Carlos Henrique de Brito Cruz
Carlos Henrique de Brito Cruz was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1956. He graduated in Electrical Engineering from Instituto Tecnológico da Aeronáutica (ITA) in 1978, received the MSc degree in Physics in 1980 and a DSc degree in Physics in 1983, both from the Physics Institute “Gleb Wataghin” at the State University at Campinas (Unicamp). During 1981 Brito Cruz was a researcher at the Quantum Optics Laboratory, at the University of Rome. In 1982 Brito Cruz was appointed a professor at the Physics Institute at Unicamp. During 1986 and 1987 Brito Cruz worked as a resident visitor at AT&T Bell Laboratories in Holmdel, NJ. In 1990 he was a visitor for three months at Bell Labs, Murray Hil, NJ.
Brito Cruz works in the field of ultrafast phenomena in physics, using femtosecond pulse lasers to study fast processes in condensed matter. Presently his research interests are directed towards the study of ultrafast processes in semiconductor systems including quantum-dots in a glass matrix and AlGaAs alloys.
Brito Cruz has been the Vice-President of the Brazilian Physics Society (SBF) and has served as Editor of the Revista Brasileira de Física Aplicada e Instrumentação. He served as a member of the International Advisory Committee of the Optical Society of America (OSA) and has been the Director of the Physics Institute at Unicamp for two terms. He has been the Dean of Research at the State University at Campinas (Unicamp) and from 1996 till 2002 he has served as the President of the Foundation for the Support of Research in the State of São Paulo, Fapesp. From April 2002 to April 2005 he has been the Rector of The State University of Campinas, Unicamp. Since April, 2005 he is the Scientific Director of Fapesp. Brito Cruz is a member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences.