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University of Advancing Technology is an elite, private college that serves its student body by fostering knowledge creation and academic excellence in an environment that embraces the young technophiles of the world. With three centers of research and a suite of technology-centered undergraduate and graduate degrees, the University is a recognized leader in technology education.
UAT 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.
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:
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.”
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.
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.”
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-
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
University of Advancing Technology (UAT) to offer dancers of Ballet Arizona a higher education opportunity to earn a technology degree by presenting the UAT Dancers of Ballet Arizona Scholarship.
According to Kenna Draxton, of the Artist Relief Fund, “The career of a ballet dancer is often seen as glamorous and blessed, perfecting an art they love, but the tale that is rarely told is the end of a dancer’s career, which if a dancer is lucky extends only into their mid-thirties.”
Typically, the end of a dancer’s career is met with uncertainty of their future career, having spent a life dedicated to the art of dance, most dancers have little to no college education, making it difficult to step forward into a new career path.
Often described as the Juilliard of technology, UAT recognizes the correlation between the art of dance and the art of technology and by offering a half-tuition scholarship to current Ballet Arizona dancers; we are opening a new channel of creative individuals to join the rapidly growing STEAM industry. This scholarship is also available to dancers who wish to enroll and begin classes within one year of retiring from the Company.
Ballet Arizona dancers who qualify can also benefit from flexible class scheduling, a streamlined acceptance process, a hands-on and skills oriented class environment taught by industry professionals and access to all campus technology and resources at UAT.
As Jason Pistillo, UAT President said, “I’ve always been fascinated with performance artists and the dancers of Ballet Arizona are in a class of their own. The combination of discipline, hours of practice, innovation and creativity is pure magic. These are all the same ingredients that make magical technologists. I am at the edge of my seat to see how the dancers can reharness that raw ability through our education to make the next generation of technology innovation.”
About Artist Relief Fund:
The mission of The Artist Relief Fund is to provide the dancers of Ballet Arizona financial support in times of extended injury, personal hardship, and imminent career transition. The Artist Relief Fund raises funds by hosting an annual production created by Ballet Arizona dancers through which the dancers are able to develop meaningful relationships with their community. The Artist Relief Fund, Inc is a 501(c)(3) organization.
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.
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.
Presented by Startup AZ Foundation, Code Day Arizona is a 24-hour statewide coding event that puts the focus on engaging young adults in underserved populations and areas with limited technical resources. Code Day Arizona will be held the weekend of Feb. 13-14, 2016, at University of Advancing Technology, in collaboration with State Farm, Go Daddy, Student RND and Valley Leadership. This event will focus on bringing students in from cities and towns across the state of Arizona in an effort to promote technical skills among youth and make Arizona a technology hub for the future.
As an educational institution, UAT is aware of the lack of students enrolled in Computer Science and STEM-related degrees and supports community outreach events like Code Day Arizona increasing the chances for the younger generation to spark an interest in technology.
According to Jaime Casap, Chief Education Evangelist at Google, “By 2020, the United States will have 1.4 million computer science jobs, according to estimates by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, with only 400,000 computer scientists to fill them.”
UAT President Jason Pistillo said, “To echo Casap’s quote, for some time now there’s been more demand for programming graduates from industry than students enrolled in Computer Science majors to fill the deficiency in the job market. When we look out across the census data, we realize that there are simply not enough young people engaging in this amazing field, to create the passion before they enter college. We’ve decided to get proactive and make a concerted effort to help; from our longstanding support of schools like EVIT, our sponsorship of the 2015 Great Arizona Code Challenge, to evangelizing the need for a greater focus on STEM education, to hosting Code Day Arizona, the first statewide coding event at our technology-infused campus. We aim to fix the root cause of this national problem and encourage both young females and males to enter into STEM fields.”
Code Day is a 24-hour event that challenges groups of student’s ages 9-20 to form teams to build amazing applications over a 24-hour hacking period. The purpose of Code Day Arizona is to expose youth to future career opportunities that are available in the fields of information technology and coding. The event is a little bit like “Shark Tank,” and lot like “How it’s Made” where students pitch ideas from video games to apps and work with mentors to take their ideas from concept to reality in 24 hours. The event also engages the support of nearly 80 tech mentors from local technology companies and startups, as well as nearly 100 volunteers overall. Mayors and government leadership from cities all across Arizona have been provided with scholarships to send students from their communities to this statewide event. Girls who wish to attend can do so for free when they register here using the promotional code: “GIRLSCODE”
Code Day Arizona begins at noon on Saturday, February 13, and concludes at noon Sunday, February 14, 2016, at the University of Advancing Technology, 2625 W. Baseline Rd, Tempe, AZ 85283.
