Undergraduate Research & Scholarships

Ella Herbert

Sustainable Subsea Networks Project

This project is dedicated to improving sustainability in the field of subsea telecommunications. We examine three key aspects of telecommunications: data centers and sustainability metrics, materials used in manufacturing, and marine infrastructure built for the subsea cables. My work on sustainability metrics in data centers includes compiling literature reviews, writing articles for industry magazines, assembling research papers, attending industry conferences, and working with the industry to advocate for sustainability in this crucial aspect of digital infrastructure. We aim to standardize sustainability in subsea telecommunications networks to secure a greener future for an increasingly digitized world.

Message To Sponsor

Thank you so much for the opportunity to continue my work on this project over the summer! While learning about how climate change and manmade infrastructure harm the environment in my studies, actively working against these historical trends to create a more positive future is extremely gratifying. Throughout this project, I have been able to talk to industry members which has shown me how much education and work on sustainability is needed. I am extremely grateful to have the opportunity to create meaningful change in the world through this project.
Major: Environmental Science
Mentor: Nicole Starosielski, Film and Media Studies
Sponsor: Hampson Fund
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