Prof. Alessandro Rotta Loria receives the IACMAG Promising Investigator Award

Alessandro Rotta Loria, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, received the Promising Investigator Contest (e-PIC) Award from the International Association for Computer Methods and Advances in Geomechanics  (IACMAG) on Thursday, May 6th at a “warming-up event” to the 16th IACMAG International Conference to be held in Torino, Italy next summer. The IACMAG e-PIC award recognizes promising young geotechnical engineer whose research makes a significant contribution to the geomechanics field and provides them with the opportunity to deliver a plenary lecture at the quadrennial IACMAG conference. The prize is given every 4 years to researchers who are 35 years old or younger at the date of the IACMAG conference and submit a sole author paper to the event. Prof. Rotta Loria won the e-PIC prize for his paper titled “Analytical Modelling of Energy Geostructures,” which he will present during a plenary lecture at the 16th International IACMAG Conference at the end of August, 2022.

Prof. Rotta Loria develops fundamental research at the intersection of Geomechanics, Energy, and Environmental Sustainability, focusing on the understanding of the mechanics of geological materials in the context of energy transfers. The work he performs with his group in the Mechanics and Energy Lab (MEL) at Northwestern ultimately aims to develop the cities of tomorrow – highly sustainable and resilient environments benefitting from advances in underground construction and subsurface energy production and storage.

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