of the nervous system to traversing the highs and lows of the product development...

    UAT offers courses designed to ignite curiosity and challenge intellect — all while introducing students to the most exciting technological advancements that will reshape the future.

    Step into the forefront of innovation with these thrilling new UAT courses on offer. From exploring the depths of the nervous system to traversing the highs and lows of the product development lifecycle, UAT has an exhilarating odyssey available to embark on!

    Check out the complete list of course offerings via UAT’s catalog.

    SPT323: Advanced Prototyping

    Ready to take your ideas from concept to creation? Prepare to take on complex prototyping challenges across varied contexts, for coursework competencies that can apply toward a career in product design, architecture, and other industries. Students learn cutting-edge skills in virtual reality prototyping, CAD, generative design, and simulation techniques through hands-on experience with software like Gravity Sketch, Autodesk Fusion, Ultimaker Cura, Bambu Studio, and more. Generative design and automation concepts will be explored, using AI and machine learning to accelerate the design process. Proficiency in simulating prototypes, including electronics cooling and injection molding, will enable rigorous testing and refinement before physical prototyping.

    SPT323: Interfacing with the Nervous System

    The nervous system is the root of our biology — managing everything we sense, integrating all that information to formulate decisions, and carrying out those decisions throughout the body. Thanks to advancements in technology, we can now measure and interact with our biological core. This course will explore the technologies used to interface with the nervous system: Electroencephalogram, Brain Computer Interfaces, Electromyography Controlled Prosthesis, Deep Brain Stimulation, and others. The course culminates with the creation of students’ own Minimum Viable Product (MVP) of a new technology used to interact with the nervous system. Prepare to unravel the mysteries within!

    TCH200: Product Development

    Gain a nuanced understanding of the product development lifecycle for technologies in this course. Students will review case studies, tracking insights discovered from inception to innovation, all the way to production and eventual distribution to market. Discussion of these findings as well as considerations necessary for long-tail product development will ensue, enhancing students’ understanding of the trials and triumphs of the contemporary product development lifecycle.

    *Course offerings vary by semester

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    Discover Clubs and Groups at UAT!


    Welcome to a campus where intellect, curiosity, and passion converge! At University of Advancing Technology, you'll find a diverse array of student organizations that cater to every nerdy passion and intellectual curiosity imaginable. Whether you're a fan of coding marathons, tabletop gaming, drone flying, or lightsaber battles, there's a...

    Welcome to a campus where intellect, curiosity, and passion converge! At University of Advancing Technology, you'll find a diverse array of student organizations that cater to every nerdy passion and intellectual curiosity imaginable. Whether you're a fan of coding marathons, tabletop gaming, drone flying, or lightsaber battles, there's a community waiting for you here in Tempe. Dive into latest offerings to discover the perfect club or group that aligns with your interests, fuels your creativity, and connects you with like-minded peers.

    DND Club

    This is a space for UAT students to connect with fellow Dungeons & Dragons players, allowing for immersive gameplay and fun interactions. Adventure awaits!

    Drone Zone

    Ready to fly high, explore far, and innovate endlessly? Join a group of like-minded individuals who are passionate about drones (multi-rotors), First Person View (FPV), Drone Racing, and who have or plan on getting their PART 107 certification.

    Fighting Game Club

    Choose your fighter! Uniting casual and competitive fighting game connoisseurs, this club is for those who love multiplayer fighting games and competing in tournaments. Battle against your classmates for the win!

    Gardening Club

    Calling all green thumbs: This club brings students together through teaching them how to care for a garden while contributing to the beautification of UAT’s campus.

    MAGIC: The Gathering

    Whether you're a seasoned Planeswalker or just starting your journey, this club is the place to meet fellow MTG enthusiasts, trade cards, and hone your strategies. See you on the battlefield!

    Movie Club

    A club to entertain film buffs, both seasoned and new. Join us to watch, analyze, and discuss a variety of movies. Don’t forget the popcorn!

    Nerf Warz

    Join an epic Nerf battle — UAT-style. Darts everywhere! So. Many. Darts.

    Grab your blasters and take cover!

    Robotics Club

    The Robotics Club enables students to express their creative engineering abilities through the construction of robots and offers the opportunity to represent UAT in robotics competitions. Gear up, future innovators!

    Star Wars Club

    May the force be with you! Learn choreographed Star Wars fight scenes using dueling lightsabers and engage in lively discussion and debate surrounding the iconic franchise in this club.

