The Northwestern MEL is looking for an Undergraduate Research Assistant for Summer Quarter

The Mechanics and Energy Laboratory of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department within theMcCormick School of Engineering, directed by Prof. Alessandro Rotta Loria, is looking to hire an undergraduate student between June 17th and August 23rd to develop a research project as part of the Undergraduate Research Assistant Program (URAP). The URAP is designed to help students of all disciplines get started in research and aims at pairing students who are new to research with a faculty mentor. All URAP positions are paid. The project is expected to last 6 weeks of full-time equivalent work.

Additional details on the considered research project can be found here:

In addition to the previous job description, please visit the Office of Undergraduate Website to find eligibility guidelines, application instructions, expectations and tips for preparing your resume and cover letter, a link to the application site, and FAQsApplications for this positions will be accepted until 5/27/19 (you need a resume and cover letter to apply).

Prof. Rotta Loria delivers a 1-day training within the EMI Conference at Caltech

Interested in expanding your knowledge on the theoretical essentials governing the multiphysyical behavior of geomaterials and the practical application of these concepts to the analysis and design of geostructures that can provide renewable energy? You are welcome to join the 1-day training entitled “Multiphysical Analysis and Modeling of Energy Geostructures” that is going to be delivered by Prof. Rotta Loria prior to the Engineering Mechanics Institute Conference at the California Institute of Technology on June 17, 2019.


Welcome to the MEL

Professor Rotta Loria welcomes you to the Mechanics and Energy Laboratory of Northwestern

We work at the interface of the fields of geomechanics, structural mechanics and energy to solve critical questions and problems related to three interconnected scopes:

  1. The understanding of the mechanical behavior of geomaterials under multiphysyical conditions that are associated, for example, to energy production and storage, and the modification of the properties and structure of such materials for engineered applications;
  2. The analysis and design of novel multifunctional geotechnologies that can serve the built and natural environments in a variety of roles, such as structural support, energy supply and hazard prevention means;
  3. The conceptual development of geosystems and urban networks wherein the subsurface is employed as a new spatial, material and resourceful medium for the sustainability and development of human activity with a limited impact on the environment.

To address the previous challenges, we perform theoretical and experimental research activities that address a multitude of scales: from the scale of the particles that constitute the investigated materials to the scale of cities. The ultimate goal of our activities is to achieve groundbreaking results for the advancement of science and engineering, and the improvement of our lives.

The employment of our theories and results aims to develop new (i) materials, (ii) technologies and (iii) systems that allow for the achievement of efficient energy harvesting and storage applications, the development of resilient structures and infrastructures, the prevention or mitigation of natural hazards, and the establishment of built environments that can adapt their response to meet human activity needs.