Heidi L Morgan



Ph.D. Information Communication Technology, Erasmus University
M.A. English, Florida International University
B.S. Education, University of Miami


Dr. Morgan’s research area is the development and operation of high performance international wide-area submarine cable networks that support research and education collaborations between the US and Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa.  Her team has implemented a production SDN network of 630G capacity that connects exchange points in Brazil, Chile, Panama, Puerto Rico, and others to the AMPATH International Exchange Point for Research & Education in Miami at the NAP of the Americas.  Morgan works closely with the Center for Internet Augmented Research & Assessment (CIARA) at Florida International University, which she co-founded in 2003.

Heidi is a Co-Principal Investigator (PI) for several NSF funded projects including:

IRNC: Backbone: AmLight Express and Protect (ExP), [Co-PI] AmLight ExP will be a reliable, leading-edge infrastructure for research and education.

AmLight ExP In-band Network Telemetry (INT) Supplement project is a coordinated project with industrial partners to develop a hardware-software solution capable of performing in-band network telemetry using the P4 language.

IRNC: RXP: AtlanticWave - Software Defined Exchange: A Distributed Intercontinental Experimental Software Defined Exchange (SDX) [Co-PI] A distributed experimental SDX will provide an environment for development and prototyping of functions and services essential towards advancing knowledge to support end-to-end services, capable of spanning multiple SDN domains.

LSST Construction: Construction of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) [Co-PI] to provide an Advanced International Network for the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST)

IRNC: Backbone: Americas Africa Research and eduCation Lightpaths (AARCLight) [Co-PI] planning project is largely based on the planned availability of submarine cable spectrum for use by research and education communities in the U.S., Africa, and Brazil.

AmLight-EXP SACS Light Supplement is activating the spectrum on SACS, and then interconnecting South Atlantic Cable System (SACS) to both the West African Cable System (WACS) and Monet cables has the potential to improve science flows between diverse research and education communities collaborating in the U.S., Africa, and Brazil.

AMPATH International Exchange Point in Miami. Heidi enjoys working to advance research and education networking initiatives in the Caribbean, Mexico, Central and South America and collaborating with like-minded professionals in the US and around the world.