Principal Investigator

Education

  • Ph.D. in Mechanics, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), 2017

  • M.Sc. in Building Engineering, Politecnico di Torino, 2013

  • B.Sc. in Building Engineering, Politecnico di Torino, 2011

Professional experience and appointments

Tenure Track Assistant Professor, Northwestern University, 2019 – present

Visiting Professor, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, summer 2019

Appointed Tenure Track Assistant Professor, Northwestern University, 2018

Post-Doctoral Researcher, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, 2018

Co-founder, C.E.O., GEOEG, 2018 – present

Professional Engineering Consultant, 2017 – present

Ph.D. Student, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, 2013 – 2018

Visiting Ph.D. Student, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, 2013

Research Student, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, 2013

Research interests

Professor Rotta Loria is interested in fundamental and applied problems centered on the mechanics of geomaterials and structural systems in the context of energy production and storage. These problems are addressed through theoretical and experimental studies, and include, without being limited to, the following subjects: (i) the understanding and modification of the properties and behavior of geomaterials for engineered purposes; (ii) the analysis of the interactions between novel multifunctional geostructures and the subsurface; and (iii) the conceptual development and modeling of connected geosystems that can serve present and future urban environments with multiple integrated roles. These subjects are addressed through investigations covering different time and length scales, ranging from seconds to decades as well as from nanometers to kilometers, respectively. The ultimate goal of these investigations is to develop competence serving the achievement of efficient energy harvesting and storage applications through the subsurface, the development of resilient structures and infrastructures, the prevention or mitigation of natural hazards, and the establishment of natural and built environments that can adapt their engineering qualities.

Significant recognition

Most cited article in the journal Geomechanics for Energy and the Environment (Reference: Rotta Loria, A. F., Gunawan, A., Shi, C., Laloui, L. and Ng, C. W. W. (2015) “Numerical modelling of energy piles in saturated sand subjected to thermo-mechanical loads.” Geomechanics for Energy and the Environment 1(1):1-15), 2015-2019

Zeno Karl Schindler Foundation Award, 2019 (Personal prize awarded by the Research Commission of the EPFL on behalf of the Zeno Karl Schindler Foundation to distinguish a research work of particular excellence in the field of environmental sciences and/or sustainability)

Most downloaded article in the journal Geomechanics for Energy (Reference: Rotta Loria, A. F., Bocco, M., Garbellini, C., Muttoni, A. and Laloui, L. (2019) “The role of thermal loads in the performance-based design of energy piles.” Geomechanics for Energy and the Environment 21:100153), 2019 – present

Reviewer of excellence, 2018 (Recognition for the significant contributions made to the quality of the journal Geomechanics for Energy and the Environment)

Most cited article in the journal Computers and Geotechnics (Reference: Di Donna, A., Rotta Loria, A. F., and Laloui, L. (2016) “Numerical study on the response of a group of energy piles under different combinations of thermo-mechanical loads.” Computers and Geotechnics 72(1):126-142), 2017-2018 

Climate Launchpad Global Final, 3rd place over 2600 projects – Enerdrape, 2019

Climate Launchpad Swiss National Final Winner, Switzerland – Enerdrape, 2019

Task Force Leader, Academia-Industry Partnership for Innovation in Energy Geotechnics, International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, TC 308, 2019

DFI Educational Trust Young Professor Paper Competition Winner, 2018

Most downloaded article in the journal Geomechanics for Energy and the Environment (Reference: Rotta Loria, A. F., Vadrot, A. and Laloui, L. (2018) “Analysis of the vertical displacement of energy pile groups.” Geomechanics for Energy and the Environment), 2018 – present

Nominee for best Ph.D. Thesis, EPFL (Reference: Rotta Loria, A. F. (2018) “Thermo-mechanical performance of energy pile groups.” Ph.D. Thesis. Supervised by Prof. Lyesse Laloui), 2018

EPFL Earth Sciences and Engineering best paper award, 2017

Most cited article in the journal Geomechanics for Energy and the Environment (Reference: Rotta Loria, A. F., Gunawan, A., Shi, C., Laloui, L. and Ng, C. W. W. (2015) “Numerical modelling of energy piles in saturated sand subjected to thermo-mechanical loads.” Geomechanics for Energy and the Environment 1(1):1-15), 2015 – 2016

Most downloaded article in the journal Computers and Geotechnics (Reference: Rotta Loria, A. F. and Laloui, L. (2016) “The interaction factor method for energy pile groups.” Computers and Geotechnics 80:121-137), 2016 – 2017

Most downloaded article in the journal Geomechanics for Energy and the Environment (Reference: Rotta Loria, A. F., Gunawan, A., Shi, C., Laloui, L. and Ng, C. W. W. (2015) “Numerical modelling of energy piles in saturated sand subjected to thermo-mechanical loads.” Geomechanics for Energy and the Environment 1(1):1-15), 2015 – present

Top 25 hottest article in the journal Computers and Geotechnics (Reference: Rotta Loria, A. F., Orellana, F., Minardi, A., Furbringer, J.-M. and Laloui, L. (2015) “Predicting the axial capacity of piles in sand.” Computers and Geotechnics 69(1):485-495), 2015 – 2016

Optime Award for excellence in M.Sc. studies, 2013

Winter School in Accessibility with ThyssenKrupp Encasa Award, 2013

Ivrea Gas Agency award for excellence in B.Sc. studies, 2011

Professional qualifications and affiliations

Member, American Society of Civil Engineers, 2020-present

Member, Geo-Institute Institute (US National Society of ISSMGE), 2020-present

Member, Géotechnique Suisse (Swiss National Society of ISSMGE), 2020-present

Member, Young Presidential Group, ISSMGE, 2019-present

Member, Engineering Mechanics Institute, 2019-present

Member, PoroNet International Community, 2019-present

Affiliated Faculty Member, Center for Engineering Sustainability and Resilience, Northwestern University, 2019-present

Affiliated Faculty Member, Center for Science and Protection of Engineered Environments, Northwestern University, 2019-present

Editorial Associate, Geomechanics for Energy and Environment, 2018-present

Member, International Society for Porous Media, 2018-present

Member, Deep Foundations Institute, 2017-present

Reviewer for the international scientific journals: Applied Energy; Cold Regions Science and Technology; Computers and Geotechnics; Energy; Engineering Geology; Geomechanics for Energy and the Environment; Géotechnique Letters; International Journal for Numerical and Analytical Methods in Geomechanics; Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering; Renewable Energy; Science of the Total Environment; Soils and Foundations , 2017-present

Professional Civil and Environmental Engineer Qualification, Italian Order of Engineers, 2017

Safety Coordinator for Construction Sites Qualification (Italian D.lgs. 81/2008), 2011