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BS, Robotics and Embedded Systems
BS, Robotics and Embedded Systems
People missing a limb can feel like they are missing a piece of themselves. As a former marine, Robotics and Embedded Systems major David Strait watched some of his injured friends struggle with their prosthetics and wondered why there isn’t better, more accessible robotic prosthetics available. It triggered something in him.
The Tiffin, Ohio native was inspired to solve a real-world problem for wounded veterans – timely, affordable access to higher quality prosthetics. So he devoted his Student Innovation Project at UAT to developing his own technology and designing the neural prosthetic. It’s an open source, 3D printable prosthetic arm with an Emotiv EEG headset that controls the arm with your mind thanks to his unique Python-language interface.
Together with Professor Mark Fedasiuk, he designed a Python programming interface in UAT’s Makers Fab Lab. The software serves as an interface and a unique training suite. Brainwaves are trained to control a task—in this case, a hand. Each grasp is different, so each one has to be linked to a singled out frequency in the brain. One targeted brainwave makes for one motion, such as closing all fingers to make a fist.
David’s Emotiv EEG headset interprets EEG brainwaves into useable Python code. Raw EEG data is translated with a Python program to initiate movement in the prosthetic device just by thinking. His goal is to create sensors that will go directly into a baseball cap or sleeve so it can be worn discreetly all day.
David checked out hundreds of colleges from his barracks and ultimately decided on UAT because of its comprehensive robotics focus. He registered just two months before his discharge. When that day came, he drove straight from the Marine Corps to UAT.
What David likes the most about UAT and the robotics program are the resources. "I’ve never been a part of something that has such pride in keeping up with the latest technology. If the University knows something will enhance a student's learning, they will invest in it. Students create amazing things every year and it’s good to be a part of those teams. Their passion is to ensure students have the latest technology to work with."
David is lucky to be alive. And now, as a senior, is looking toward a future of robotic prosthetics in his quest to help injured vets feel the same.
BS, Robotics and Embedded Systems
BS, Robotics and Embedded Systems
UAT alum Kasey Norman (Robotics and Embedded Systems) entered the U.S. military after high school, where he spent four years serving his country as a Marine. After becoming injured and subsequently getting discharged, he wanted to continue pursuing his life-long love for technology, so his path led him to UAT. Among his many accomplishments at UAT thanks to UAT’s support and veteran resources, Kasey went on to innovate many robotics projects, including a semi-autonomous vehicle with intelligence in a base control unit. His military experience served to enrich his educational one, and led him to ask the question, "When you need to enter a danger zone, why go yourself when you can send a robot?"
The Wichita, Kansas native gained real-world experiences that fueled him at UAT to solve a real world problem to create terrestrial unmanned vehicles that perform reconnaissance—at a reasonable cost. Kasey wants to prove that police, fire and the DoD can produce and use something value-priced yet effective at entering risky environments and performing potentially life threatening tasks. The more cost effective production is, the more these bots can be made available. With his design, he’s figuring his project can be produced at a cost of a few thousand dollars vs. what currently is on the market at costs upwards of hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Kasey also wants to provide a learning platform to schools to help teach programming to elementary and middle school students.
As a recent graduate, Kasey is gaining additional experience as an Engineering Aid at the Department of Veterans Affairs in Phoenix. This work experience program give Vets a chance to readjust to civilian work styles and gain real-world experience in the field of their studies.
Kasey hopes to enter the medical robotics field one day - robotics that can assist the elderly maintain independence. He also wants to work on the da Vinci robotic surgical system. He has personal reasons for wanting to apply his passion to the medical field: his mother is a cardiac surgery nurse and he has Multiple Sclerosis.
"My body attacking my own nerves, which will eventually impact mobility," he says. "My degrees will give me the ability to design devices that help me continue to walk."
Senior, Network Security
and Technology Forensics
Senior, Network Security and Technology Forensics
Originally from Poltava, Ukraine, Olena Burns is a senior majoring in both Network Security and Technology Forensics. She came to the U.S. as a teenager and joined the army after high school, which has helped pay for her UAT education. "UAT is very military friendly," she says. "I really appreciate the support I’ve received. I’ve got to say, I love this school, the tools it’s provided me and the knowledge I've accumulated. I recommend this school to anyone who is excited about learning and can take a concept and run with it."
When asked how UAT is different from other technology colleges, Olena replies:
Leading-edge industry knowledge taught by the best. UAT’s Tech Forensics and Network Security programs are probably the best in the state because of the instructors. They are working in the field while they teach so we’re always learning what’s really out there. One of my professors has even been an active member of the DEF CON Community for 17 years. No other college, in my opinion, offers that high level of faculty interconnectivity.
I’m a hands-on learner, which is also why I love UAT and would recommend it to those who may have different ways of learning. It’s personalized, and everything we learn offers a way to develop a project hands on or with a virtual machine to get it to actually physically work. UAT also opens doors to opportunities. I was selected as a volunteer for Black Hat, and got to attend DEF CON as well. When our UAT group was tasked with hacking the electronic badges for DEF CON, I was the first to do it. My instructor was so proud of me but not as proud as I felt about myself and what I can accomplish.
We appreciate the sacrifices our veterans, service members and their families have made for our country. UAT was founded by a military veteran in 1983. Our military student support services, online degrees and policies are aligned to the unique needs of our veteran and military students.
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Modules can be taken independently, as a certificate, or combined with additional modules to afford each student the degree option best suited to their passion and focus in technology trends and industries. Combine any four modules you want, or choose specific electives to customize the masters’ degree that best suits your needs and career goals. The blocks or certificate programs then comprise their final accredited master’s degree. This allows students to earn a fully accredited master’s degree that best represents their focus within the technology trends and industries most promising to them and their expanded career path. We’ve taken the liberty of visually representing possible degree paths below.