Professional Experience and EducationAfter receiving a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of Connecticut, Professor Rossi performed postdoctoral work at Cornell University with Nobel laureate Roald Hoffmann. Subsequently, he joined the faculty of the Chemistry Department of the University of Connecticut, where he became a tenured full professor. During his sabbatical year, he was an Associate Professor at the Universite Louis Pasteur in Strasbourg, France.
Dr. Rossi later moved to the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, where his research was at the intersection of high performance computing and computational chemistry. He gave workshops for IBM on high performance computing in the United States, Europe, and Asia. While at IBM, he taught at Columbia University as an Adjunct Professor in the Departments of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. He developed several new courses while at Columbia, with a focus on computational chemistry, as well as teaching younger students in the High School Honors Program and Edison Project. In addition, Dr. Rossi has served as Chair of the Computers in Chemistry Division of the American Chemical Society, Chair of the Peer Review Panel for the Large Computational Science Research Program at the Department of Energy, and more recently, as a member on the PetaApps Review Panel for the National Science Foundation.
Subsequent to leaving IBM, Dr. Rossi became Professor of Chemistry at the City University of New York - York College, and served as Director of the collaboration between York College and the U.S. FDA.
Currently, Dr. Rossi holds postions as research professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Connecticut, as senior scientist within the Division of High Performance and Research Computing and adjunct faculty member in the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.
His focus is on exploiting advanced computational resources to solve demanding problems in science and medicine. He collaborates closely with the research faculty, doctoral students, and post-doctoral fellows to apply High Performance Computing to biomedical research. His primary research area is Computational Chemistry and has published more than sixty-five scientific papers.