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Alessandro Rotta Loria

Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering


2145 Sheridan Road
Tech A120
Evanston, IL 60208-3109

847-467-1340Email Alessandro Rotta Loria


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Civil and Environmental Engineering


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

M.Sc. in Building Engineering, Politecnico di Torino 

B.Sc. in Building Engineering, Politecnico di Torino

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

  • DFI Educational Trust Young Professor Paper Competition, 2018
  • Most cited article in the journal Geomechanics for Energy and the Environment, 2017
  • EPFL Earth Sciences and Engineering best paper award, 2017
  • Optime Award for excellence in M.Sc. studies, 2013

Significant Professional Service

  • Co-founder, C.E.O., GEOEG, 2018-present
  • Early Career Editorial Associate, Geomechanics for Energy and Environment Journal, 2018-present
  • Member of the International Society for Porous Media, 2018-present
  • Member of the 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

Selected Publications

    Laloui L. and Rotta Loria A.F. (2019) Analysis and design of energy geostructures, Elsevier