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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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    ...and classrooms and labs and commons areas all around UAT! Check out this roundup of cool new tech for our 12 Days of Techmas. We’ve teched our halls with gifts aplenty for UAT students. From new VR helmets to motion capture gloves to 3D printers, it looks like our students made the nice list this year! Now, it may sound like Santa just really prefers...

    ...and classrooms and labs and commons areas all around UAT!

    Check out this roundup of cool new tech for our 12 Days of Techmas. We’ve teched our halls with gifts aplenty for UAT students. From new VR helmets to motion capture gloves to 3D printers, it looks like our students made the nice list this year!

    Now, it may sound like Santa just really prefers our students, but we talked to him about this one, and his logic is pretty good—to learn the latest, you need to have the latest! Our campus is infused with the hottest technology, which is crucial since UAT students spend more time in labs than classrooms. We have labs for robotics, makers fab, digital media, cyber warfare, motion capture, gaming, and new technologies… see for yourself with a virtual tour at https://www.uat.edu/see-technology-college.

    The following is the list of new technology now available on campus, with comments and descriptions from professors and staff as well as links for more information/where to buy. Merry Techmas to all, and to all a good semester!

    Day 1: Formlabs Form 3 3D Printer

    "This is a quality SLA 3D printer. It has a big price tag and really great performance."

    Garren Koller, UAT student of Robotics and Embedded Systems along with Digital Maker and Fabrication

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    Visit https://formlabs.com/3d-printers/form-3/.  

     

    Day 2: Insta360 ONE Camera

    As the Insta360 website says, this mobile action camera puts 'a camera crew in your hand'. Using the Insta360 mobile app, you can shoot and edit action shots like never before! With Insta360's proprietary FlowState stabilization tech on board, even our campus cat Maxwell could even be the start of the show."

    Valerie Cimarossa, Vice President, Marketing & Technology

    Insta360

    Visit https://www.insta360.com/product/insta360-one.

     

    Day 3: Oculus Rift S 

    “The next iteration of the original Oculus Rift, this product line has seen the tech and features of the Oculus HMD offerings expand. Starting with the original helmet and clicker, moving through the addition of handheld controllers, to Rift S with improved controllers and helmet Oculus has been a factor in improving the head mounted VR experience and has driven VR forward providing a Vive vs Oculus competitive playing field.

    Derric Clark, Professor and Game Studies Chair

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    Visit https://www.oculus.com/rift-s.

     

    Day 4: Ultimaker S5 3D Printer 

    "This is a quality FDM 3D printer. It also has a large price tag but for great resolution."

    Garren Koller, UAT student of Robotics and Embedded Systems along with Digital Maker and Fabrication

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    Visit https://ultimaker.com/3d-printers/ultimaker-s5.

     

    Day 5: Ring Light

    A UAT staff favorite, the Elegato Ring Light has multiple light settings and a quick pop-up tripod for easy set up. In addition to the available color temperatures, the tripod can be adjusted from desk top to standing height giving you quite a bit of flexibility for your shoot or stream setup. Plus, when completely broken down, it's surprisingly compact (seriously, our Provost keeps one under his desk)!

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    Visit https://www.elgato.com/en/ring-light.

     

    Day 6: Oculus Quest 2

    This represents a great transitional product into the world of VR. Being able to work with a gaming PC or a smart phone gives the user options as well as introducing them into the world of helmet-based VR technology. The Quest 2 removes a gaming PC cost barrier to entry of VR while still providing a quality HMD experience, and it is WIRELESS!”

    Derric Clark, Professor and Game Studies Chair

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    Visit https://www.oculus.com/quest-2.

     

    Day 7: Black Magic Pocket Cinema Camera

    "Massive features in a tiny device are what drove us to the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera. With dozens of cinematic and photographic and live production features all packed into a pocket-sized device, it's easy to shoot high quality vibrant content on the move...which our students usually are. This camera will be available for checkout from the UAT library in the spring semester!"

    Valerie Cimarossa, Vice President, Marketing & Technology

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    Visit https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/products/blackmagicpocketcinemacamera.

     

    Day 8: Rokoko Gloves

    "Rokoko has released its long-awaited version of hand and finger tracking with their Smartgloves. The ability to capture the motion of a performer's hands and fingers for 3D characters is a significant addition to UAT's investment in thier new motion capture system by Rokoko. The Smartgloves will be paired with the Smartsuits to capture the full range of realistic movement for students to retarget to thier 3D characters. The Rokoko mocap system is a leader among the new systems emerging in today's mocap market that provide an essential learning experience for animators and other creators training for careers such as game development and feature film industries. One of the most remarkable features of the Rokoko system is that it is portable, and has a wireless range of up to 100 meters! The system is not confined to a studio. Go anywhere to capture the motion that is needed!"

    T. Lynn DiGiacomo (Understiller), Professor of Game Art & Animation, Game Production & Management

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    Visit https://www.rokoko.com/products/smartgloves.

     

    Day 9: Logitech C920e Webcam

    "Logitech has a long list of top-rated webcam/web conference technology. This monitor-mounted camera can stream your delightful face at full HD 1080p (720p is also an option if you haven't had your coffee yet). This tiny webcam features five lenses, two microphones and Logitech's proprietary RightLight responsive lighting technology. You can also download Logitech's production tool Capture for a full content creation experience. A mid-range price point means this webcam is out of stock a lot so if you see one, snag one!"

    Valerie Cimarossa, Vice President, Marketing & Technology

    Webcam

    Visit https://www.logitech.com/en-us/products/webcams/c920-pro-hd-webcam.960-000764.html.

     

    Day 10: Sennheiser MB Pro 1 Headset

    "An absolute necessity for UAT's student support staff, you actually won't find these Sennheiser MB Pro 1 headsets in a lab... but we like them enough we included them anyway! Our student services office is a bustling, open workspace where activity is high and volume is higher. Since most of our student support interactions are happening virtually or via phone this year, these noise cancelling headphones ensure that UAT staff and students can hear each other clearly. Plus, since they're bluetooth, it's a whole lot easier to stay 6 feet away from others when you aren't tied to your phone!"

    Valerie Cimarossa, Vice President, Marketing & Technology

    Headset

    Visit https://www.eposaudio.com/en/us/enterprise/products/mb-pro-1-bluetooth-headset-506041.

     

    Day 11: FlashForge & Monoprice Voxel 3D Printer

    "These are lower end FDM 3D printers great for beginners and hobbyists and are low in price."

    Garren Koller, UAT student of Robotics and Embedded Systems along with Digital Maker and Fabrication

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    Visit https://www.monoprice.com/product?p_id=33820.

     

    Day 12: Nvidia Jetson Nano Dev Kit

    "NVIDIA has made some impressive advancements this year in tech. The Jetson Nano Developer kit is the perfect starting point for anyone looking to get into Artificial Intelligence or Robotics. It’s one of the best single-board computers on the market and has a very powerful GPU. NVIDIA’s extensive documentation makes it helpful to start building since it provides an image for a microSD card that makes it easy to boot a version of Ubuntu design specifically for the Jetson Nano."

    Jacy Smith, Business Development Specialist at Perimeter83 on the campus of UAT

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    Visit https://developer.nvidia.com/embedded/jetson-nano-developer-kit

     


     

    What tech items are on your wish list? Share your favorite new tech items and what you'd like to use those tools to create. Here's to an exciting an innovative new year!

     

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    Endings Bring New Beginnings


      Today I picked up my son’s belongings from his elementary school. I couldn’t go in, and I couldn’t take him to say farewell to anyone. Instead, I brought him home a yearbook of friends he hasn’t seen since March, as well as folders of “work in progress” from two months ago—I didn’t even know he had started working on cursive!   To be...

