TEMPE, Ariz., Nov. 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- University of Advancing Technology (UAT) becomes first University in Arizona to launch a digital maker fabrication lab on campus: the UAT Makers Fab Lab.
On the heels of the lab opening mid-October 2013, University officials are enrolling students into the nation's first fully accredited Bachelor of Science degree in digital making and fabrication. The new degree will combine the curriculums and capability of UAT's existing and respected degrees in Robotics and Embedded Systems, Artificial Life Programming, Advancing Computer Science, Technology Product Design, Virtual Modeling and Design and Human-Computer Interaction.
Located on the technology University's campus in Tempe, the UAT Makers Fab Lab is equipped with the latest 3D printers, maker bots, CNC cutters and the software and knowledge guidance that students need to bring innovative ideas to life. Modeled from the design of MIT's first Fab Lab community, UAT plans to join together the student communities already leveraging the new lab from many other UAT disciplines to start the first student facilitated and University-sponsored Digital Makers Lab organization. The Digital Makers Lab is designed to foster creativity and challenge student innovators with a 24/7 environment for those who seek to lead the new industrial revolution driven by the convergence of advancing technologies.Since the dawn of the computer revolution more than 30 years ago, UAT, a highly respected, private and fully accredited University in Tempe, AZ has accumulated a remarkable history of developing elite advancing technology degree programs. UAT bachelor and master level degrees are focused around preparing this country's technologists to help lead and supply the continual need for technology innovators created by the constant progressions of new technology. University President Jason Pistillo says, "We have always had student success with dual technology majors who have been able to combine multiple disciplines for a real advantage once they graduated. The new digital maker and fabrication degree major takes this value equation and multiplies it exponentially for the student. Digital Making and Fabrication will be a degree major that's a product of converging digital disciplines we already offer that are materializing as something completely different when we combine the curriculums and the disciplines. We believe it's time to put the components together with a fully accredited major and degree program that provides graduates with a respected bachelor's level foundation within a STEM based general education curriculum and a major in digital maker or digital fabrication." UAT believes there will be a shortage of those that will posses the capability to fulfill the yet unseen demand for industry, business and government that will be created by the new digital maker and fabrication movement: think web developers and computer programmers in the late 90's.