Our Team

Erico Mattos, Ph.D.

Executive Director, GLASE

Dr. Erico Mattos was the executive director of the Greenhouse Lighting and Systems Engineering consortium for 6 years, as well as the co-founder and CEO of Candidus. Erico earned a Ph.D. (2013) from the University of Georgia and a B.S from the University of Sao Paulo (2009). In 2012, Erico completed Singularity University’s graduate studies program in Mountain View, CA. Most recently Erico was a recipient of the 2020 40 under 40 award by the LED magazine, and recognized by Produce Grower magazine in 2019 as Produce Pioneer by his contributions to the CEA industry. At GLASE, Erico worked with academics and industry stakeholders to facilitate the development and implementation of new technologies aimed to improve CEA food production sustainability. At Candidus, Erico is leading the development and implementation of new lighting control technologies to increase greenhouses lighting energy use efficiency and maximize operations profitability.

“I see the intelligent use of exponential technologies as a means to improve the efficiency of CEA farming and increasing crop production quantity and quality based on sustainable integrated systems.” – Erico Mattos