     

    Today I picked up my son’s belongings from his elementary school. I couldn’t go in, and I couldn’t take him to say farewell to anyone. Instead, I brought him home a yearbook of friends he hasn’t seen since March, as well as folders of “work in progress” from two months ago—I didn’t even know he had started working on cursive!

     

    To be frank—this situation sucks.

     

    But it could be worse. My son could be one of the many students graduating this year without any pomp or circumstance. I got a taste what that would be like when I attended a drive through graduation celebration in my neighborhood last week. Although it was a joy to witness the decorated cars as they passed by, there was still a sadness in the parents who watched, having recently viewing their hard-working teens graduate by video rather than cheering them on as they walked the stage and into their future.

     

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    And for those that graduated college this way? I cannot even imagine. Years of work and late nights should be celebrated with as much noise as possible. A degree is no small feat, and fortunately for our students, we will still be celebrating them this September—in person—at the Scottsdale Center for the Arts.

     

    And now, more good news is here! Our re-opening plan has begun. In fact, students can expect to see some on-campus classes resume in person as early as June 15, 2020.

     

    It is our intent that, barring any change in directives by health authorities, we’re planning for on-campus classes and services to have resumed by the start of our fall semester, September 7, 2020. But until then, all on-campus courses will retain a virtual component so students who are unable to or don’t feel safe returning to campus early, can choose to continue attending virtually without any interruption to their summer semester.

     

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    For now, we asked some our own UAT parents how the end of the school year turned out for them and their children. Here’s what they had to say:

     

    Brandi Beals, Dean of Students and Academic Operations

     

    The end of the school year has been rather monotonous for all of my girls. There were no classroom celebrations, even none virtually for them to participate in. Their end of year projects and presentations were just videos compiled into one large video by the instructors rather than live presentations to showcase their skills and accomplishments. They missed out on looking at their yearbooks with each other—laughing, joking, and reminiscing on the school year is far different virtually than in person. 

     

    My 17-year-old says that her communication with her instructors improved in the remote facilitation because she did not have her friends or other classmates competing for 1:1 time with the teacher. It was easier to send an email or request a MS Teams meeting and clarity on items in a more efficient manner because other distractions were removed. She is anxious for fall when school resumes and hopes that she will not have to start her senior year in a remote facilitation. Her summer internship has been negatively altered so she is nervous for what the future holds as she embarks on one of the most important years of her school life. 

     

    Fortunately, my 13-year-old is an introvert and says that while the end of the year was rather uneventful, she was able to stay more focused and could handle the stress of her work load a lot better at home. She says her stress levels were much more manageable. 

     

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    Brandi and her daughters

     

    Erin Eichhorst, UAT Enrollment Advisor

     

    My son's end of year wasn't too bad. Our teachers had live sessions every day, so he still had the chance to see his friends and work in a team environment. The assignments were pretty manageable and there were recorded lectures we could watch. My son learned a lot about time management and being self-sufficient. He also learned more about being accountable and managing his responsibilities. The downside was the lack of social interaction. Although he could see and talk to his friends, it wasn't the same as celebrating as they leave the 6th grade. The best part of this experience was when all three of his teachers showed up at our door yesterday to say goodbye. (They did this for every student in their classes.) It was very thoughtful and bittersweet but also gave my son the chance to thank them and tell them what an impact they made on him this year. 

     

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    Erin's son and his teachers

     

    Tyler Walling, Client Systems Admin

     

    School wraps up this week for my kids, and it's been really just busy work for them the last three days with less virtual meetings than previously. Both boys started to really adjust to school from home three weeks into it all. The stress seemed to be better as they FINALLY acclimated to the situation. According to both of my kids’ teachers, very few students are participating anymore so the end of the school yeah is rather anti-climatic. We're going to try and do a celebration for both being promoted to the next grade with family members viewing online. My littlest was pretty bummed not to get a kindergarten graduation as he remembers his brother's.  

     

    EndofYear_Tyler

    Tyler's boys

     

    In my own home, we only have one child, and that has proved to make things pretty lonely for him. My son was new to his school and doesn’t know many people yet, so the drastic change to home was even harder. We take it day by day, and sometimes simply hour by hour. Fortunately, we’ve had a lot of support from UAT, and my son’s teacher has gone above and beyond, holding Zoom meetings regularly that combined learning and fun—one day was even devoted to playing Jeopardy! School has ended now, and that presents new challenges to keep him busy while we continue to work from home. But every day we remind him that we’re still healthy, with beautiful Arizona giving us plenty to enjoy daily, and that’s something to celebrate.

     

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    Lisha's son Josh

     

    So to our students and parents feeling the strain, we’re all feeling it too! There’s no point in denying that, but the good news, there’s STILL GOOD NEWS. We’re proud of all of you who’ve stuck it out, and for those that needed a break—we understand. We cannot wait to see your faces on campus again and tell you how proud we are. Until then, here are some things we’ve put together.

     

    Check out these words of advice from our wonderful professors:

     

     

     

    And our graduation flip book:

     

     

    Parents—thanks to you stepping in and doing more than you ever imagined for your high school and college aged children. Students—thanks for your continued perseverance and ability to roll with the punches. Over the next few weeks, we will continue to provide updates regarding specific details, and plans regarding the safety and sanitation precautions UAT is taking. We anticipate seeing you get started on new and exciting projects, plus checking out what you’ve done from home. There’s a lot to look forward to at UAT!

     

    See you soon.

     

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    Mark Tank: UAT Future Entrepreneurs Compete in a Sink-Or-Swim Competition


    Dr. Mark Smith, Professor and Program Champion of Business Technology, has been throwing UAT students to the sharks for 4 years through his “Mark Tank” program. Held at the end of each semester and upon completion of the Business 200 course, students are mostly competing for entrepreneurial bragging...

    Dr. Mark Smith, Professor and Program Champion of Business Technology, has been throwing UAT students to the sharks for 4 years through his “Mark Tank” program. Held at the end of each semester and upon completion of the Business 200 course, students are mostly competing for entrepreneurial bragging rights, but those presenting also get exposure to area professionals who judge the competition—and the people that choose who swims away a winner.

     

     

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    The audience and judges listen to the student presentations during Mark Tank. 

     

    We talked to Dr. Smith about the competition and the winners from December.

     

    Dr. Smith, please describe the purpose of your program and its goal.

     

    Dr. Smith: "Mark Tank" is a UAT's version of Shark Tank where students pitch their hypothetical business ideas to a panel of real-world entrepreneurs, business owners and potential investors. The goal is for the students is to see who can give the best pitch, be the most prepared and sway the panel to want to invest in them.

     

    How did the unique award statue come about?

     

    Dr. Smith: The award was originally a shark trophy, but when the event gained the name “Mark Tank,” a student had the idea of using me as the model of the trophy to be a more muscular version of the “Oscars” statue. So, we did the 3D scan and 3D printed them to create the busts that we have now. They have gotten larger over the semesters and look better as we get better with the printing.

     

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    Mark Tank Award statues for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. 

     

    Do you take it easy on them, or would you say you and the judges strong arm them, like they may experience in real life?

     

    Dr. Smith: They definitely strong arm them, but give insight and guidance after the criticism.

     

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    Dr. Smith questions a presenter while judge Ephrem Jando (Associate Broker at Platinum Living Realty and a Real Estate Investor), UAT Professor Natasha Vita-More, and judge Jacy Smith (UAT Business Development Specialist) listen to the answer.

     

    How did you feel about the fall presentations?

     

    Dr. Smith: I was very happy with the presentations and the preparedness of the students. These students were from three different BUS200 classes, which is the course this event is tied to. They held their own, answered tough questions and took the criticisms well under pressure.