    Wyverns Esports

    Join fellow gamers and form teams for various esports games, such as League of Legends. Teams battle it out and may even enter competitions at the collegiate level or higher. Victory awaits!

    VR / AR Club

    Calling all virtual voyagers! Join the VR/AR Club for discussion of new software, hardware, and developments in the extended reality (XR) space. This is a community for UAT students to use as a brainstorming resource or for anyone interested in XR technology.

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    Sidewalk Picassos Transform UAT’s Tempe Campus


    UAT students of all backgrounds and skill levels came together to paint their dreams onto the pavement at a spring event! It was not only a great opportunity to connect with other students and express themselves creatively, but also a chance to beautify our Tempe campus. From whimsical doodles to intricate masterpieces, the joy and...

    UAT students of all backgrounds and skill levels came together to paint their dreams onto the pavement at a spring event! It was not only a great opportunity to connect with other students and express themselves creatively, but also a chance to beautify our Tempe campus. From whimsical doodles to intricate masterpieces, the joy and ingenuity of our campus community shines through every piece of sidewalk art.

    [IMAGES of chalk art]

    Feeling inspired? Let's dive into the colorful world of chalk art and discover the tips and tricks behind these captivating creations!

    Chalk Art Essentials Checklist — Everything you need to get started!

    Sidewalk-Friendly Chalk: Look for soft, pastel-like chalk that's easy to blend and work with on pavement.

    Blending Tools: Consider using brushes, sponges, or even your fingers to achieve smooth transitions and gradients.

    Reference Images: Gather inspiration from photos, drawings, or your imagination to guide your chalk art creation.

    Fixative Spray: Protect your artwork from smudging or fading by applying a fixative spray once your masterpiece is complete.

    Surface Preparation: Make sure your sidewalk or pavement surface is clean and free of debris before you start drawing.

    Step-by-Step Guide to Creating Chalk Art:

    Choose Your Location: Find a flat, smooth surface with plenty of space. Sidewalks, driveways, or even large chalkboards are great options.

    Sketch Your Design: Use a lighter-colored chalk to sketch out your design before filling it in with vibrant colors.

    Layer Your Colors: Start with lighter colors as a base and gradually add darker shades for depth and dimension.

    Blend, Blend, Blend: Use blending tools or your fingers to blend colors together seamlessly, creating smooth transitions and gradients.

    Add Details: Once your base colors are down, use finer chalk to add details and highlights to your artwork.

    Protect Your Art: Once your masterpiece is complete, use a fixative spray to seal and protect it from the elements.

    Share Your Creation: Don't forget to share your chalk art with friends, family, and social media followers! Snap a photo of your masterpiece and spread the joy of sidewalk creativity.

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    Grillin’ and Chillin’ at UAT


    UAT’s campus came alive with the tantalizing scent of barbecue as students and faculty gathered for a sizzling cookout extravaganza at our spring event! From juicy burgers to classic hotdogs, our Tempe campus was transformed into a culinary hotspot, where the spirit of community and the love of good food collided in a mouthwatering feast. Check out some snapshots from the cookout and...

    UAT’s campus came alive with the tantalizing scent of barbecue as students and faculty gathered for a sizzling cookout extravaganza at our spring event! From juicy burgers to classic hotdogs, our Tempe campus was transformed into a culinary hotspot, where the spirit of community and the love of good food collided in a mouthwatering feast. Check out some snapshots from the cookout and experience the sights, sounds, and flavors in retrospect — just try not to drool!

     

    Ready to engage all your senses at UAT? Check out UAT’s Café page for more details on on-campus food options and meal plans.

     

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    BBQ Across the USA: A Regional Feast

     

    American barbeque is a melting pot of culinary delights. Here's a closer look at how BBQ styles vary from region to region!

     

    Southern Comfort: In the South, BBQ is a way of life, deeply rooted in tradition and community. Styles can vary greatly even inside this diverse region! Texas is famous for its beef-centric BBQ, with slow-smoked brisket taking center stage. Meanwhile, Tennessee is known for its dry-rubbed ribs and tangy tomato-based sauces. In the Carolinas, BBQ is slow-cooked over open pits, resulting in tender, smoky meat with a vinegar-based sauce in the east and a mustard-based sauce in the west.

