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Emelie Wibron, doctoral student at the research subject Fluid Mechanics, Luleå University of Technology. Photo: Ted Karlsson.

"My research is about cooling of data centers"

Published: 6 October 2015

Emelie Wibron play floorball in IKSU and is a new PhD-student at Fluid Mechanics at Luleå University of Technology. Here she talks about her research and how she manages to combine PhD-studies with elite sport.

Hi Emelie! Where are you from?

– I'm from Sundsvall, but moved to Umeå when I started high school.

What did you study after high school?

– I started to read the MSc Programme in Engineering Physics at Umeå University. After three years, I decided to take a Bachelor's degree instead and started the master's program in applied mechanics at Chalmers. I focused on fluid mechanics because it is the subject that has interested me most during my studies.

When did you at Luleå University of Technology?

– I wrote my thesis at Luleå University in the spring of 2015. When I used CFD simulations to evaluate different methods for cooling the server in a data center. I started as a PhD on the topic Fluid Mechanics in August.

What will you do research in?

– I will continue in the area I did my thesis, that is, cooling of data centers. Exactly what direction the project will take is still not decided.

What is it that makes your subject interesting?

– The number of data centers worldwide is increasing all the time and they account for a massive electricity consumption. Therefore, it is important to try to ensure that both the data centers that already exist and those that will be built in the future are as much energy efficient as possible.

What was it that attracted you to become a PhD-student?

– Above all, I wanted to immerse myself even more in fluid mechanics and I liked very much to be at Luleå University of Technology when I did my thesis here. That it also works great to combine with floorball on elite level is obviously a big plus.

You work in Luleå, but plays floorball in Umeå?

– I'm up in Luleå a few days each week. But I still live in Umeå, so the remainder of the week, I work at distance.

Tell us about your elite career, playing with IKSU and you have also played for the Swedish national team. What goals do you have?

– Now I play my sixth season in IKSU. This has resulted in, among other things, a national championship and three finals. Last year we went out in the semifinals, so the big goal right now is to win the national championship this season. Moreover, it is the World Cup with the national team in December and it would obviously be very fun to be there, where the goal is also to win gold.

How do you keep up with both research studies and floorball?

– I have always been very ambitious in terms of both studies and floorball. With good planning, it is possible to combine, and I usually manage to have full focus on what I should do for the moment even though it may seem stressful at times. I quickly becomes restless if I have little to do, so I'm used to having a fully booked calendar.