“We are thrilled to host the largest state-wide code day ever,” said Dr. David Bolman, Provost, University of Advancing Technology. “I can’t wait to see what these young students, who come together from all points of Arizona, create while being immersed in tech for 24 hours on our campus. As we look at workforce development in Arizona, it is beyond clear that to be truly competitive nationally in filling the vast need for STEM positions; we must invest early in our young talent. Code Day Arizona is a critical, exciting and must-do initiative that lights up young people towards a future that we are absolutely counting on.”
UAT Digital Video is thrilled to announce that actor Tony Amendola has been cast in the next project to be directed by Professor Paul DeNigris, called “Toppled.”
Mr. Amendola is perhaps best known for his role in the sci-fi series Stargate SG-1 as the noble Jaffa warrior Master Bra’tac. More recently he has appeared on sci-fi series Continuum and fantasy series Once Upon a Time and was one of the key voices in the video game Fallout 4.
“Toppled” was written by Ayman Samman who previously collaborated with UATDV on “Parallax” and on “Red Sand: A Mass Effect Fan Film” and has more recently been seen in Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper and on the NBC series Blindspot.
“Toppled” is being produced in partnership between Ayman’s company Creacious, Professor DeNigris’ Locked Horns Productions, and UAT Digital Video. Some of the students involved in the project are Jordan Wippell (director of photography), Kristina Hyland (co-producer and location manager), as well as the rest of the current semester’s Production Studio class in key roles. Many of the 200-level Production class will fill out the crew in technical areas.
Look for more updates here as production approaches later this month!
Welcome new students to University of Advancing Technology! You are beginning your journey of innovation with many other technophiles like yourself. We hope you feel at home here – whether you are moving in to the dorms, UAT Founder’s Hall, commuting to campus daily or attending our campus online.
We can’t wait to for you to get settled, get familiar with the campus, meet new friends and learn what it means to be an innovator at UAT. The sky is not the limit, you can take your ideas anywhere with technology!
Don’t miss out on any of the action starting the first week of move-ins! Connect, our new student orientation, is Thursday, Jan. 7. Move-ins at UAT Founder’s Hall begin on Friday, Jan. 8, with classes beginning on Monday, Jan. 11, but we have activities planned for the whole week to keep new students engaged and excited for the new school year.
Thursday 1/7/16 - Dinner and Presentation: Hackers Make History with Technology
Time: 5-7 p.m.
Location: Cafe/ Theater
Hosts: Natasha Vita-More, Graduate Program Champion and Abby Pfeiffer, History Professor
Friday 1/8/16 – Connect Orientation
Time: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Friday 1/8/16 - Dinner: Greets, Meets and Eats
Time: 5:30-7 p.m.
Hosts: Jorge Portillo, Game Art and Animation Professor and Spencer Nelson, Digital Maker Professor
Friday 1/8/16 – ZBrush Creatures!
Time: 7-9 p.m.
Host: Lynn Understiller, Game Art and Animation Professor
Saturday 1/9/16 Marvel Movie
Time: 2-5 p.m.
Host: Paul DeNigris, Digital Video Program Champion
Saturday 1/9/16 – History of Computers
Time: 2-5 p.m.
Host: James Gordon, Advancing Computer Science Professor
Wednesday 1/13/16 – GameLoading: Rise of the Indies Documentary
Time: 6-9 p.m.
Host: Ben Reichert, Game Studies Professor
Wednesday 1/13/16 – Heroes of the Storm eSports Event
Time: 6:30-9 p.m.
Host: Hue Henry, Game Programming Professor
Thursday 1/14/16 – Tool Time with Scott and Al
Time: 6-9 p.m.
Location: Cyber Warfare Range
Hosts: Al Kelly and Scott Swenka, Cyber Security Professors
Friday 1/15/16 – UAT Mixer
Time: 5-6 p.m.
Location: Founder’s Lobby
Hosts: Faculty and Staff
“Inhuman: The Next & Final Phase of Man is Here” is not fiction or a mockudrama but a new investigative documentary from Defender Films and Raiders News Productions.
Inhuman travels the globe to unveil for the first time how breakthrough advances in science, technology and philosophy—including cybernetics, bioengineering, nanotechnology, machine intelligence and synthetic biology are poised to create mind-boggling game changes to everything we have known until now about Homo sapiens.
