Watch Your Language!
May 6, 2019

Watch Your Language is a new tool to monitor curse words on a gaming chat platform. This Student Innovation Project (SIP) monitors what players are saying and flags words deemed inappropriate.  The intent is to warn the player to watch their language. Rocky Vargas (Game Programming) explains, “Our innovation claim is that gameplay is intensified by turning the foul language gamers use into a mechanic for punishment.” 

No games use speech recognition this way as of today. Alarms go off and the display monitor will show the word once this mechanic detects the foul words. It actively monitors and provides the code for the element that’s purposed for any specific word.  This technology doesn’t have to be limited to gamers. Anything that has code, this concept can be applied anywhere there is a microphone. The users have the ability to enter whatever words they wish to omit/punish. Rocky created the original code to start detecting words and made the streaming portion completely active, while Michael polished the code and hooked everything up, including the sirens and alarms.

Hologram Furniture
May 6, 2019


A hologram is an image that appears to be three dimensional and which can be seen with the naked eye. Holograms were commonly used in specials effect and to resurrect late musicians at concerts, but now they are used in a lot more places, including in furniture. Digital Maker and Fabrication student, Daryl Garcia enjoys working with his hands to build, problem solve, and integrate leading technology into unique furniture pieces. For Daryl’s Student Innovation Project (SIP), he was inspired to create the Hologram Table.

Environment VS. True Player Experience
May 6, 2019

Players use a Time Sphere to travel to previous eras in this post-modern survival horror game.  Their quest is to find arcane objects for the antiquities company they work for. This Student Innovation Project (SIP) is innovative because of its use of True PVE. Regis Jerry, coined this as an “environment with a personality,” the Artificial Intelligence (AI) capability in the game gives the player a truly immersive experience.

Cybersecurity Thought Leader Dr. Rebecca Wynn Shares her Best Career Advice
April 26, 2019

University of Advancing Technology May 2019 honorary doctorate recipient Dr. Rebecca Wynn likes to go fast. As the Head of Information Security and Data Protection Officer (DPO) at Matrix Medical Network, Dr. Wynn leads the overall security strategy, security architecture development and security programs. She is always working on multiple projects at the same time, finding new ways to leverage cutting-edge risk management tools, machine learning and artificial intelligence to narrow the gap between a specific event detected on the network and first responders receiving actionable data.


How to Create a Killer YouTube Channel
April 10, 2019

More than 30 million people around the world watch 5 billion YouTube videos every day. That’s a huge audience with a big appetite for video content. Video has always been a powerful marketing tool and one of the most engaging types of content. Students and job seekers—especially those in creative or competitive fields—can capitalize on the growing demand for video content by creating a YouTube channel that supports their personal brands and establishes them as thought leaders.


How to Level Up Your Game Development Job Search
April 5, 2019


Why Technology Careers Work for Veterans
April 3, 2019

Somehow, “You’re hired!” sounds better than the proverbial “Thank you for your service.” Veterans sacrifice a lot to serve and protect our country—time with their families, hobbies, careers, and sometimes their health or even their lives. After they’ve served, they face a big decision: What’s next? One viable option is a career in technology.


The Truth about Being a Female Game Developer
March 27, 2019

For the first 15 years of Lynn DiGiacomo’s illustrious career in the gaming industry, she was the lone woman on the dev team. Then in 1995, she accepted a job at Sony Imagesoft, where she met Holliday Horton, the art director for the leading franchise title NFL GameDay. “Holliday paved the way with pipelines and processes for nearly all of the professional franchise titles that Sony produced at the time.” Working with Holliday spurred a streak of inspiration and innovation in Lynn. Now, she is surrounded by inspiring female game developers at the University of Advancing Technology, where she teaches game art and animation.


We’re Called University Of Advancing Technology For A Reason…
March 23, 2019

We seek out and partner with top tech execs all over the Valley. In fact, we’re so committed to advancing tech in Arizona that we started Perimeter83, a one-of-a-kind training for businesses and technology startup coworking space nestled right inside the UAT campus. 

