Prof. Carlos Henrique de Brito Cruz is the scientific director of the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) in Brazil, and also a professor at the Gleb Wataghin Physics Institute at the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP). He sits on the Council for Technology and Competitiveness at the Federation of Industries of the State of São Paulo (FIESP), and on the Committee for International Scientific Affairs of the American Physics Society (APS). Prof. Brito Cruz also is a member of the Academy of Sciences of the State of São Paulo (ACIESP) and the Brazilian Academy of Sciences (ABC).
Prof. Brito Cruz previously served as rector of the University of Campinas, president of FAPESP, dean of Research at UNICAMP, and director of the Gleb Wataghin Physics Institute at UNICAMP. From 1995 to 1999, he was vice-president of the Brazilian Physics Society (SBF). He presided over the the Council for Technology and Competitiveness at the Federation of Industries of the State of São Paulo (FIESP), and has been a member of the Telefónica I+D Advisory Board and the Microsoft Research External Research Advisory Board.
He worked as a researcher at AT&T Bell Laboratories, at the Universitá di Roma, and at the Université Pierre et Marie Curie. His research interests include the study of ultrafast phenomena using femtosecond lasers — in which he leads a research laboratory at the Physics Institute at UNICAMP — and science policy.
Prof. Brito Cruzhas authored and co-authored several scientific papers. In 2000, he was awarded the Order of Scientific Merit by the president of Brazil for his contributions to science and technology. In 2004, he received the Conrado Wessel General Science Prize for his scientific career. He has also received the Ordre des Palmes Académiques de France, and the Order of the British Empire, Honorary (OBE) in 2015.
Prof. Brito Cruz graduated in electronic engineering from the Aeronautics Technology Institute (ITA). He holds MSc and DSc degrees in physics from the Gleb Wataghin Physics Institute at UNICAMP.