Software Engineering Careers and Outlook - 2024 Guide
January 14, 2022 | by UAT Staff Writer

So, You Want To Be A Wizard?—I mean, Software Engineer! 

Software Engineer. This title has a mysterious ring to it. And it should. Software engineers are the closest things to wizards we have these days.  

UAT Holds Virtual App-It-Up Contest
October 7, 2020 | by UAT Staff Writer


Scott Velasquez - UAT Game Studies Alumni Highlight
April 29, 2020 | by UAT Staff Writer

Scott Velasquez

Happy Ada Lovelace Day!
October 8, 2019 | by UAT Staff Writer

by Taylor Nakakihara


On Tuesday, October 8th we celebrate the achievements of women in STEM on Ada Lovelace Day. UAT takes pride in our support of girls and women in tech. We collaborate with the Girl Scouts of Cactus-Pine and the Boys and Girls Club on the development of STEM curricula for their organizations. It is our pleasure to continually support the events and efforts of Girls in Tech, Girls Who Code, Girls Rule Foundation, ISAACA She Leads Tech, Women Techmakers, Phoenix Women IT Unite, and more.

S#!T—Watch Your Language!
July 1, 2019 | by Mike Hines

Playing online video games is like running through a minefield of curse words. Watch Your Language is a tool kit trying to make the gaming experience more family friendly.


This Student Innovation Project (SIP), created by duo Rocky Vargas and Michael Shepherd, monitors what players are saying and flags inappropriate words. Rocky explains, “Our innovation claim is that gameplay is intensified by turning to foul language gamers use into a mechanic for punishment.”


There isn’t anything for gaming that uses speech recognition this way. If Watch Your Language detects vulgar words, alarms sound and the monitor will display the word. This mechanic is meant to monitor in real-time and can be universally used because there is a coded element that can be written for any word.


Because of the code, this technology can expand into more than just the gaming industry. Software and other technologies written in code can apply Watch Your Language if it’s compatible with a microphone.


Rocky wrote the original code to detect specific words and activated the streaming portion of this SIP. Michael polished the code and hooked it all up.


Do you want to drive the future of games? Check out UAT’s Game Programming degree.

Arizona's Fight Against the Tech Talent Shortage
February 15, 2019 | by UAT Staff Writer

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.

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