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

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

Tenure Track Assistant Professor, Northwestern University, 2019 – present

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 involve different subjects and scales that include, without being limited to: (i) the understanding and modification of the multiphysical behavior of geomaterials, from the particle to the continuum scale; (ii) the characterization and analysis of the multiphysical interactions between novel multifunctional structures and the subsurface, at the continuum scale; and (iii) the conceptual development and modelling of multifunctional urban systems via innovative structural networks, at the city scale.

Significant recognition

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)

Climate Launchpad Start-up National 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, Representative for the United States of America, Young Presidential Group, International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, 2019-present

Member, Engineering Mechanics Institute, 2019-present

Member, American Society of Civil Engineers, 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

Early Career 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: Renewable Energy; Energy; Applied Energy; Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering; Geomechanics for Energy and the Environment; Computers and Geotechnics; Géotechnique Letters; Engineering Geology; Cold Regions Science and Technology, 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