Tom Silva is a project leader in the Magnetics Group within the Electromagnetics Division of the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Boulder, CO. He received the B.S. degree in engineering science from the University of California at Berkeley in 1987 and the Ph.D. in electrical engineering (applied physics) from University of California at San Diego in 1994. He has been a National Research Council Postdoctoral Associate and then a research physicist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Boulder, CO, working on near-field optical microscopy and time-resolved nonlinear magneto-optic measurements. In 1997, he received a Presidential Early Career Award for Science and Engineering.