     

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    Jake Fusco presents his idea, Ampytheatre, to the audience and judges. 

     

    Four projects were entered, but only one was deemed the winner. The following are the results of the fall competition.

     

    Gold Mark Tank Award Winner

    Project: Ace of Spades (entertainment and bar), presented by Christopher Hernke 

    The project pitch is for a poker-themed bar and restaurant. The main selling point was a POS system built off of hard plastic playing cards that would track the tabs of the customers. The establishment could set limits to prevent overindulgence from patrons, who could order from and pay from POS kiosk systems with these individually linked cards. 

     

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    L to R: Dr. Smith, Christopher Hernke, and Valeria Cimarossa, Christopher's Business 200 Instructor. 

     

    Silver Mark Tank Award Winner

    Project: Demeter’s Watch, presented by Marissa Williams

    The project is an idea for a home gardening sensor that would be attached to an application that would track an owner’s plants and notify them when they needed water, soil, sunlight, etc.

     

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    L to R: Dr. Smith, Marissa Williams, and Dapzury Valenzuela, Marissa's Business 200 Instructor. 

     

    Bronze Mark Tank Award Winner

    Project: Eyes Breaker, presented by Marc Benson

    This project is a social interaction application that would allow introverted individuals to find other people close in proximity (that are also introverts) to converse with. The app would prompt users with shared interests between and give suggestions of how to "break the ice" and start a conversation. 

     

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    L to R: Dr. Smith, Marc Benson, and Natasha Vita-More, Marc's Business 200 Professor. 

     

    Congrats, and a job well done to all students who participated!

     

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    The judges and winners, l to r: judge Jacy Smith, Christopher Hernke, Marissa Williams, Marc Benson, judge Brittany Cunningham (head of learning development for Learn with IntraEdge), judge Ephrem Jando, Dr. Smith, and judge Robert Walker (UAT Assistant Director of Admissions). 

     

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    UAT Launches Certificate Programs in Cyber Security & Computer Science Programming


    New Career Advancing Opportunities for Cyber Security and IT Professionals     University of Advancing Technology (UAT) now offers the option to earn a professional certificate in technology-centric disciplines. These certificate options derived from the reality that local business is starved of technology talent and as such find themselves...

    New Career Advancing Opportunities for Cyber Security and IT Professionals

     

     

    University of Advancing Technology (UAT) now offers the option to earn a professional certificate in technology-centric disciplines. These certificate options derived from the reality that local business is starved of technology talent and as such find themselves having a difficult time scaling for growth. As a long time partner meeting the needs of business demands, UAT is seeking to impact sector growth head-on. These certificate options afford business owners and executives the ability to grow their company while offering employees seeking career advancement opportunities an affordable option to add professional development to their resume.

    Cyber-Security-Cave-at-University-of-Advancing-Technology-5The Cybersecurity Cave on campus. 

     

    UAT President Jason Pistillo said, “UAT understands that a company’s growth can be stifled due to lack of tech talent. In order to be part of the solution, UAT wants to help businesses reach their full potential by nurturing the current technology workforce and by providing the skills employees in tech need to further their careers. Educating and developing existing staff saves employers time and money by offering their employees a new skillset to take their company to the next level.”

     

     

    Chief Executive Officer and Chief Technology Officer of Security Horizon, Russ Rogers said, “The potential for an organization to succeed, and even excel, at meeting its goals is becoming much more dependent on the people within the organization who best understand current technologies. Without this understanding, the organization may be lacking the critical technological advantages needed to perform at the highest level, and may be putting their most valuable assets at risk of compromise.”

     

     

    UAT’s initial roll out includes options for cyber defense and for software development. Both options offer an intensive courseware for business owners to offer their technology staff in order to learn the most up-to-date information and techniques.

     

     

    These comprehensive Certificate Programs offer many benefits to business owners and employees, such as flexible schedules – evening, online and hybrid classes are available to accommodate the working professional, a hands-on and skills-oriented classroom environment taught by industry professionals, and access to all campus resources and technology. Certificate credits earned can be applied to a graduate degree, upon completion of three courses; certificate credits can transfer towards a master’s degree.

     

     

    UAT has partnered with Arizona Bank and Trust, who have agreed to assist startup companies by providing funding and financing for a grant to enroll tech employees in the certificate program. For large companies, employers have the ability to request a customized curriculum in an effort to address specific, more tailored needs.

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    5 Takeaways from Our First Stratospheric Balloon Launch


    A team of UAT students spent the summer designing a self-funded stratospheric balloon program to gather scientific data, test and demonstrate new technology and inspire the next generation of space explorers. Under the direction of former NASA program manager Nathan Eskue, students...

    A team of UAT students spent the summer designing a self-funded stratospheric balloon program to gather scientific data, test and demonstrate new technology and inspire the next generation of space explorers.

    Under the direction of former NASA program manager Nathan Eskue, students built, launched (and recovered!) a stratospheric balloon. Some things went right. Some did not.

    UAT students and faculty share their top 5 takeaways:

     

    1. Define your vision.

    But make sure it is digestible. “If the group is unified in the end goal that they’re trying to solve, many communication issues are prevented because the team understands the big picture problem,” Nathan said. Identify internal and external stakeholders early on, share wins and losses and proactively seek out feedback.

     

    1. Know your audience.

    Students learned quickly that pitching to professional groups and local companies is not the same as pitching to K-12 partners. Both have limited time and resources, but the “Why?” for a middle school science teacher and an aerospace engineer is going to be considerably different.

    Shout out to the Local Motors engineering team for sharing tips on crowdsourcing design!

     

    1. Collaboration is key.

    And Discord makes collaboration easy.

    Professor Eskue suggests that when starting a large, uncertain or risky project, the team should work together collectively to identify a project management process that works for everyone. “It should be as simple as possible, and the team should use it as the main communication tool.” Professor Eskue's team worked in an Agile environment, which helped them increase productivity and improve the rapid prototyping process by emphasizing repeatability and documentation.

    “Collaboration is one of the most vital facets of any tech project. When team members collaborate effectively, the team can proactively identify and resolve problems before they even occur, said Roberto Perry, a U.S. Navy veteran and Robotics & Embedded Systems student at the University of Advancing Technology.

    READ: Demand for Robotics Engineers is Growing, and It Pays Well

     

    1. Diversity adds value.

    The team of UAT students who worked on the stratospheric balloon project includes students from widely different degree programs, including Advancing Computer Science, Business Technology, Digital Maker & Fabrication, Game Programming, Robotics & Embedded Systems and Virtual Reality.

    “Without all of these disciplines working together, this project would not have been able to fly,” said Jill Coddington, UAT advancing computer science program champion and mom joke aficionado. “You are not just a programmer or a robotics technician—you are a team,” Jill added.

     

    1. Fail often.

    “You have to start building prototypes early in the process, accept that they will be far from perfect, learn from them and repeat the cycle as many times as possible before your deadline,” Nathan said.

    When you design new technology from scratch, you encounter problems. For example, the team’s first balloon ended up somewhere in the Superstition Wilderness. For their second attempt, the team developed a GPS-enabled glider that improved the accuracy of the flight path.

    Roberto learned a lot about the capabilities and limitations of different GPS systems, power supply, data transfer, microcontroller circuit design and integration of different devices. But he also learned a lot about failure and teamwork.

    “When you’re creating new technology using custom tech designs and working on a diverse team, you will fail. But you fail as a team, and that failure leads to new discoveries, which eventually lead to success,” Roberto said.

    What's next?

