Rosso was born in Verona, Italy, the descendant of a dynasty of Italian winemakers. He attended public schools his whole life, and obtained all his education through scholarships. In 2002, he became Chemical Engineering Laureate at the University of Padua, and presented a research thesis on wastewater treatment control. He spent his fourth year of college as an Education Abroad Scholar at UCLA, where he returned as a Visiting Scholar in 2001 to complete the research work for his thesis. After returning to UCLA for the third time, He earned a M.S. in 2003 and a Ph.D. in 2005, both in Civil Engineering. After completing his graduate studies, he was appointed Postdoctoral Scholar and Lecturer, working on energy-conservation and carbon-footprint in water and wastewater treatment.