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FAU’s Frontiers in Science Presents ‘Ocean Energy: What’s the Big Deal?’

BOCA RATON, FL (February 16, 2010) – Florida Atlantic University’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Science will continue its 2010 Frontiers in Science spring public lecture series with a presentation by Dr. Rick Driscoll, associate professor and researcher of ocean engineering in the College of Engineering and Computer Science at FAU’s SeaTech campus in Dania Beach..  “Ocean Energy:  What’s the Big Deal?” will take place on Friday, February 19 at 3:30 p.m. in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Biomedical Science,  Room 126, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus.  
          “The United States is striving to shed our dependence on fossil fuels and utilize sustainable, clean, renewable and domestic energy sources,” said Driscoll. “The nation is vast and has many sources of energy that match these criteria, including wind, solar, hydro and geothermal energy. But one energy source that is often overlooked is ocean energy.” 

Driscoll will discuss the opportunity that Florida has to establish itself as a world leader in ocean energy.  Florida is a peninsula with the longest coastline in the continental United States and also is home to some of the world’s best ocean energy sources with high base-load electricity generating potential.  According to Driscoll, the energetic waters located close to shore, coupled with local need, provides a tremendous opportunity for Florida to establish itself as a world leader in ocean energy while supplying Floridians with meaningful amounts of clean renewable energy.

Driscoll received his Ph.D. from Victoria, British Columbia in Canada in multidisciplinary areas of both mechanical engineering and Earth and ocean science. He was honored with FAU’s “Researcher of the Year” award in 2004. 

             This lecture is free and open to the public, and is sponsored by the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science and supported by FAU’s Lifelong Learning Society Endowed Professorship.

             The reception that follows the program is made possible by the Warren Lloyd Holtzman Seed Grant, a component of the Community Foundation of the New River Valley.

  For more information, contact Patsy Jones at 561-297-1307 or


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