U.S. Senator John Boozman visits Department, Cyber Arena, and EAC

US Senator Boozman in EAC

United States Senator John Boozman recently visited campus. Senator Boozman toured the Department of Computer Science as well as the Emerging Analytics Center and Trojan Cyber Arena.

“The important research conducted at UA Little Rock is leading to breakthroughs and discoveries that enable us to better safeguard our country against emerging threats. I’m proud to support the development of innovative strategies advanced by UA Little Rock researchers that offer solutions to enhance our national security and preparedness.”
– US Senator John Boozman

UA Little Rock has received numerous grants and has created partnerships for workforce education and cybersecurity. The grants are helping UA Little Rock to provide K-12 cybersecurity education to students in Arkansas as well as development of the country’s first graduate certificate in cybersecurity education. A Cybersecurity Workforce Certificate Program for first responders is now available as well.

“The State of Arkansas is providing outstanding support for research and teaching in computer science and cybersecurity. The federal support Sen. Boozman has secured for productive research programs at UA Little Rock is producing actionable results for the state and the nation. We are genuinely appreciative that the senator took the time to review the funded research projects.”
– Dr. Al Baker, Department of Computer Science Chair

Senator Boozman met several students in the Cyber Arena who are enrolled in the new BS Cybersecurity degree program. This program is striving to produce qualified cybersecurity professionals, which are highly sought after across the county.

“We appreciate Sen. Boozman’s work to bring cybersecurity workforce development and research opportunities to Arkansas. Our students have tremendous talent and creativity in developing solutions to defend the nation, and the senator works hard to continue providing them with opportunities to make use of those talents.”
– Dr. Philip Huff – Director of Cybersecurity Research

While visiting the Emerging Analytics Center, Senator Boozman saw the work undergraduate and graduate students are doing to enhance the security of the US border.

Our team in the Emerging Analytics Center showcased their work on automated detection of organic threats in x-ray scans for Sen. Boozman. Throughout this project, the senator has emphasized the importance of innovating border security and has helped us tremendously in securing funding for developing tools and techniques to meet this national priority.
– Dr. Jan Springer, EAC Director

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