FAU Stories

Owls are making a difference in their communities and around the world. The University is extraordinarily proud of the accomplishments of our students, faculty, staff and alumni.
Alumni Stories
Two men staning in from of heap of garbage in a warehouse with shirts that say 4Ocean and the 4Ocean logo in the background on the wall.
Fighting Ocean Plastic
While on a post-graduation surf trip, FAU alumni Andrew Cooper and Alex Schulze were devastated by the amount of plastic they encountered on remote beaches. The experience inspired them to launch a company that has pulled more than 5 million pounds of plastic from the ocean.
Steve Swanson standing in front of a podium at FAU event
Astronaut Steve Swanson
Alumnus Steve Swanson, a three-time space flight astronaut, discusses his 28-year career with NASA.
Two women standing in fromnt of a poster smiling
Music Therapy for Alzheimer’s
Two alumnae created an organization, Mind & Melody, that uses music to improve the quality of life for individuals with neurological impairments including dementia and Alzheimer's.
An older man fixing the lapel of a younger man
Community Change Maker
Alumnus Jervonte Edmonds talks about his organization, Suits For Seniors, and its success helping students prepare for college.
Five people posing with beer kegs in front of the Islamorada Beer Company sign
Islamorada Beer Company
Inspired by the South Florida lifestyle, four alumni founded a craft beer company that has become a well-known name in the region.
Jan Bednar in warehouse
Reinventing eCommerce
The brainchild of alumnus Jan Bednar, ShipMonk helps small businesses grow by offering technology-driven solutions to fulfill orders. What started as an award-winning business plan has become an international operation.
Frantz Junior Cherilus
Rich Men Looks
Frantz Junior Cherilus combined his affinity for fashion with business savvy to bring affordable fashion and the mobile boutique trend to South Florida.
Student Stories
Leona Robinson
First and Proud
Leona Robinson, like many FAU students, is the first in her family to attend a four-year university. She credits FAU’s Center for First-Generation Student Success with helping her family navigate college life. Now an upperclassman, she’s giving back to other first-generation students as a campus leader.
Three students looking at a laptop working.
Lock-it Plates
Alumni-founded lockable food container company, Lock It Plates, has eliminated more than 8,000 foam plates and 75,000 foam boxes from FAU's dining hall in one year.
Two students lean over the side of a boat in the ocean and pull a black tip shark up to them using a rope. A female student is tagging the shark's fin.
Tracking Black Tip Sharks
Student Danielle Bartz has always loved sharks, so she jumped at the opportunity to intern with an FAU professor who is an expert in shark migration.
Female student building a concrete wall with a trowel and a bucket beside her.
Rebuilding Haiti
FAU student Kestride Estil researches how to solve the housing situation in Haiti while clearing up construction debris caused by the 2010 earthquake.
A monkey standing in the trees.
Studying Urban Monkeys
Students and research faculty in FAU’s Anthropology lab study wild monkeys living in Dania Beach.
A manatee swimming through the ocean.
FPL Manatee Experts
Florida Power and Light's Manatee Lagoon invites the public to observe manatees in the wild and employs FAU students to serve as manatee experts.
Cristina Silva walking with coast guard helicopter in background.
Preparing to Pilot
Cristina Silva earned her degree in mechanical engineering from FAU as an active member of the U.S. Coast Guard College Student Commissioning Initiative (CSPI).