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Lorenzo Rosa

Lorenzo Rosa is a Principal Investigator at Carnegie Institution for Science. Lorenzo is also an Assistant Professor (by courtesy) in the Doerr School of Sustainability at Stanford University. Prior to joining Carnegie, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Institute of Energy and Process Engineering at ETH Zurich. He holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Science from University of California Berkeley, and a B.S. and M.S. in Environmental Engineering from Politecnico di Milano, Italy. 

​Dr. Rosa's research program seeks to measure ways to boost agricultural productivity and foster agricultural, energy, and water sustainability. He quantifies the challenges posed by climate change to agriculture and assesses various strategies for reducing the environmental impacts of farming. Dr. Rosa has produced impactful and actionable research that informs sustainable development policies as well as investments to promote food and water security. His research aims to assess the potential benefits and unintended climate and environmental consequences of innovations engineered to satisfy the increasing global demands for energy, water, and food.

​Dr. Rosa’s contributions to science and society have been recognized through multiple awards, including the 2019 American Geophysical Union (AGU) Hydrology Research Grant and the 2021 AGU Science for Solutions Award. The latter award is given “for significant contributions in the application and use of the Earth and space sciences to solve societal problems,” and in Dr. Rosa’s case recognized his contributions to understanding global water-energy-food linkages and solutions to benefit humanity and nature. The AGU is the primary professional society in Dr. Rosa’s field, and these awards are extremely selective and highly prestigious. In addition to these awards, he was also listed among the most influential young leaders in Science and Technology of the year 2020 by Forbes 30 Under 30.

​Dr. Rosa is an avid sportsman, when he is not at his desk, you can find him running, cycling, swimming, and skiing. In his career as athlete, he won the Regional and Italian Championships in mountain running.  

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Education

Research Interests

August 2020

University of California, Berkeley

Ph.D. Environmental Science, Policy & Management

September 2016 

Polytechnic University of Milan 

M.S. Environmental and Civil Engineering

September 2014

Polytechnic University of Milan

B.S. Environmental and Civil Engineering

Agriculture

Hydrology

Water scarcity

Environmental Engineering

Water-Energy-Food Nexus

Water Sustainability

Climate Solutions

Energy and Environment

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