    Our goals for Mission 2 include:

    • Secure funding
    • Establish K-12 partnerships
    • Launch balloon with STEM experiments on board
    • Improve flight predictions
    • Test multiple temperature control solutions
    • Develop proof of concept to transmit command to payload
    • Add sensors to improve flight computer and GPS
    • Enhance Rx/Tx data visualization
    • Increase video capabilities
    • Attend ANSR launch this October

    Want to join the UAT space exploration team? Check out our unique degree programs here.

    Are you with a local company or school that wants to collaborate on the project? Reach out! marketing@uat.edu.

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    5 Tips for Working Adults Going Back to School


    The internet is full of memes that 20-something college kids share when they feel overwhelmed, trying to balance homework, part-time jobs and their social lives. (Totally fair and funny.) Working adults who go back to earn their degrees work all day and often have to...

    The internet is full of memes that 20-something college kids share when they feel overwhelmed, trying to balance homework, part-time jobs and their social lives. (Totally fair and funny.) Working adults who go back to earn their degrees work all day and often have to maintain a household and raise human beings. We compiled our top tips for adults who want to make it happen.

     

    1. Explain what you’re doing and why you’re doing it to your kids.

    Or at least try to. “I have a toddler who doesn’t understand that attending school will be better for our family in the future,” said Jamie Smith, a financial aid advisor and technology forensics student at UAT. Use examples that they can understand, such as comparing you going back to school to your kid doing chores for an entire year to save up for a new bike.

     

    1. Ask for help.

    Make it a team effort. When Kathy Newallis, a logistics and warehouse manager (and my mom), went back to school, she had not taken a math class in more than 10 years. My stepdad helped her get through algebra, quizzed her and edited her papers. I did more dishes. If you don’t have a supportive partner, older children or other family members who can help out, then find a friend or peer whom you can at least vent to.

    Befriend the career services team on day one. Your student and financial aid advisors want to help you too. Meet with a tutor. And remember to communicate with your professors.

     

    1. Create a plan and stick to it.

    Especially with the little ones. “They are going to want to stay up with you and will demand your weekend attention,” Smith said. Here’s how she does it: “I spend time with my family until 8:30 pm on weekdays, and then bath time and bedtime by 9. I work on homework until about 11:30. On the weekends, I do housework first thing to get it out of the way, take my toddler out to the park or somewhere to wear out some energy. Then I work on homework during nap time and again after bedtime.”

     

    1. Make the most of your lunch break.

    Can you claim a quiet place at the office where you can consistently bunker down during lunch to crush out some homework? Everyone knows where they can find Jamie at noon!

     

    1. Get involved. But choose wisely.

    If you just go to class and do the homework, then you’re missing out on some of the best benefits of going to college. Anime club probably isn’t worth your time, but organizations such as ISACA have invaluable resources for students, including networking opportunities, certification prep and access to research and white papers.

    When professionals take the time to come to campus, for a lunch & learn or seminar, they want to connect with, mentor and hire students. These events present excellent opportunities to form relationships with influencers who can help further your career. And a lot of them prefer candidates with real-world work experience. For example, Damian Chung, the Director of Cybersecurity Engineering and Development at Dignity Health, has hired multiple interns who have 20+ years of experience in the military and other industries such as auto and finance. (Then he offered them full-time jobs!)

    Are you ready to advance your career, your life and your family's future by earning a top-notch technology degree? You can find more information on applying to the University of Advancing Technology here.

     

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    VP of Insight Enterprises, Curt Cornum To Speak at UAT


    Curt Cornum, Vice President and Chief Architect of Insight Enterprises shares his knowledge with UAT students in a special speaking engagement on Monday, Dec. 4. Cornum plans to speak on the topic, "Creating Real-time Business Solutions in the Age of Innovation," which will broadly discuss the waves of innovative technologies are rolling in faster than ever before....

    Curt Cornum, Vice President and Chief Architect of Insight Enterprises shares his knowledge with UAT students in a special speaking engagement on Monday, Dec. 4.

    Cornum plans to speak on the topic, "Creating Real-time Business Solutions in the Age of Innovation," which will broadly discuss the waves of innovative technologies are rolling in faster than ever before.

    This session will also examine aspects of these waves and share how several companies are responding with platform-based solutions that optimize operations while also creating new revenue streams.

    Please join Curt Cornum and UAT students, faculty and staff for this special event!

    Who: Guest Speaker Curt Cornum, VP and Chief Architect of Insight
    What: Topic "Creating Real-time Business Solutions in the Age of Innovation"
    When: Monday, Dec. 4, 3:30 p.m.
    Where: UAT Theater

    We are looking forward to your talk, Curt!

    Please RSVP to this engagement on Eventbrite here.

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    UAT Foundation and Warriors Heart Foundations Partner for Veterans Day Open House and Silent Auction


    UAT Hosts Silent Auction and Military Centric-Open House in Appreciation of Veterans Day UAT Foundation and Warriors Heart Foundation are thrilled to host a Veterans Day Open House and Silent Auction Fundraiser on Thursday, Nov. 9, from 6-9 p.m., at UAT’s Tempe campus. The UAT...

    UAT Hosts Silent Auction and Military Centric-Open House in Appreciation of Veterans Day

    UAT Foundation and Warriors Heart Foundation are thrilled to host a Veterans Day Open House and Silent Auction Fundraiser on Thursday, Nov. 9, from 6-9 p.m., at UAT’s Tempe campus.

    The UAT Foundation invites active military, reservists, veterans, and first responders to the Veterans Day Open House and Silent Auction to celebrate our military locally and to learn more about cyber security. As a military-friendly school, UAT is excited to host a military-centric open house and information session for military personal interested in technology education.

    This open house will offer prospective military students the opportunity to learn about our unique degree programs, tour our technology-infused campus, connect with faculty, learn about scholarships/financial aid, and meet with campus staff.

    The service, dedication and sacrifices made by the men and women serving in the United States military are recognized by UAT. Whether you are on active duty, are a reservist or are a veteran, UAT has a variety of program offerings, learning delivery options and financial aid opportunities that will allow you to achieve your educational goals.

    The UAT Foundation is a scholarship foundation that seeks to locate and deliberately nurture individuals whose talents will make the world stronger through the creation of technology, ethically applied in society. Through scholarships designed to foster the learning of UAT students, the UAT Foundation exists to support the next generation of the change agents our world needs.

    The Warriors Heart Foundation seeks to assist military, veterans and first responders in accessing PTSD, alcohol and chemical dependency treatment at Warriors Heart with a mission to provide treatment for those who put their lives on the line for our safety. The WH Foundation works tirelessly to assist those who put their lives on the line for us every day in their time of greatest need.

    Your generous contribution will assist the UAT Foundation and the Warriors Heart Foundation in raising the funding that is critical to supporting our veterans and first responders into the next stage of their lives. Because both Foundations are 501(c)3 organizations, all donations are tax deductible.

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    Veterans Day Celebration at UAT


    Join UAT Foundation and Warriors Heart in acknowledging Veterans Appreciation Day! We know that active military, veterans, and first responders have a thirst to learn about technology. This year, UAT is excited to host a Veterans Day Open House and Silent Auction Fundraiser on Thursday, Nov....

    Join UAT Foundation and Warriors Heart in acknowledging Veterans Appreciation Day!

    We know that active military, veterans, and first responders have a thirst to learn about technology.

    This year, UAT is excited to host a Veterans Day Open House and Silent Auction Fundraiser on Thursday, Nov. 9, in an equal partnership formed between the UAT Foundation and Warriors Heart Foundation.

    We invite any active military, veterans, and first responders to the Veterans Day Open House to celebrate our military locally and to learn more about cyber security. As a military-friendly school, UAT is excited to host a military-centric open house and information session for military personal interested in technology education.

    This open house will offer prospective military students the opportunity to learn about our unique degree programs, tour our technology-infused campus, connect with faculty, learn about scholarships/financial aid, and meet with campus staff to see if UAT is a good fit for your future.