As astonishing technological developments push the frontiers of humanity toward far-reaching morphological transformation (which promises in the very near future to redefine what it means to be human), an intellectual and fast-growing cultural movement known as transhumanism intends the use of these powerful new fields of science and technology as tools that will radically redesign our minds, our memories, our physiology, our offspring, and even perhaps—as Professor Joel Garreau, Lincoln Professor of Law, claims—our immortal souls.
The technological, cultural, and metaphysical shift now underway unapologetically forecasts a near future dominated by a new species of unrecognizably superior humans, and applications under study now to make this dream a reality are being funded by thousands of government and private research facilities around the world. As viewers will learn, this includes rewriting human genetics, combining human and animal DNA, and interfacing our brains with strong artificial intelligence systems.
As a result, new modes of perception between things visible and invisible are expected to challenge bioethics in ways that are historically, sociologically and theologically unprecedented. Without comprehending what is quickly approaching in related disciplines of research and development, vast numbers of individuals could soon be paralyzed by the most fantastic—and far-reaching—implications.
The destiny of each individual—as well as the future of their families—depends on their knowledge of this new paradigm, an unprecedented time in earth’s history already being called the “Hybrid Age.”
Watch the movie trailer here:
For more information on “Inhuman: The Next & Final Phase of Man is Here,” visit: http://www.inhumanthemovie.com/
The November Western Regional Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (WRCCDC) Invitational was held Saturday, November 7, from 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. UAT had eight Cyber Security Degree/Network Security Degree students complete, seven of them participating for the first time.
The WRCCDC Invitational is a virtual competition that UAT Cyber Security Degree students were able to attend right from UAT’s Cyber Cave on campus. Here’s what six hours of determination looks like! It actually looks like these guys had fun, too.
Network Security Faculty Advisor Al Kelly said, “They were great at keeping services up, but need to work on Injects and Red Team Attack responses,” all important skills for finding employment with top security agencies after graduation.
The Next WRCCDC Invitational will be in December, so they have just over a month to practice.
Cyber Security Degree students that competed this Saturday.
About Western Regional Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition:
The Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (CCDC) system is to provide a controlled, competitive environment for institutions with an information assurance or computer security curriculum to assess their student’s depth of understanding and operational competency in managing the challenges inherent in protecting a corporate network infrastructure and business information systems.
CCDC competitions ask student teams to assume administrative and protective duties for an existing “commercial” network – typically a small company with 50+ users, 7 to 10 servers, and common Internet services such as a web server, a mail server, and an e-commerce site.
Each team begins the competition with an identical set of hardware and software for their fictitious business and teams are scored on their ability to detect and respond to outside threats, maintain availability of existing services such as mail servers and web servers, respond to business requests such as the addition or removal of additional services, and balance security needs against business needs.
Throughout the competition an automated scoring engine is used to verify the functionality and availability of each team’s services on a periodic basis while traffic generators continuously feed simulated user traffic into the competition network. A volunteer red team provides the “external threat” that all Internet-based services face and allows the teams to match their defensive skills against live opponents.
UAT Digital Video Program Champion Paul DeNigris was in New York City last weekend for the All-American High School Film Festival. The Digital Video department partnered with the Festival to give away a full-tuition scholarship as the grand prize in the Visual Effects category.
The All-American High School Film Festival, running since 2003, receives over 2,000 film entries from 48 states and 15 countries each year, from that only 300 films are officially selected.
The partnership came together in a whirlwind as Professor Sharon Bolman contacted the organizers of “the world’s largest high school film festival” just days earlier. The prospect of giving away a full-tuition scholarship to a young filmmaker to study Digital Video and Visual Effects at UAT was immediately exciting to Tom Oliva, Festival Organizer, and together Paul, Sharon, and Tom pulled together the details to make the surprise award a reality.
Tom sent the Visual Effects award finalists’ films to Paul and Sharon for review and they selected “Dark Horizon,” an alien invasion film by Nevada high school junior Robert Flummerfelt. The Festival’s jury (including filmmakers Edward Burns and Morgan Spurlock) were in total agreement.
“Robert wrote and directed an alien invasion film, which ends with amazing space scene. It was just gorgeous! He’s exactly the kind of student we want to come to UAT,” said Bolman.
Days later Paul was on stage at the historic King’s Theater in Brooklyn, NY, at the Teen Indie Awards to announce the winner. Robert and his mom were in attendance and they were certainly surprised!