Creating Technology Solutions for Higher Education
March 22, 2019

University of Advancing Technology alumnus Raymond Blackwood makes software that runs colleges. He geeks out about solving higher education problems through technology to ensure that colleges and universities of all sizes have the tools and processes necessary to manage student lifecycles as efficiently as possible. He also travels 40 weeks out of the year, collects Star Wars comics and takes his boat out on the water as much as he can.

Robotics Engineer to Software Developer
February 22, 2019

Greck Santiago likes to build things—robots, circuit boards, microcontrollers. Naturally, when he came to the University of Advancing Technology to study robotics, he thought he would graduate and get a job as a robotics engineer. Then he discovered software engineering and embedded programming and realized that building cool things didn’t necessarily involve hardware and wires.


UAT Cybersecurity Team Holds Top Spot Over Stanford - Advances to Regional Finals
February 19, 2019

Commentary: Dr. Natasha Vita-More

Professor, Undergraduate and Graduate Programs

University of Advancing Technology


On Saturday, February 15, UAT’s Cybersecurity team participated in the Western Regional Cyber Defense Competition. UAT’s team was made up of 8 students, all taking on different roles as team members.


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To set up for the competition, I arrived at 9:00am and ran a check of the team members and their titles by checking off the list provided to me by Dr. Brandon R. Brown, the Director of WRCCDC. To be on the safe side, and just in case we came in with a high-ranking, I checked off each student’s name and requested to view each team member’s ID. Below is my check off list:


Arizona's Fight Against the Tech Talent Shortage
February 15, 2019

Right now, there are 7,000 unfilled cybersecurity jobs in Arizona alone. Nationally, we need an additional 400,000 security analysts, network engineers, vulnerability researchers, pen testers and other professionals to fight cybercrime and protect data. The Obama Administration estimated that the US would have 1.4 million computer science jobs by 2020—but only 400,000 computer science graduates to fill them.

How to Make a VR Movie
February 13, 2019

How do you make a Virtual Reality (VR) Movie? I’m sure you’ve tested out a VR headset, whether it be a game or a short film, and thought, “Wow, this is pretty cool! But how do they do it?" How do they make it so realistic, how do they place you inside the game or the film? What goes into making a VR movie?

Why You Should Study the Future
February 6, 2019

My Favorite Tech at CES 2019
January 25, 2019

I experienced tons of edgy, unique and, at times, borderline weird tech at CES 2019. But most vendors at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show presented products that aim to seamlessly infuse connectivity and artificial intelligence into people’s homes and lifestyles. The volume of inventions that focus on using these technologies to improve human’s lives and experiences nearly doubled from 2018. Entire halls encompassing hundreds of thousands of square feet were dedicated to this pursuit.


How to Network Your Way to a Job
January 23, 2019

Eighty precent of jobs are not posted online. So how do you find those open jobs and the hiring managers? An over-looked way to network with industry professionals or like-minded individuals is to join a group. Hiring managers specifically look for people who proactively contribute to their community, present at events and mentor others. But the benefits of joining a group go beyond just networking. Groups give you the social life that many people may leave behind due to their commitments to work/family/school.  

How To Teach Budgeting Skills
January 9, 2019

Students in math classes across the world often ask, "When am I ever going to use this?" No one asks that question in Professor Heather Peters' Business Math class at the University of Advancing Technology, where students learn life skills that they can actually use. 

Join Us Jan. 25th for the UAT Experience (UATx)
January 7, 2019

Embark on a quest to find your people. No longer feel lost in the crowd. At University of Advancing Technology, you will find fellow geeks who speak programming, cyber, gaming, esports, and cosplay.

Join us on 1/25/2019 and EXPERIENCE UATx. 

See why we believe it is the right choice for for future students interested in technology. Potential students have the opportunity to meet the faculty, tour the campus, play in our technology labs, and stay overnight in our dorm. 