     

    Kansas City Classics: Missouri BBQ is all about bold flavors and hearty portions. Here, you'll find a mix of smoked meats, from tender ribs to crispy burnt ends, slathered in a sweet and tangy molasses-based sauce.

     

    West Coast Flavor: On the West Coast, BBQ gets a fresh and innovative makeover. In California, you'll find a mix of traditional Southern-style BBQ and innovative fusion cuisine. From Santa Maria-style tri-tip to Korean-inspired BBQ tacos, the West Coast offers a diverse array of flavors and cooking styles. On the north side of the coast, the Pacific Northwest embraces a plentiful supply of seafood, with smoked salmon and oysters taking center stage at BBQ gatherings.

     

    Arizona's Southwestern Twist: Last, but absolutely NOT least, Arizona brings its own flavors to the BBQ table, drawing inspiration from its Southwestern roots. In the Grand Canyon State, BBQ takes on a spicy and smoky twist, with influences from Mexican and Native American cuisine. Local favorites include mesquite-smoked meats, spicy rubs infused with chili peppers, and tangy BBQ sauces made with regional ingredients like prickly pear cactus. Want to give it a try? UAT students on campus have easy access to these rich and diverse offerings of the Southwest!

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    Brook Cayce Award Winner Xenia Denoyer: A Profile in Excellence


    Xenia Denoyer, a Kansas City, Missouri native and devoted Kansas City Chiefs fan, has been awarded the prestigious Brook Cayce Award at the University of Advancing Technology (UAT). Pursuing a degree in Advancing Computer Science,...

    Xenia Denoyer, a Kansas City, Missouri native and devoted Kansas City Chiefs fan, has been awarded the prestigious Brook Cayce Award at the University of Advancing Technology (UAT). Pursuing a degree in Advancing Computer Science, Denoyer's passion for technology is matched only by her love for dogs, with three beloved puppies waiting for her back home. In her leisure time, she enjoys playing video games, reading, and running Dungeons and Dragons campaigns.

    Receiving the Brook Cayce Award holds significant meaning for Denoyer. She expressed her deep gratitude and honor, stating, "It means a lot to have been awarded the Brook Cayce Award. I am honestly at such a loss of words; this award has a lot of meaning to it, and to be awarded it makes me feel incredibly honored."

    Denoyer has been actively involved in campus life at UAT, serving as a Student Ambassador. In this role, she provided tours to prospective students and assisted with events such as open houses. Though she will be graduating this upcoming May, Denoyer plans to stay connected with the UAT community through occasional visits.

    Among the many influential figures at UAT, Denoyer highlighted Professor Perrine as a particularly impactful mentor. "Professor Perrine was a great professor and subject matter expert to have while attending UAT, always willing to help and give feedback when needed, especially during the development of Home Brew," she recalled. Their shared interests in video games like Persona 3 and Baldur's Gate 3 fostered engaging conversations, and Perrine's role as her eSports coach for the Overwatch Varsity team was instrumental in her growth. "It was my first time participating in eSports, and Perrine was extremely helpful and encouraging as I got used to working in a team setting. Thank you for everything, professor!"

    Denoyer's most memorable moment at UAT was presenting her Student Innovation Project (SIP), Home Brew. She vividly remembered the anxiety before presenting, which transformed into confidence and excitement once she took the stage. "I'll never forget the sudden confidence and excitement I had to present my SIP. It was such an incredible moment as I got to demonstrate everything I had learned up until that point. SIP was such a wonderful experience for me, and I enjoyed every moment of it."

    Looking ahead, Denoyer plans to pursue a career as a front-end developer. She is committed to continuous learning and is considering returning to UAT for her Master's degree in the future. As she prepares to embark on the next chapter of her journey, Denoyer's achievements and contributions at UAT will undoubtedly leave a lasting legacy.

    Learn more about how Student Innovation Projects contribute to career readiness, here.

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    Unveiling Spring 2024's Student Innovation Projects in Software Engineering


    In the dynamic halls of the University of Advancing Technology (UAT), the Spring 2024 semester witnessed a wave of inventive projects from students immersed in the software engineering realm. Among these pioneering endeavors, the Student...

    In the dynamic halls of the University of Advancing Technology (UAT), the Spring 2024 semester witnessed a wave of inventive projects from students immersed in the software engineering realm. Among these pioneering endeavors, the Student Innovation Projects (SIP) shone brightly, reflecting the innovative spirit that defines the institution's culture.