    The service, dedication and sacrifices made by the men and women serving our nation in the United States military are recognized by University of Advancing Technology. Whether you are on active duty, are a reservist or are a veteran, UAT has a variety of program offerings, learning delivery options and financial aid opportunities that will allow you to achieve your educational goals in a way that meets your needs.

    Whether you are seeking to advance in a civilian career, complement your military skills or pursue a fresh path in advancing technology, UAT is committed to your success.

    UAT maintains ongoing relationships with several U.S. government organizations as a Center of Academic Excellence as designated by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security

    • UAT is a member of the Arizona Veterans Association
    • UAT is proud of its designation as a Military Friendly School
    • GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon approved
    • UAT has dedicated staff and resources that will allow you to work through the application, admissions and enrollment processes, as well as help you find available funding for your education

    Learn more about UAT's Military Friendly School designation: http://www.uat.edu/military

    The UAT Foundation is a scholarship foundation that seeks to locate and deliberately nurture individuals whose talents will make the world stronger through the creation of technology, ethically applied in society. Through scholarships designed to foster the learning of UAT students, the UAT Foundation exists to support the next generation of the change agents our world needs.

    The Warriors Heart Foundation seeks to assist military, veterans and first responders in accessing PTSD, alcohol and chemical dependency treatment at Warriors Heart with a mission to provide treatment for those who put their lives on the line for our safety. The WH Foundation works tirelessly to assist those who put their lives on the line for us every day in their time of greatest need.

    Your generous contribution will assist the University of Advancing Technology Foundation and the Warriors Heart Foundation in raising and award the funding that is critical to supporting our veterans and first responders into the next stage of their lives. Because both Foundations are 501(c)3 organizations, all donations are tax deductible.

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    UAT Partners with East Valley Institute of Technology (EVIT) To Offer 2-Year Cyber Security Program


    UAT Faculty to Teach EVIT’s Cyber Security Courses for College Credit UAT recognizes the deficit of skilled workers entering STEM careers and is proud to announce a partnership to kick off this fall with East Valley Institute of Technology (EVIT), a local technology institute for...

    UAT Faculty to Teach EVIT’s Cyber Security Courses for College Credit

    UAT recognizes the deficit of skilled workers entering STEM careers and is proud to announce a partnership to kick off this fall with East Valley Institute of Technology (EVIT), a local technology institute for high school students.

    The EVIT partnership will offer a new High School Cyber Security Program under the guidance of UAT Cyber Security Program Champion, Dr. Greg Miles, who will provide the curriculum and support in the training of EVIT Faculty. EVIT students who successfully complete the High School Cyber Security Program will earn 12 college credits toward UAT’s Network Security program.

    UAT is serious about making a difference in Arizona and recently have made an impact in the community by hosting STEM workshops for local Boy and Girl Scout groups, Startup AZ Code Day as well as the Chief Science Officer (CSO) training sessions and now in offering the new EVIT partnership to high school students interested in Cyber Security.

    “There’s a huge gap of students enrolled in STEM classes in the K-12 age group at the national level. The sooner these students are exposed to technology, the more likely they are to continue learning and engaging with tech-related clubs, activities, classes and careers. Events and partnerships like this inspire young students to see themselves working in tech fields well into the future” said UAT President Jason Pistillo.

    President Pistillo is also a recipient of EVIT’s biggest community honor, the Sam and Olga Bender Award, for UAT’s contribution and support of EVIT over the last decade.

    Jason Pistillo with Sam and Olga Bender award Jason Pistillo with Sam and Olga Bender award

    UAT Provost Dr. David Bolman said, “With a cyber curriculum that launched in the 1990's, UAT was the nation's first accredited higher education institution to offer information and network security degree programs. The thousands of graduates from UAT's cyber programs provide leadership and shape how information and transactions are secured within every sector of the U.S.”

    UAT is an advocate in STEM, making this collaboration a perfect partnership opportunity in the Phoenix community.

    Encouraging youngsters to explore STEM skills and careers is critical to the development of our workforce.

     

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    UAT to Host College Prep “G33K” Summer Camp for Young Adults with Autism


    Summer Tech Camp Offers Weeklong College Experience to Teens with Autism University of Advancing Technology (UAT) is proud to partner with Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC) and New Way Academy to host the G33K College Prep Summer Camp, the only program of its kind created specifically for young adults with autism spectrum...

    Summer Tech Camp Offers Weeklong College Experience to Teens with Autism

    University of Advancing Technology (UAT) is proud to partner with Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC) and New Way Academy to host the G33K College Prep Summer Camp, the only program of its kind created specifically for young adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to take place the week of July 23 - 29, at University of Advancing Technology’s Tempe campus.

    Many individuals on the spectrum love computers and possess a skill set well-suited for a career in technology or engineering. Without this camp, there are dozens of young adults who may think that attending college is out of their reach. Because of UAT’s focus on culture and socialization, camp participants are more likely to feel at home.

    "The UAT Tech Camp offers a perfectly inclusive and naturalistic learning environment. Every aspect of the campers' day provides an opportunity to try a different skill needed for college life and for assimilation into the workforce in the future. UAT’s atmosphere is ideal for this program because their faculty and staff have the experience and training to responsibly and effectively nurture our students," said Brad Herron-Valenzuela, Transition Academy Instructor at SARRC.

    New Way Academy

    During this weeklong camp, SARRC and New Way Academy camp participants will have the opportunity to complete the college admissions process, reside in Founder’s Hall dormitory, attend classes, collaborate in teams, use new technology, complete a group project, eat meals at the university café and take part in student life activities.

    The G33K College Prep Summer Camp accepts 10 participants, ranging in age from 16 to 26. The participants fall into three categories: those who are looking to go on to college, those with some college experience and may plan to enroll in the future and those who have never attended college and may lack the confidence to participate in the college experience.

    “We look forward to our fourth year of partnering with UAT and welcome our new community partner, New Way Learning Academy. With elements that touch on all aspects of the college experience, our participants are given an inclusive and impactful opportunity to try out college. The results of these experiences can guide and shape future post-secondary academic endeavors,” said Paige Raetz, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Transition Academy Director at SARRC.

    Participants gain a deeper understanding of all the skills needed for a successful college experience: admissions, academics, extra-curricular activities, life skills and social gatherings with other college students.

    SARRC Camp with Dave Bolman SARRC Camp with Dave Bolman

    “Without an opportunity to learn how to navigate the college experience, these young adults may find creative STEM jobs to be out of their reach. This is why I am so excited about UAT partnership with SARRC. We are great at mentoring and growing individuals in a tech space. Because of UAT’s approach, camp participants are more likely to feel at home in college settings and ready to take that next step in their lives, pursuing a degree and finding a career that fills a genuine economic need,” said UAT Provost Dr. David Bolman.

    At the conclusion of the program, camp participants will celebrate their achievements with family members during a graduation and group project presentation ceremony. After the camp, participants will be offered an online class that they can take on an open entry and exit basis to practice their college skills. Participants who complete the course will then receive college credit.

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    Technology Futurist, Jamais Cascio, Named As An Honorary Doctorate from UAT


    World renowned thinker and speaker of technology futurism to accept UAT Honorary Doctorate Degree at Commencement University of Advancing Technology (UAT) is honored to announce that Jamais Cascio, known for his insightful and provocative ideas in the realm of technology futurism, will accept one of this year's Honorary Doctorate Degrees, to be awarded at...

    World renowned thinker and speaker of technology futurism to accept UAT Honorary Doctorate Degree at Commencement

    University of Advancing Technology (UAT) is honored to announce that Jamais Cascio, known for his insightful and provocative ideas in the realm of technology futurism, will accept one of this year's Honorary Doctorate Degrees, to be awarded at UAT's Commencement ceremony on Friday, May 5, 2017, at the Mesa Arts Center.

