Dr. Silva joined the Washington University faculty in September 1996. He earned his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Mechanical Engineering at Cornell University and then worked in the Biomechanics Department at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. He received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in February 1996. While at M.I.T., he conducted research in the Orthopaedic Biomechanics Laboratory at the Beth Israel Hospital in Boston and wrote his thesis on Predicting the Failure Behavior of the Human Vertebral Body. Dr. Silva is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. He was awarded the Lee T Ford Award for Academic Achievement by the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery in 2001.