    Portal Ops

    Student: John Kidd

    Major: Advancing Computer Science

    At the forefront of innovation stands John Kidd, an Advancing Computer Science major, whose project "Portal Ops" promises to redefine our digital interactions. With a fusion of technical expertise and imaginative flair, Kidd's creation introduces a world where virtual portals seamlessly integrate into our daily lives. "Portal Ops" holds the potential to revolutionize communication, collaboration, and exploration in the digital landscape.

    Project Delta

    Student: Antione Darville

    Major: Artificial Intelligence

    Antione Darville emerges as a trailblazer in the field of Artificial Intelligence with his project "Project Delta." Delving into the depths of AI technology, Darville's creation represents a monumental leap forward. Through meticulous research and innovative algorithms, "Project Delta" showcases an AI system capable of adaptive evolution, paving the way for smarter, more responsive technologies that adapt to their environment.

    WhimsiTale

    Student: Rachael Savage

    Major: Artificial Intelligence

    Rachael Savage invites us into a whimsical world of storytelling and AI with her project "WhimsiTale." With a blend of creativity and technical prowess, Savage crafts an interactive narrative experience where AI-driven characters lead users on fantastical adventures. "WhimsiTale" not only showcases the capabilities of AI but also demonstrates its potential to enhance storytelling and immersive experiences.

    AI Fit Fusion

    Student: Robert Solis

    Major: Artificial Intelligence

    Robert Solis ventures into the realm of fitness and wellness with his project "AI Fit Fusion." Leveraging the power of AI, Solis aims to revolutionize the fitness industry by offering personalized workout routines and nutritional plans tailored to individual needs. With "AI Fit Fusion," Solis seeks to empower users to achieve their fitness goals efficiently and effectively, showcasing the transformative potential of AI in everyday life.

    These projects, born from the creative minds of UAT students, epitomize the university's dedication to fostering innovation and pushing technological boundaries. As graduates like John Kidd, Antione Darville, Rachael Savage, and Robert Solis transition into the workforce, they carry with them not just a degree, but a legacy of creativity, ingenuity, and a relentless pursuit of excellence. Their SIPs stand as testaments to their talent and commitment, laying the groundwork for a future where technology knows no bounds.

    Learn more about how Student Innovation Projects contribute to career readiness, here.

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    Celebrating National Higher Education Day: The Journey and Vision of the University of Advancing Technology


    On National Higher Education Day, the University of Advancing Technology (UAT) proudly reflects on its storied history, the critical importance of higher education, and its unique role as one of the nation's...

    On National Higher Education Day, the University of Advancing Technology (UAT) proudly reflects on its storied history, the critical importance of higher education, and its unique role as one of the nation's premier 100% STEM universities.

    The Evolution of UAT

    Founded in 1983 by Dominic and Ann Pistillo, UAT began as the CAD Institute, focusing on computer-aided design and engineering. In a small classroom in Tempe, Arizona, with just ten students, the Pistillos recognized the transformative potential of emerging technologies. Their vision was to create an institution that would evolve alongside technological advancements, a goal they pursued by expanding their curriculum and ultimately achieving university status.

    By 1990, UAT had developed its first bachelor's degree program, which included groundbreaking projects in virtual reality. The establishment of the Computer Reality Center in 1992 underscored the university's commitment to applied research and technological innovation. Accreditation in 1992 marked UAT's transition from a certificate-granting institution to an accredited university offering associate and bachelor's degrees. This evolution was further signified by a name change in 1997 to the University of Advancing Computer Technology, and finally, in 2002, to the University of Advancing Technology to encompass the broad spectrum of its offerings.

    Importance of Higher Education

    Higher education serves as the foundation for personal and professional growth, fostering critical thinking, innovation, and leadership. At UAT, the importance of higher education is amplified by a specialized focus on advancing technology. In a rapidly evolving digital age, higher education institutions like UAT play a pivotal role in preparing students to tackle complex technological challenges and drive future innovations.

    UAT's commitment to higher education extends beyond traditional learning. This ensures that graduates are not only well-versed in current technologies but are also prepared to lead and innovate in their respective fields.

    A 100% STEM University

    As one of the few 100% STEM-based universities in the nation, UAT stands out for its dedication to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. This exclusive focus allows UAT to provide an education that is both deep and broad, covering emerging fields such as Digital Arts, Cyber Security, Software Engineering, and Game Studies. The integration of artistic and programming elements in the curriculum has positioned UAT as a leader in technology education, often ahead of other institutions.

