4ocean Joins Research Park at Florida Atlantic University®

By brittany sylvestri | 3/4/2020

The Research Park at Florida Atlantic University® has announced that 4ocean, a public benefit corporation founded by two Florida Atlantic University alumni in 2017, will relocate its corporate headquarters to join the Research Park at FAU.

“Partnerships like this are extremely important in advancing our mission to end the ocean plastic crisis,” said Desmond Reese, director of operations at 4ocean.

4ocean’s mission is to end the ocean plastic pollution crisis through global cleanup operations and a variety of methods that help stop plastic pollution at its source. The Research Park at FAU was the ideal location for future growth and innovation because it offers an opportunity to collaborate with FAU’s faculty and students on research and development, Reese said. 

Initially, faculty and staff from FAU’s College of Engineering & Computer Science will work with the professionals at 4ocean on projects such as:

  • Developing enhanced methodologies to track ocean clean-up volumes in real-time
  • Qualitative inquiry using case or phenomilogical method to study of the impact of cleaning waste from specific coastal and river outflow locations
  • Developing additional clean-up operation tools and increasing its efficiency at interruption, capture, and prevention ocean inflow waste in remote regions
  • Developing datasets and tracking models

The research park is focused on supporting research and development at FAU and fostering economic diversification and development in Palm Beach and Broward counties.

“The arrival of 4ocean is very exciting,” said Andrew Duffell, president of the Research Park at FAU. “It offers real-world research opportunities for both the faculty and students at FAU who can see how two of their fellow alumni are making a positive impact on our environment through entrepreneurship.”  

For more information on the Research Park at FAU, visit www.research-park.org.