Being a junior, Robert won’t join the UATDV team until Fall 2017 most likely, though we should see him on campus for a visit before that. Based on how polished and comprehensive his VFX work was on “Dark Horizon,” we are thrilled to see where is skills are in 2 years when he gets to UAT – and where he goes from there!
Originating and leading cyber security degree education in Arizona, University of Advancing Technology (UAT) is marking 15 successful years since the inception of its elite Network Security degree program.
The longest-running cyber security degree program in the state has prepared more graduates from a NSA- and CAE-credentialed education than any other university’s cyber program in Arizona. As a result, they have taken their place among the nation’s top cyber security professionals and help to meet growing demand that recently surpassed 200,000 job openings.
Prior to cyber security becoming part of the U.S. vocabulary, UAT launched the Network Security degree, now commonly referenced as a cyber security degree, in partnership with industry and government.
UAT recognized the importance of training cyber security experts, beginning in 2000, ahead of the groundswell of online hacking and corruption. They also understood the necessity of having cyber security professionals, more educated and “street smart” than the “black hats,” for the country’s counter terrorism entities within the DoD, NSA, CIA and other government agencies looking to build their defense against network espionage.
UAT’s cyber security degree is designed to educate the industry’s elite, ethical hackers as the next generation of cyber security professionals, commonly referred to as “white hat” hackers focused on earning the credentials necessary to be respected leaders helping to protect our nation’s assets.
Designated as a Center for Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education (CAE/IAE) by the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA), UAT’s cyber security program and cyber lab are recognized by industry and government entities alike for their ability to generate the future industry innovators of the cyber security industry – leaders who will have mastery in ethical hacking and uphold the highest industry standard of integrity in our quickly evolving world of technology and online security.
“Our established NSA and FBI relationships have fostered the creation of a comprehensive curriculum that assures the high integrity and preparedness of graduates,” says Dr. David Bolman, UAT Provost. “As testimony to this, the NSA conducts annual visits to campus to recruit our best graduates. This top national cyber security degree is right here, in Arizona’s backyard.”
“Our program isn’t simply books and labs,” says Russ Rogers, UAT Network Security program champion and one of the industry’s foremost experts. “Our students are working actively in faculty-driven internships, providing quality security services for real-world companies.” For example, Professor Rogers currently is mentoring students in an NTS internship program, where they are doing programmatic and technical work for Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
Real-world learning also occurs in UAT’s DoD-funded, state-of-the-art cyber security cave and at the world’s largest ethical hacking events. Connected to the industry, Professor Rogers is one of the national organizers of the annual DEF CON hacker conference who manages volunteers at both Black Hat and DEF CON.
In fact, UAT was the only university given the chance to have their cyber security students volunteer at this year’s Black Hat. Every year, UAT has a massive presence of faculty and students working together at each DEF CON and Black Hat event.
UAT’s impact is recognized in the industry. Clarence McAllister, CEO at Fortis Networks, states, “As a federal government contractor, I acknowledge UAT’s contributions in educating the best cyber security professionals in the industry. As a result, the nation now has access to highly qualified security experts.”
“We’re proud to play a leading role in educating premier students to fill critical positions that help build and maintain our national and global security infrastructure,” says Jason Pistillo, UAT President and founding board member of Security Canyon, Arizona’s Cyber Security Coalition. “Since tech is all we do, our technology university has the elite status of being among a select few 100 percent STEM-based universities in the nation.”
UAT began more than 30 years ago, at the dawn of the computer age, with advancing technology degrees that soon after included Arizona’s original cyber security degree. It quickly became one of the most respected network security degrees among industry and government entities alike, which resulted in UAT becoming Network Security Curriculum Certified. Today, the technology college’s advancing technology degrees include a full continuum of residential and online cyber security and technology forensics degrees.
UAT continues its commitment to educating the next generation of elite professionals practicing digital citizenry in degree programs, including prestigious undergraduate cyber security degrees in Network Security, Network Engineering, and Technology Forensics, and the elite graduate degree in Information Assurance transporting graduates to the leading edge of industry.
Hundreds of graduates from UAT’s center for cyber security have gone on to become esteemed alumni and respected professionals in their fields as a result of the essential knowledge and tools they gained – many working at the highest levels of commerce, industry, and national security.
Learn more here: UAT | Cyber Security Degrees
Have you been inside the New Technology Lab (NT Lab) lately? There are some new devices for UAT’s population of tech savvy individuals to use on campus. Stop in to the Bindery for a key to the NT Lab and get your innovative juices flowing with new technology!