    Cascio's passions coincide with UAT's interests in emerging technologies and some of his more profound work lies in environmental dilemmas and cultural transformation. Cascio specializes in the design and creation of plausible future scenarios. His work focuses on the importance of long-term, systemic thinking, emphasizing the power of openness, transparency and flexibility as catalysts for building a more resilient society.

    Cascio speaks about future possibilities around the world, running in the same circles as UAT Professor Natasha Vita-More, who has worked with Cascio in her studies of futurism and holds his opinions in high regard.

    Jamais Cascio Jamais Cascio, 2017 UAT Honorary Doctorate recipient

    Professor Vita-More said, "Jamais Cascio is a provocative futurist who thinks big, and thinks broad. Being listed as one of the "Top 100 Global :DThinkers" by Foreign Policy Magazine in 2009, he navigates through surprising and unsettling pathways of technological and cultural change. Cascio's ability to mitigate techno-challenges is in keeping with UAT's mission to educate and innovate for the future. His unique background aligns with UAT's values through applied strategic analysis."

    As an honorary doctorate for UAT's graduating Class of 2017, Cascio shares a few words of wisdom for UAT graduates.

    "The technologies and tools we make are as much artifacts of our culture as artifacts of our science. What a technology means -- its social utility, its ethical footprint, its role in our lives -- increasingly matters as much or more than what a technology does," said Jamais Cascio.

    Watch UAT's Commencement featuring Jamais Cascio's Honorary Doctorate acceptance speech online here.

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    UAT Continues Support of STEM Initiative, As Host of CodeDay Phoenix for 2nd Consecutive Year


    UAT’s Tech-Infused Campus Welcomes Young Programmers for a 24-Hour Development Competition, Two Years Running For the second consecutive year, University of Advancing Technology (UAT) co-sponsors and hosts CodeDay Phoenix, the largest 24-hour youth coding challenge in the state, on UAT’s...

    UAT’s Tech-Infused Campus Welcomes Young Programmers for a 24-Hour Development Competition, Two Years Running

    For the second consecutive year, University of Advancing Technology (UAT) co-sponsors and hosts CodeDay Phoenix, the largest 24-hour youth coding challenge in the state, on UAT’s Tempe technology-infused campus. The event kicks off on Saturday, February 18, at noon, with coders competing continuously for 24 hours and closes with an awards ceremony led by a panel of judges at noon on Sunday, February 19, 2017.

    CodeDay Phoenix empowers over 110 students ages 8-16, putting the focus on engaging young adults in underserved populations and areas with limited technical resources. UAT is proud to co-sponsor alongside State Farm and provide mentors to the next wave of young advancing computer science majors and game programmers, hoping to further the STEM initiative locally with Arizona adolescents, making our state a technology hub for the future.

    As an educational institution offering degrees in Computer Science and Game Programming, UAT is aware of the lacking number of students enrolled in STEM-related degrees and supports community outreach events like CodeDay Phoenix and is honored to host the event.

    CodeDay Phoenix at UAT

    Previously, UAT sponsored the 2015 Great Arizona Code Challenge, where UAT awarded scholarships to the winners. Over the years, UAT has created and maintains longstanding relationships with a pipeline of future technologists from the East Valley Institute of Technology (EVIT), and promotes the need for a greater focus on STEM education nationwide. By hosting the largest CodeDay in the state of Arizona, UAT aims to increase the chances for the younger generation to spark an interest in technology.

    UAT Provost Dr. David Bolman said, “It is absolutely incredible that teens and pre-teens can come together, team up and spend 24 continuous hours from start to finish creating a new and complete game, mobile app or website. It is equally incredible that so many teachers and developers volunteer to spend a day and night mentoring these future technologists. The Arizona community is counting on these teens to choose to study STEM in college and then go on to spend their lives creating and supporting the information tools that drive our economy and allow us as people to routinely do things we could only imagine. Events like CodeDay Phoenix are among the best way to prepare us and them for what the next few years has coming."

    UAT President Jason Pistillo couldn’t agree more, as he said, “In addition to our work with code camps like this, we are very active in Arizona’s K-12 community, partnering with districts and charters to help them with their curricular and hardware needs. We remain vigilant in our efforts to mentor youth in STEM areas such as robotics, computer science and cyber security – allowing students access to our on-campus Cyber Warfare Range – the first in Arizona. The delta between national demand for programming students and the number of potential graduates is both alarming and something we at UAT take very seriously. We are pleased that so many other local colleges have begun to address this need, many of whom have adopted UAT programs and curriculum.”

    About CodeDay Phoenix:

    CodeDay fills the gap between in-school programs, which explain how to code, and the eternal question of students: why do I need to know this? Students start out CodeDay by pitching ideas for projects, and then spend the next 24-hour coding the most interesting ideas in small groups. Throughout the event, students get help from our staff in the form of workshops and during-event mentorship. CodeDay is a national program supported by Student RND.

     

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    Arizona Tech Council Presents "Technology & Commerce" with U.S. Senator Jeff Flake


    Technology continues to evolve around us changing the landscape of businesses and how they operate on a global scale. On Thursday, Jan. 26, the Arizona Technology Council is pleased to present a roundtable with U.S. Senator Jeff Flake...

    Technology continues to evolve around us changing the landscape of businesses and how they operate on a global scale. On Thursday, Jan. 26, the Arizona Technology Council is pleased to present a roundtable with U.S. Senator Jeff Flake speaking on the current state of "Technology & Commerce," including International Trade (BAT, NAFTA, TPP) and many other technology-related topics such as H1-B’s, patent reform, Email Privacy Act as moderated by Steven Zylstra, President and CEO of the Arizona Technology Council.

    UAT faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to attend this opportunity to meet directly with Senator Flake, a strong champion of the technology industry in Arizona and a staunch supporter of free trade.

    What: "Technology & Commerce" Roundtable with Senator Jeff Flake
    When: Thursday, January 26, 2017 from 1:30 – 2:30 P.M.
    Where: University of Advancing Technology (UAT) Campus in the Theater

    Please join UAT President Jason Pistillo and Provost Dr. David Bolman in welcoming Senator Flake and the Arizona Technology Council to our technology-infused campus. For those who cannot attend in person, you have the option to watch the presentation in live stream here.

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    UAT Partners with Warriors Heart to Offer STEM Scholarship for Veterans Suffering from PTSD


    UAT is offering veterans a chance to pursue a STEM career by partnering with Warriors Heart to advance job skills of alumni who complete their 28-day peer-to-peer healing program. Warriors Heart is the first and only private treatment center for “Warriors Only” (veterans and first...

    UAT is offering veterans a chance to pursue a STEM career by partnering with Warriors Heart to advance job skills of alumni who complete their 28-day peer-to-peer healing program.

    Warriors Heart is the first and only private treatment center for “Warriors Only” (veterans and first responders) in the U.S. dealing with substance abuse, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and/or psychological effects of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (MTBI).

    The partnership began when UAT President Jason Pistillo met with Warriors Heart CEO and Co-Founder Josh Lannon at a Young President’s Organization (YPO) meeting. Pistillo recognized the need to offer scholarship for veterans to have an opportunity to pursue a STEM career.

    “The service, dedication and sacrifices made by the men and women serving our nation in the United States military are recognized by University of Advancing Technology. Whether active duty, veteran, reservist or a dependent of military personnel, UAT has a variety of program offerings, learning delivery options and financial aid opportunities for veterans to achieve their educational goals. Whether they are seeking to advance in a civilian career, complement their military skills or pursue a fresh path in advancing technology, UAT is committed to their success,” said Pistillo.

