Prof. Alessandro Rotta Loria is the recipient of the 2019 Zeno Karl Schindler (ZKS) Prize. The ZKS Prize is a personal award that is assigned by the Research Commission of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) on behalf of the Zeno Karl Schindler Foundation. The purpose of the Zeno Karl Schindler/EPFL Prize is to distinguish a research work of particular excellence performed at EPFL in the field of sustainability and/or environmental sciences.
The ZKS Prize is yearly assigned to one awardee selected by a panel of distinguished scientists from a list of candidates spanning across the entire EPFL. This year, Prof. Rotta Loria was awarded the ZKS Prize “for his groundbreaking investigations and exceptional contributions to the understanding of the behavior of energy geostructures. His discoveries allowed the establishment of fundamental concepts for the design of geo-energy infrastructures.” The considered investigations fall within one of the core areas of expertise of Prof. Rotta Loria about multiphysical and multiscale interactions between the built environment and the shallow subsurface, which will be further developed within the Mechanics and Energy Laboratory that he is directing in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Northwestern University.