Kor-FX Gaming Vest: The Kor-FX is a haptic feedback vest that lets you feel the game you are playing or developing. As part of the Virtual Reality Station, students will be able to combine the vest with the Oculus Rift to create truly immersive experiences.
Sphero: Sphero, an addition to the Mobile Development Station, will allow students to program a ball with a built in gyroscope. Students will be able to program games and other experiences that involve the robotic ball.
Cube 3D Touch Stylus: The Touch Stylus is a haptic 3D drawing device currently located at the 3D Print and Scan Station. Students will be able to sculpt their 3D models using this pen and feel the model as they manipulate it.
Epson BrightLink: The BrightLink is an interactive projector that allows students to manipulate the projection as if it were a tablet. Students will be able to map out their projects and collaborate with other students on a giant interactive screen.
Perception Neuron: The Neuron is a 32-point wearable motion capture device set to be installed at the Virtual Reality station. Students will be able to motion capture themselves without needing a full motion capture setup and will be able to export their data to their Oculus Rift based games easily.
Oculus Rift: A Virtual Reality headset that allows you to step into your favorite game, get immersed in a movie or take a virtual tour, with the aid of special electronic equipment like a helmet, headset or gloves with sensors.
Epson Moverio Glasses: The Moverio glasses are an augmented reality display in a similar vein to Google Glass. It is powered by Android OS and will allow students at the Virtual Reality station to explore new ways to gamify the world.
Don’t hesitate to ask for help in using any of these new devices- that’s why they are here – for students to use! Maker Tech Mike Syfritt is happy to assist students with any of the new gadgets in the NT Lab.
UAT was the last stop on AZ Tech Beat‘s #ExposeTheAwesome Tour, where they had a neat idea to interview cool companies in various technology fields throughout the summer. We had a busy day planned for AZTB Editor Tishin Donkersley, Community Manager Ryan Loebe and Film Intern Xavier Smith, but we knew they were ready for it!
First, they sat down with Provost Dr. David Bolman to find out why UAT is unique and how access to great technology molds our students into innovators for the future. Dr. Bolman had no trouble expressing his enthusiasm for technology and how important UAT is to filling the STEM career pipeline in Arizona.
As suggested by Dr. Bolman, we gave Network Forensics Professor Diane Barrett a phone call, as she lives remotely and teaches online classes, to inquire how different the reality of cyber forensics is from how it’s portrayed on television. Interestingly enough, most TV shows tend to exaggerate the time it takes to conduct these type of investigations. They are never solved within an hour like Hollywood would have you think.
Next, the AZTB crew was led on a tour of campus, having a chance to peek into each classroom, lab, workshop and office; asking questions, snapping photos and broadcasting to periscope along the way.
We decided to check out the Maker’s Lab and speak with Digital Maker and Fabrication Professor Spencer Nelson about all of the tools available for students to use. There is a 3D printer, a laser engraver, vinyl cutter, Roland CNC Mill, vacuum former, foam cutter, various hand power tools and more! Everything you need for building models, making signs or designing props. Just ask Professor Nelson if you want to use a tool, but don’t know where to start.
While wrapping up an interview with Professor Nelson, we were able to catch Professor Vesna Dragojlov to ask about wearable technology. Professor Dragojlov thinks that women could have some influence on wearable tech if it’s fused with fashion.
Next, we took a moment to talk film production with Professor Paul DeNigris and film students Jordan Wippell and Brandon Scott. Tishin asked what trends are hot for filming special effects and believe it or not, the audience has struggled with feeling that CGI looks real for some time now, so film sets are looking back to techniques from the 70s of building small models to make the environment appear more realistic. They also got to explore the Green Room and Film Production room see where all the editing magic happens.
The tour continued on to the Robotics Hardware Lab where Professor Mark Fedasiuk talked about the Robotics and Embedded Systems degree. He also demonstrated a Harry Potter location clock, built by a robotics student and talked about upcoming trainings with VEX Robotics.
With back-to-back interviews all morning, the AZ Tech Beat crew was famished, so we had lunch in the campus cafe among tech students who were refueling before an afternoon of classes.
Our last stop for the day was to the New Technologies Lab to speak with UAT Game Studios Professor Derric Clark to find out the latest news in video game creation. Professor Clark described the types of gaming degrees we offer, what our game students are expected to do, how gaming is shaping the landscape in Phoenix and also gave a short teaser about a cool project the game students are working on to bring the Hohokam Ruins and Canals to life with a simulated map.
We really enjoyed showing AZ Tech Beat around our campus and can’t wait to see their video footage from the tour!