    UAT is proud to fund these STEM scholarships worth up to $50,000 each for US Veterans coming out of a Warriors Heart healing program. The scholarships will provide our protectors with education opportunities to advance their job skills and help them pursue their life dreams.

    We are honored to partner with UAT serving our warriors. - Josh Lannon, CEO of Warriors Heart.

    “We are honored to partner with UAT serving our warriors. Our military men and women receive some of the best leadership training in the world. Combined with UAT’s technology courses, this gives our veterans an incredible opportunity to excel personally and professionally,” said Josh Lannon, CEO of Warriors Heart.

    “It is our responsibility to ensure that the men and women who serve in our Armed Forces come home to a grateful nation. This partnership provides veterans with the tools they need to successfully enter the workforce and build futures for themselves and their families. These are the kinds of innovative ideas that enable our heroes to achieve the American Dream,” said Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema.

    UAT was founded by an Air Force veteran in 1983. The University is a designated Military Friendly Institution and is GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon approved.

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    UAT Supports AZ Tech Council in Hosting 2016 Fall Chief Science Officer (CSO) Institute


    High School STEM Students to Participate in Chief Science Officer Training In collaboration with the Arizona Technology Council, University of Advancing Technology (UAT) will host the 2016 Fall Chief Science Officer (CSO) Institute on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016, bringing together high school students interested in STEM for a day-long training session. In the...

    High School STEM Students to Participate in Chief Science Officer Training

    In collaboration with the Arizona Technology Council, University of Advancing Technology (UAT) will host the 2016 Fall Chief Science Officer (CSO) Institute on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016, bringing together high school students interested in STEM for a day-long training session.

    In the second year of hosting this event, UAT welcomes 150 high school student leaders to its technology-infused campus for a day of training on how to be effective advocates among their peers and the community for all things STEM.

    What is a CSO? A Chief Science Officer or “CSO” is a 6th to 12th grade student elected by their peers to represent their school in STEM and innovation.

    The CSO program was developed through the leadership of Dr. Jeremy Babendure, Executive Director of the Arizona Technology Council Foundation, Susan Farretta, Director of Programs and Education at Arizona SciTech and Dr. David Bolman, Provost of University of Advancing Technology.

    Dr. Bolman said, “The CSO Training program is special because it offers teens who love science and technology a framework for student government leadership within their high school. They learn the skills to be great communicators about STEM within their high school communities. In turn, these CSO leaders bring more students to the technology and science pipeline - something that is desperately needed to fill Arizona's workforce.”

    Each team of students will participate in a series of STEM-related activities including:

    • Team development using robotics, gaming, virtual reality and software development technologies
    • Digital storytelling, social media and communication
    • Developing STEM vision blogs
    • SciTech exploration activities
    • Building personal networks
    • Team presentations to community

    UAT President Jason Pistillo said, “Our country has a problem and UAT continues to try and address it. Without change, the United States will be woefully unprepared for the future.”

    “A review of recent Advanced Placement exam statistics shows that more than 10 times the number of students took the AP history exam than those who took AP computer science. That is a conservative statistic, but still illustrates the problem. Growth in occupations over the next 10 years will primarily fall into STEM-related fields, which is horribly incongruent with what young people are currently pursuing after high school,” Pistillo said, “UAT will continue to give 110 percent to help our community engage young people in the various fields of advancing technology, to make a difference for Arizona and the country.”

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    UAT Announces the Return of the Virtual Reality Degree


    UAT’s Virtual Reality Degree Makes a Comeback 25 Years Later The world of Virtual Reality (VR) has been around for decades. Over 25 years ago, University of Advancing Technology (UAT) led the country as the first university in the nation to offer a fully accredited degree in Virtual Reality. Having been created in 1991, the initial VR degree offering may...

    UAT’s Virtual Reality Degree Makes a Comeback 25 Years Later

    The world of Virtual Reality (VR) has been around for decades. Over 25 years ago, University of Advancing Technology (UAT) led the country as the first university in the nation to offer a fully accredited degree in Virtual Reality. Having been created in 1991, the initial VR degree offering may have been a bit before its time, but UAT is pleased to announce that the Virtual Reality degree is back and available to students for the 2016 fall semester.

    What is Virtual Reality (VR)? Virtual Reality is a computer-generated simulation of a three-dimensional image or environment that can be interacted with in a seemingly real or physical way by a person using special electronic equipment, such as a helmet with a screen inside or gloves fitted with sensors. Some examples of Virtual Reality devices include Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, both of which can be demonstrated in the New Technologies Lab on UAT’s Tempe campus.

    Professor Ben Reichert testing out the HTC Vive in UAT's New Technologies Lab Professor Ben Reichert testing out the HTC Vive in UAT's New Technologies Lab

    The world of Augmented Reality (AR) is also gaining traction. The Pokémon Go movement quickly introduced the general public to the possibility of adapting AR into their daily lives with the simple concept of collecting cute Pokémon characters that are visually projected in your city surroundings. Pokémon Go is an example of VR using smartphone technology.

    According to an article published on Forbes.com in May 2016, VR jobs in mainstream technology are on the rise. In a short period of time, VR has spiked in job postings by companies and job searches from seekers. SmartRecruiters CEO, Jerome Ternynck said, “Virtual reality is becoming one of the new forms of user experience and user interface.” Ternynck believes “people will gradually find ways to leverage VR for business applications,” as well.

    Companies listing VR jobs on Indeed.com include the likes of Samsung, Google, IBM, Facebook, Apple and Intel, in search of VR specialists with skills in backend system development, software development, user experience and visual art.

    In recent years, VR has found true applications in many industries providing solutions for healthcare, construction and skilled trades, military, law enforcement, government, automotive, education, advertising, space exploration, and entertainment.

    UAT Provost Dr. David Bolman said, “VR is also being heavily explored as a form of film storytelling. Using the Unreal Game Engine, UAT’s Digital Video department designed “CrossRealm,” which is a system for filmmakers to preview visual effects in real time. This innovation provides proof of concept in this type of storytelling.”

    CrossRealm created b UAT Digital Video CrossRealm created b UAT Digital Video

    Twenty-five years later UAT is excited to return to its roots of leading the way in advancing technology by welcoming the return of its Virtual Reality degree as a bachelor’s degree offering for on-ground students for the 2016 fall semester.

    Game Studies Program Champion Derric Clark who remembers UAT’s initial Virtual Reality degree said, “It is exciting to see Virtual Reality technology come full circle. The original VR degree was the predecessor to the degrees in UAT’s Game Studios Suite and now that gaming and other industries are embracing VR, it’s completing the technology circle.

    UAT is proud of its history, serving as a leader in technology education for the entire nation. In fact, UAT’s Virtual Reality degree received an award for Best New Program in 1993 by the Career College Association.

    In 1996, UAT Virtual Reality students innovated a virtual replica of Bank One Ballpark (currently Chase Field, home of the Arizona Diamondbacks) using IBM Elysium and Division VR Systems.

    Other projects built in early days of UAT’s VR degree-

    • An ancient civilization tour of the pyramids, a virtual world atlas, a molecular modeler, and a human body tour for the Ministry of Education in Egypt.
    • A virtual walkthrough of the current UAT campus was designed on the Superscape Virtual Reality Toolkit before it was built.
    • A virtual cleanroom was created for Motorola to use in its planning stages before the real version was constructed.
    • A Product Applications Lab presentation was created using IBM Elysium for US West (currently known as Century Link).
    • A simulated tour of the Caves of Chauvet.

    Virtual Reality education and development has not skipped a beat at UAT.

