Laboratory of Soil Mechanics

The annual intensive Course on Energy Geostructures: Analysis and Design for 2023 is now open for applications. Preview the program and the presenters on the dedicated webpage.

The research on the Chicago underground by Prof. Alessandro Rotta Loria, CTO of Enerdrape and LMS alumni, is featured in The New York Times.

Congratulations to Dr. Angelica Tuttomondo et. al.

“Here at the Laloui Group, our experimental and modelling expertise allows us to explore the mechanical properties of the ground beneath our feet. Our aim is to ensure a safe and sustainable future for us all by addressing the challenges of climate change, global energy demand, sustainable urban design and construction and safe and environmentally friendly waste disposal systems, through the development of unique analytical tools and innovative technologies.”

-Professor Lyesse Laloui, Director

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