Making Mobile Apps for Medical Students
January 2, 2019

Garrett Reuscher gets a kick out of surprising dental hygienists when he refers to his teeth by their number. Garrett has picked up a lot of medical terminology since he started working as an educational applications developer at a Western University of Health Sciences university, where he develops games and simulations to train medical students.

How to Write a College Application Essay like a Boss
December 19, 2018

Most college applications require an essay, which can intimitate and discourage some, but that's good news for go-getters like you! Following a few best practices will help you write a college application essay like a boss (and maybe even earn a scholarship and save a lot of money).

How to Teach Computer Science
December 7, 2018

Advancing Computer Science Professor Tony Hinton started coding when he was 12. But one boring computer class in college almost broke him. “It made me second guess whether I wanted to work with computers or not,” Tony lamented.

Reducing Risk, Improving Compliance & Lifting Weights
December 5, 2018

Cybersecurity may seem like an intimidating and overwhelming concept for people who do not know much about technology and information security, but others live for the challenge of deciphering the unknown and protecting the vulnerable. And that challenge excites and motivates UAT alumna and risk and compliance manager Terra Cooke.

UAT Hosts 'VR for Good 2018 Summit, Sponsored By VR Voice & Baltu Studios'
November 19, 2018

Tempe, Arizona - October 29, 2018 - On November 5 and 6, 2018, University of Advancing Technology (UAT) hosted the VR for Good 2018 Summit, sponsored by VR Voice and Baltu Studios.

UAT Digital Video Faculty & Students' Creation of "Bohemian Rhapsody: Star Wars Edition" Viral Hit Makes Resurgence
November 17, 2018


5 Soft Skills Tech Nerds Need
November 9, 2018

In my short time with UAT, I have been fortunate enough to interact with talented students, incredible professors and some top-notch industry professionals. The knowledge they have in STEM is awe-inspiring, but at the end of the day, to be successful in any industry, you must possess more than just technical skills.

UAT Robotics Professor Demonstrates Advancing Technology at CactusCon
October 19, 2018

UAT attended CactusCon 2017 in the Robotics Village on Saturday, October 1, at Phoenix Convention Center.


Game Professors Present VR at Science With A Twist
October 19, 2018

The Arizona Science Center is blowing up the night for a special adult-only event featuring a twist on science demos and experiments, a high energy DJ, specialty drinks and a presentation on "Animation and Virtual Reality" by UAT Game Studios Professors Jorge Portillo and Ben Reichert, who just returned from a week at E3, the Electronics Entertainment Expo in California.

Trading in 2D Art for 3D Art
October 17, 2018

John Goodall arrived at UAT like many freshmen, with a very specific career goal of becoming a 2D concept artist. Then he discovered 3D art. “I realized that was my home,” John said. “A lot of the pipelines for 3D art are the same or similar to real-time and pre-rendered projects,” he added.

Google Using Copyright Removals in Page Rank
October 12, 2018

Google has announced their search results algorithm this week will start taking into consideration copyright renewal notices. According to Amit Singhal, Google's SVP of Engineering, “Sites with high numbers of removal notices may appear lower in our results." That means Google is once again cracking down on duplicate content across the web.


UAT Hosted 2nd Annual Cyber Security Open House
October 12, 2018

UAT held the 2nd Annual Cyber Security Open House on Thursday, Oct. 12, in conjunction with the national cause, Cyber Security Awareness Month.


UAT Launches Certificate Programs in Cyber Security & Computer Science Programming
October 11, 2018

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.

UAT Promotes Cyber Security Awareness Month with Tips & Anecdotes
October 10, 2018

UAT has led the way in cyber security since the late 90s, writing the rule books for cyber security education in Arizona.


4 Elements of a Killer Cover Letter
October 10, 2018

You've copy and pasted your entire resume, checked all of the boxes and entered in all of your information. You hit "next" only to be faced with the (sometimes mandatory) option of uploading a cover letter. Thousands of people apply for jobs in the ultra-competitive tech field. How do you stand out?