    The university's technology-infused campus in Tempe is a hub for technophiles, fostering a community where students can immerse themselves in a culture of innovation. The urban campus is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, including computer labs, program studios, the security operations center and collaborative workspaces, all designed to support the unique needs of a technology-focused education.

    Mission and Vision

    UAT's mission is to educate students in advancing technology who innovate for our future. This mission drives every aspect of the university's operations, from curriculum development to student support services. UAT strives to foster knowledge creation and achieve academic excellence, ensuring that students are prepared to become top technology executives, master programmers, cyber warriors, forensic sleuths, robotic engineers, interactive filmmakers, and game innovators.

    The university's vision is to lead higher education by re-imagining the future of learning, intellectual property, and talent cultivation to accelerate Arizona and national tech-entrepreneurship. This vision reflects UAT's commitment to not only keeping pace with technological advancements but also shaping the future of the industry through innovative educational practices.

    Conclusion

    On this National Higher Education Day, the University of Advancing Technology celebrates its rich history and ongoing commitment to fostering innovation and excellence in technology education. From its humble beginnings to becoming a pioneering force in STEM education, UAT continues to cultivate future innovators who are equipped to make significant contributions to the technological landscape. The university's mission and vision are testaments to its dedication to advancing technology and supporting the next generation of leaders and innovators.

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    Student Innovation Projects for the Spring 2024 Semester in Digital Arts


    In the Spring 2024 Student Innovation Project Showcase, students in the Digital Arts degree family at the University of Advancing Technology (UAT) revealed their remarkable talent and creativity through their Student Innovation Projects...

    In the Spring 2024 Student Innovation Project Showcase, students in the Digital Arts degree family at the University of Advancing Technology (UAT) revealed their remarkable talent and creativity through their Student Innovation Projects (SIPs). These projects, akin to a master’s thesis, are not only a testament to the students' hard work and innovation but also serve as standout portfolio pieces that will aid them in their professional journeys post-graduation. This semester's SIPs highlight the inventive spirit across the Advertising Art, Digital Marketing, and Digital Video majors.

    D.R.A.W. by Dallas Parke

    Major: Advertising Art

    Are you tired of endlessly searching the internet for the perfect font, texture, or image for your art project? Introducing DRAW, the Digital Resource Artist Workshop, created by Dallas Park. DRAW is a user-friendly website designed to consolidate all essential resources for artists in one convenient place. Say goodbye to wasted hours and hello to efficient browsing with easy navigation, categorized buttons, and direct links to the best sites for brushes, colors, fonts, and more.

    DRAW stands out by offering a seamless user experience, where every resource has been thoroughly tested and reviewed. With quick access to bullet points and site thumbnails, you can see what each resource offers before visiting. Whether you need a font or a brush, DRAW simplifies the process to just a couple of clicks.

    Foresight Forge by Franklin Sheffield

    Major: Digital Marketing

    Leveraging years of experience in time management, Foresight Forge addresses common challenges like forgetting goals and misprioritizing tasks. It acts as a personal assistant, using data to make intelligent suggestions and reminders. The app is divided into three functional parts, accessible with a swipe: "Past," "Present," and "Future."

    • Past: This section includes achievement boards, burndown charts, and usage tracking, encouraging users to meet recurring goals and providing insights through visual data representations.
    • Present: Featuring a robust digital calendar, this section allows users to organize events with color coordination and a unique "Forest stacking" system for complex scheduling needs. AI-driven suggestions and considerations optimize time management by recommending tasks based on goals and availability.
    • Future: Here, users set and adjust their goals, which the AI uses to make personalized suggestions. The prioritizer grid helps users rank goals by importance, ensuring that time is spent on what matters most.

     

    Film MOODS by Cory Ferguson

    Major: Digital Video

    Cory Ferguson’s project, "Film MOODS," is a website tool that provides accessible color filters and in-depth explanations of color theory. Designed for filmmakers and video editors, Film MOODS allows users to experiment with various color palettes and understand their emotional and psychological impacts on the audience. This tool not only aids in the creative process but also educates users on the fundamental principles of color theory. Ferguson’s work highlights the crucial role of color in storytelling and the importance of accessible tools for creative professionals in the digital video industry.

