Mainstream Technologies Sponsors Upgrade of UALR Computer Forensics Lab

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Investing in Arkansas’ future workforce

Mainstream Technologies recently donated funds to upgrade a computer forensics lab at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. According to John Burgess, president of Mainstream Technologies and a 1988 alumnus of UA Little Rock: “UA Little Rock graduates make up the largest segment of our workforce. We depend on the quality graduates we’ve come to expect from UA Little Rock and EIT. We need them to hit the ground running when they arrive on the job. We’re proud to be associated with this computer forensics lab where students can hone their skills and prepare for their future careers.”

“This is a great day for the Donaghey College of Engineering and Information Technology,” Dean Lawrence Whitman said. “A key part of our mission is to produce career-ready graduates for the workforce. Mainstream Technologies has generously donated to restructure the lab.”

Dr. Carolina Cruz-Neira, interim chair of the Department of Computer Science and director of the Emerging Analytics Center, added: “I think this is wonderful. The computer science department is evolving into a fresh new department that is more connected to industry and business partners who need our graduates. Mainstream Technologies is showing confidence that this new evolution is moving in the right direction. We are tremendously appreciative of this vote of confidence. Many students will benefit from this lab.”

UA Little Rock named its computer forensics lab in honor of Mainstream Technologies during an Oct. 12 ceremony showcasing the lab. Mainstream Technologies’ sponsorship of the lab will cover upgrades to the lab technology, including separating the computer lab’s network from the campus network. This will prevent the university’s network from being impacted while students at the lab are practicing computer forensics and cyber security skills.


Since 1996, Mainstream ( has evolved into one of the most established IT services companies in the Mid-South, serving clients from its Arkansas locations including headquarters in Little Rock, a second operations facility in Conway, as well as a sales office in Bentonville. Their staff of information technology professionals serves business and government customers across the nation with Managed IT Services, Custom Software Development Services, Cyber Security Services, and Hosting.

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