Dr. Eduardo do Couto e Silva - Particle Physicist and Deputy Manager of Fermi LAT Instrument Science Operations Center
Image of Eduardo do Couto e Silva Dr. Eduardo do Couto e Silva is a particle physicist and Deputy Manager of Fermi's Large Area Telescope (LAT) Instrument Science Operations Center.

Since 2005, particle physicist Eduardo do Couto e Silva has served as Deputy Manager for the Instrument Science Operation Center (ISOC) of the Large Area Telescope, which is the primary science instrument on the Fermi observatory and he has, ever since, co-led the ISOC's Science Operations team.

Eduardo's activities in Fermi typically involved coordination of large and diverse groups of scientists and engineers to evaluate LAT performance and ensure readiness for on-orbit operations. Eduardo was the Manager of the Science Verification Analysis and Calibration Department during most of the pre-launch activities involving integration and test of the Large Area Telescope.

In 2006, Eduardo co-coordinated tests of LAT spare modules using particle beams produced at European facilities (CERN and GSI), where he was the SLAC team lead. In 2001, he participated in the high altitude balloon flight test of Fermi modules and in 1999/2000 he coordinated the data analyses for the beam test performed at SLAC during the research and development phase of the Large Area Telescope.

Eduardo was born and educated in Brasilia, Brazil, where he received his Bachelor of Physics from Universidade de Brasilia. He was granted a Ph.D. from Indiana University by conducting research on the physics of B mesons in the European Laboratory for High Energy Physics (CERN) located at the border between France and Switzerland. After being awarded a CERN Fellowship, he joined an experiment to search for neutrino oscillations. In 1999, he was awarded a post-doctoral fellowship and moved to Stanford University to work at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center and joined the Fermi project. Since then, he has been playing prominent roles in many areas of the development of Fermi.

Throughout his career he designed, built and tested silicon detectors for high energy physics and high energy astrophysics and organized international conferences and workshops in this area. In late 2000, he was promoted to staff physicist at SLAC and in 2004 he became a member of the Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics. His principal interests lie in high energy astrophysics, specially gamma ray bursts and physics beyond the standard model. He is often involved in outreach activities and has strong interest in scientific dissemination.