Create a jQuery Website in a Day
October 5, 2018

jQuery and HTML5 are taking over the web.

5 Takeaways from Our First Stratospheric Balloon Launch
September 5, 2018

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.

Importance of Emotional Intelligence
August 2, 2018

In both your professional and personal life you will need to develop your emotional intelligence IQ which is usually referred to as your (EQ).

Global Game Jam Winners: ‘Transmissions’ Well Received
August 2, 2018

Last weekend, the Global Game Jam (GGJ) took place around the world with UAT listed as the home base for Arizona. UAT students, alumni and local game developers attended the Phoenix Global Game Jam revving out 48-hours of game development and judges said they were impressed!


Principles for Research
August 2, 2018

Information: Is It Reliable?

Information is not difficult to find. Search engines utilize web databases, reviewers’ blogs and RSS feeds. Practicing research techniques that help you become adept at locating the information you need is easy. But how do you know if the information is accurate or relevant?

Professor Vita-More Speaks at Extreme Futures Tech Festival
August 2, 2018

Professor Natasha Vita-More gave a talk virtually to Microsoft Main Campus for the Extreme Futures Tech Festival. Great people and much fun!


New NT Lab Equipment
August 2, 2018

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!

How does Blockchain Impact Privacy?
July 18, 2018

Blockchain believers hail the distributed ledger technology as a transformative means to enhance trust and transparency. But how does it impact privacy?


UAT Robotics Team Places at Embry Riddle VEX U Tournament
November 7, 2017

UAT Robotics students took a road trip to participate in the VEX U Robotics Tournament last weekend at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Arizona. While this is not a qualifier for VEX Worlds Championship, it does earn points for qualifying for Worlds.


Military Student Creates App for Army Physical Fitness Test
September 13, 2017

Written by game programming student William Mann.


When I was a soldier in the U.S. Army, I was responsible for being able to pass the Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT) and for meeting the weight standards for my age, height, and gender.

UPDATE: UAT Student Competed in Unspoken VR Game Tournament
July 13, 2017

Alumni Jesse Rogers, who studied Game Design at UAT, had the chance to compete in the final stage of Oculus's The Unspoken VR Tournament for Oculus Rift Touch last month in New York City. Because Jesse made it to the Top 8, he won airfare and a hotel stay in New York City so he could participate in the finals.

University of Advancing Technology Hosts STEM Workshops in Partnership with New Girl Scout Summer Camp
June 13, 2017

UAT Professors Present Technology Topics to Local Girl Scout Camp


UAT is doing its part to encourage more females to explore a future in technology. Last week on June 7, UAT kicked off hosting a series of technology-themed workshops for residents of the newly opened Girl Scout camp, the Bob and Renee Parsons Leadership Center for Girls and Women at Camp South Mountain, which opened last April. The Campaign for Girls in Arizona is an effort by Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council to achieve better outcomes for Arizona’s girls.

AZ TechCelerator Student Innovation Challenge
July 20, 2012

AZ TechCelerator and UAT have partnered in offering a chance at a full year of rent and support at the AZ TechCelerator office in Surprise, Arizona.


New gTLD Applications Revealed From ICANN
June 14, 2012

Yesterday ICANN revealed applications from about 500 companies for new generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs) that could devalue the coveted .com extension and open up a barrage of legal issues. The close to 2,000 domains, also referred to as strings, look like .aaa, .hotels, or .ibm. If you notice, there's no need for an extension such as .com or .net because the gTLDs are essentially the same thing -- except anyone can purchase them. But before you plan on buying .yourname you might want to know how much the gTLDs cost.


SEO: What To Do With Duplicate Content
May 1, 2012

Google's search algorithm looks down upon duplicate content.

So what do you do if you have multiple pages with duplicate content? Google's WebMaster blog clues you in to several different methods of addressing duplicate content. Check out the options below and choose which method suits you best.