    This fall semester, in addition to the VR degree, a course in programming and developing Augmented Reality apps will be offered by Professor Hue Henry, who specializes in game programming. In fact, many Game Studios students have already completed or plan to develop game simulations for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift.

     

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    UAT Network Security Experts Featured in Ransomware Story


    What is ransomware and how should one handle it? In the UAT Cyber Warfare Range, Provost Dr. Dave Bolman and ‎Network Security‬ Professor Al Kelly comment on ‪ransomware‬ and how to...

    What is ransomware and how should one handle it?

    In the UAT Cyber Warfare Range, Provost Dr. Dave Bolman and ‎Network Security‬ Professor Al Kelly comment on ‪ransomware‬ and how to handle the threat in a FOX 10 Phoenix interview with special assignment reporters Kristy Siefkin and Tishin Donkersley. 

    Ransomware - a type of malware that can be covertly installed on a computer without the knowledge of the user which restricts access to the infected computer system and demands that the user pay a ransom to the malware operators to remove the restriction. 

    ‎Network Security‬ Professor Al Kelly comment on ‪ransomware‬ and how to handle the threat in a FOX 10 Phoenix interview with special assignment reporter Kristy Siefkin. ‎Network Security‬ Professor Al Kelly comment on ‪ransomware‬ and how to handle the threat in a FOX 10 Phoenix interview with special assignment reporter Kristy Siefkin.

    The topic of ransomware is frequently discussed in the news like the February attack that took over Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center with ransom set at $17,000. The institution's computers were infected with malware, locking their records until the ransom was paid. The attack forced the hospital to return to pen and paper for its record-keeping, likely a huge procedural inconvenience in the digital age.

    So the question is... should you or should you not pay the ransom?

    See the full interview here to find out how to handle the situation if you find your data held for ransom.

     

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    Brad Jannenga, Co-Founder of WebPT, to Receive UAT Honorary Doctorate Degree


    UAT Acknowledges Technology Entrepreneur at Annual Commencement Ceremony Each year, University of Advancing Technology (UAT) recognizes inspirational leaders in technology who have successfully forged a path for our graduates to emulate. UAT is delighted to present Brad Jannenga, Founder of WebPT, with one of this year's Honorary Doctorate Degrees...

    UAT Acknowledges Technology Entrepreneur at Annual Commencement Ceremony

    Each year, University of Advancing Technology (UAT) recognizes inspirational leaders in technology who have successfully forged a path for our graduates to emulate. UAT is delighted to present Brad Jannenga, Founder of WebPT, with one of this year's Honorary Doctorate Degrees to be awarded at the UAT Commencement Ceremony on May 6, 2016, at Mesa Arts Center.

    Jannenga is an investor, an entrepreneur, a veteran technologist highly experienced in software development and an active leader in the burgeoning Phoenix tech ecosystem. As co-founder of WebPT, one of Arizona’s most successful SaaS companies, Jannenga grew the company from idea to bootstrapped startup to more than 250 employees while serving as President & CTO.

    Jannenga gives back to the Phoenix tech community with involvement in several organizations, startup investments and grassroots efforts. His involvement with the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, the Arizona Commerce Authority, the AZ Software Founders Group and #yesphx has helped countless Phoenix startups get off the ground and on the path to success. Jannenga is especially passionate about growth in downtown Phoenix, having galvanized multiple organizations to help make downtown a thriving tech hub.

    Jannenga was awarded “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young, named one of the “Top Entrepreneurs in Arizona” by the Arizona Republic, a “Tech Titan” and “40 Under 40” by the Phoenix Business Journal, and WebPT has been listed on the Inc. 500 for three consecutive years.

    “The University has been serving the Valley for more than 33 years. Our passion and drive to help the Arizona community, especially the burgeoning technology sector, has driven nearly every part of our mission. Mr. Jannenga understands the shortcomings of our technology ecosystem and instead of accepting the status quo, he has sought to take action. His commitments to promoting and growing the Valley as a technology nexus are evident in his success with WebPT, TeamAZ, StartupAZ Foundation and so much more. We are thankful that people like Brad Jannenga are fervent to the cause and helping move the needle in the right direction. It is with great pride that we award this honorary doctorate to a well-deserved individual who continues to raise the bar for us all. Arizona needs more people like Brad Jannenga,” said Jason Pistillo, UAT President.

    About WebPT:

    In 2006, Heidi Jannenga, a leading sports physical therapist and clinic director, was looking for ways to improve her clinic's bottom line. After identifying dictation as well as paper documentation management as two of her practice's biggest costs, she started looking for a less expensive solution to documentation and enlisted the help of then-boyfriend Brad Jannenga, a veteran technologist with deep experience in software development. Heidi knew she needed something that would not only fit her workflow as a PT, but also would be affordable, easy to use, and a cinch to implement in her clinic. The more Brad and Heidi shopped around, though, the more discouraged they became. That was when they decided to partner and develop her clinic's dream solution. Brad started going to work with Heidi to get an idea of her workflow and documentation needs. In the evenings, the two would regroup and brainstorm on how the software should work. Then, Brad would get to coding and Heidi would get to testing. And piece by piece, WebPT—a web-based physical therapy EMR—was born.

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    Jeff Moss “The Dark Tangent,” DEF CON Founder and CSO, to Receive UAT Honorary Doctorate Degree


    UAT Acknowledges Industry Leader in Cyber Security at Annual Commencement Ceremony Each year, University of Advancing Technology (UAT) recognizes leaders in technology who have paved the way for our future graduates to follow in their footsteps. UAT is pleased to announce DEF CON Founder and CSO, Jeff Moss also known as “The Dark Tangent,” as a...

    UAT Acknowledges Industry Leader in Cyber Security at Annual Commencement Ceremony

    Each year, University of Advancing Technology (UAT) recognizes leaders in technology who have paved the way for our future graduates to follow in their footsteps. UAT is pleased to announce DEF CON Founder and CSO, Jeff Moss also known as “The Dark Tangent,” as a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate Degree to be awarded at UAT’s Commencement Ceremony on May 6, 2016, at Mesa Arts Center.

    Moss holds many elite positions in the world of Cyber Security, serving as the Founder of DEF CON and the Black Hat Briefings, two of the largest security conferences industry-wide, as well as, an Advisor for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Advisory Council and Vice President and Security Officer of Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and a Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council. Moss was awarded the President’s Award for Public Service from the Information System Security Association (ISSA). Moss holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in Criminal Justice from Gonzaga University.

    Jeff Moss, Founder and CSO of DEF CON Jeff Moss, Founder and CSO of DEF CON

    As a pioneer in Cyber Security, Moss is an inspiration to students enrolled in UAT’s Network Security, Network Engineering, Technology Forensics and Information Assurance degrees, many of which have worked as paid volunteers for Black Hat and DEF CON, a privilege offered primarily to UAT students.

    UAT President Jason Pistillo said, “Having built UAT’s Cyber Security curriculum in 1998 and launched it in 1999, it has been amazing to see the industry grow over the last two decades. Moss has been invaluable in spearheading this growth; what he’s done in that same time frame with DEF CON and Black Hat has been incredible to say the least, bringing the hacker community out of the shadows.”

    Program Champion of Cyber Security at UAT and CEO/CTO of Security Horizon, Russ Rogers said, “The security industry is expanding rapidly, and it’s imperative we recognize today’s most relevant thought leaders, not only for what they are doing today, but also the strides they’ve made in the past to help us arrive where we are today. Jeff Moss exemplifies the best attributes and consistent leadership of this constantly evolving, and often chaotic, industry. In 2002, UAT made its debut at DEF CON 10, and I made my debut as a Professor at the University. Now, 14 years later, UAT is still incredibly supportive of the community, the CON and each new generation of security professionals.”

     

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