On Saturday, September 26, UAT will host 50-80 high school leaders, tech students and STEM advocates, from approximately 30 high schools in Arizona for Chief Science Officer training.
This 1-day camp will give students tips in leadership, communication, teamwork, branding, and so much more in order for these individuals to give STEM a voice in Student Government at their schools. Student Government is usually comprised of political officials, a president, VP, secretary and treasurer, but this program will add the Chief Science Officer, a position supporting science, technology, engineering and assisting geeks to become better communicators and advocates for STEM.
UAT was involved when the session met at Camp Tontozona in July 2015. (Photo below.)
Now, the Arizona SciTech Fest is moving the workshop to UAT for the next two years, which is awesome news! We get the chance to participate in shaping young tech leaders for the future and helping to create interest in the engineering world, which is such a critical need in Arizona.
We at UAT are very excited for this opportunity to be presented as a top STEM destination in the Valley for local students and their peers, to which they advocate. Additionally we see this as a chance to serve the community through supporting the CSO Training program, which increases students in the high school pipeline planning to enter the STEM workforce.
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 (science, technology, engineering, math) and innovation. The 2015-16 year marks the inaugural year with 70 schools throughout Arizona having elected 120 CSOs.
Find out more information about the Chief Science Officers here: http://chiefscienceofficers.com
Event details: http://azscitech.com/scitech_event/cso-fall-institute-2015
The Boy Scouts of America Grand Canyon Council will participate in The Merit Badge University during the weekend of October 8-10, where each Boy Scout will choose to learn two merit badges including an option to earn a badge in Animation taught by UAT Art and Animation Professor Jorge Portillo.
Boy Scouts, ranging in age from 11-17, interested in the Animation Merit Badge will visit University of Advancing Technology for a tour on Saturday, Sept. 26, and will complete the onsite requirements prior to The Merit Badge University.
Development Director Steve Pomerantz said, “This is the first year that The Merit Badge University has taken place in Phoenix and registration is almost full!”
Many local government services like City of Scottsdale Fire Department, Arizona Public Service, The Bureau of Land Management, Arizona Department of Transportation and more are involved with teaching merit badges in their field.
Other Merit Badge options include: Fire Safety, Aviation, Horsemanship, Crime Prevention, Sustainability, Emergency Preparedness, Search & Rescue, Energy, Fingerprinting, Safety, Family Life, Weather, Archeology, Metalwork, Geology, Space Exploration, Cycling, Engineering, Journalism, Animal Science, Communications, Environmental Science, and Fish & Wildlife Management.
UAT is excited to welcome the Boy Scouts of America Grand Canyon Council to our technology-infused campus and we hope to inspire them to pursue careers in technology in the future!
Who: Boy Scouts of America Grand Canyon Council
What: The Merit Badge University
When: Oct. 10, 2015 8 – 5 p.m.
Where: LDS Church Stake Building: 1835 E. Missouri Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85016
Why: Boy Scouts will earn Merit Badges in various fields
Event details: http://www.grandcanyonbsa.org/event/1747745
Learn more about the Animation Merit Badge here: www.scouting.org/Home/BoyScouts/AdvancementandAwards/MeritBadges/mb-ANMA.aspx
The Great Arizona <Code> Challenge is happening Friday and Saturday at the Infusionsoft headquarters in Chandler. This 36-hour hackathon invites the best young programmers (3rd to 8th grade) from across the state to compete for prizes. The event is free and the public is encouraged to attend.
The MIT Enterprise Forum of Phoenix and the Prenda Code Club host the Great Arizona <Code> Challenge. University of Advancing Technology (UAT) is also a partner of the event promoting STEAM education.
UAT will offer the winning individual or team a half-tuition scholarship as a grand prize.
UAT President Jason Pistillo said, “From my experiences engaging with high tech companies in the Valley, the demand for qualified talent easily outweighs the number of candidates going through our educational systems. The Great AZ Code Challenge offers the Valley a tremendous service in getting young people involved into one of the most expansive and exciting career sectors.”
UAT Provost Dr. David Bolman says that the need for young adults to go into STEM and STEAM careers is more vital than most people realize.
“In order to have mainstream students choose a future in technology, we need to participate and help mold students’ visions of their future during their time in middle and high school. How can we help students from all academic perspectives see life opportunities that come with a future in STEM and STEAM? Fun, creative and competitive events like the Great Arizona Code Challenge will make a difference for the students involved,” said Bolman.
Visit http://azcodechallenge.splashthat.com/ to learn more.