    Innovation at the Edge

    These projects exemplify the innovative spirit fostered at UAT, where students are encouraged to push the boundaries of technology and creativity. The SIPs developed by Dallas Parke, Franklin Sheffield, and Cory Ferguson are a testament to the high caliber of education and mentorship provided by UAT’s notable faculty. Each project reflects the unique talents and skills of its creator, while also addressing real-world challenges and opportunities within their respective fields.

    The Digital Arts degree family at UAT continues to produce graduates who are not only adept at navigating the ever-evolving landscape of technology but are also poised to become leaders and innovators in their industries. Prospective students and industry professionals are encouraged to delve deeper into the advancing technology degree programs at UAT to witness firsthand the impressive work being created at the forefront of innovation.

    Learn more about how Student Innovation Projects contribute to career readiness, here.

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    Feminspire Project Earns Hope Thoms World Changer Recognition


    Academic Background and Future Plans Hope Thoms, a Game Design major with an associate's degree in Game Programming, has been awarded the prestigious World...

    Academic Background and Future Plans

    Hope Thoms, a Game Design major with an associate's degree in Game Programming, has been awarded the prestigious World Changer Award at the recent Student Innovation Project (SIP) Presentation. Set to graduate in August 2024, Thoms hails from Ridgecrest, California. After graduation, she plans to stay in Arizona for a while, hoping to work for TSA at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. This role is a strategic move for Thoms, providing her with the opportunity to eventually pursue game studio opportunities on the East Coast.

    Significance of the Award

    Winning the World Changer Award is a significant milestone for Thoms. Reflecting on her journey, she shared, "It means a lot to me. When I took the first SIP class, I had no idea what I was going to do and was kind of intimidated by SIP. Now, just two semesters later, I have a project I am incredibly proud of. Winning this award has furthered my plans to pursue this project after graduating, which I had very little intention of doing when I finished the first SIP class."

    Journey to UAT

    Thoms’s path to the University of Advancing Technology (UAT) was serendipitous. After graduating high school in 2020 at the age of 16 with plans to study Marine Biology at the University of California San Diego, her trajectory changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which led to the cancellation of a summer internship at Scripps Aquarium. She found herself working at a restaurant and indulging in her passion for video games. One night, while playing Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey, she realized that she wanted to pursue gaming as a career. After discovering UAT through a Game Informer magazine ad, she applied and received the Innovator Scholarship, which expedited her start date to Spring 2022.

    Memorable Moments and Influences

    During her time at UAT, Thoms has had many memorable moments, the most notable being when she wore a suit of armor in Dr. Daniel Pike's Worldbuilding class. She credits several individuals for their influence and support, including Michele, who helped her enroll, Dr. Pike, who referred her to the honors program, her friends and advisor, Tristen.

    The Feminspire Project

    Thoms’s award-winning SIP project, Feminspire, aims to create a supportive community for women in all STEM fields through a mobile application. The app offers three types of accounts: mentor, mentee, and social, all with access to community features. Mentors and mentees fill out applications and receive recommendations based on their interests, allowing mentees to choose their top mentors and vice versa.

    Future Plans for Feminspire

    Looking ahead, Thoms plans to continue developing Feminspire after graduation. While she is still deciding on the best process, her initial steps will involve creating a company and establishing a social media presence. The SIP process was not without its challenges, as Thoms admits to overcomplicating her project initially. However, with advice from her subject matter experts and Professor Valenzuela, she was able to streamline her vision and bring it to fruition.

    Challenges and Rewards of the SIP Process

    The SIP process presented its own set of challenges for Thoms. "I overcomplicated everything. I was really my own worst enemy when it came to creating it. I wanted to make something really big and great with every possible detail ironed out, but that just wasn’t practical," she confessed. However, once she had her scope in mind and began working on it, things fell into place with guidance from her mentors.

    The most rewarding part of the SIP process for Thoms was receiving positive feedback on her project video. "I didn’t think I would have done that well on my video, but the grade and feedback gave me a lot of confidence and relief. Presenting was the easy part," she said.

    Conclusion

    Hope Thoms’s journey and her project Feminspire exemplify the spirit of innovation and perseverance, making her a deserving recipient of the World Changer Award. Her story is an inspiration to many, showcasing how passion, dedication, and support can lead to remarkable achievements.

    Learn more about how Student Innovation Projects contribute to career readiness, here.

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