Irene Calizo received her PhD in Electrical Engineering from University of California Riverside. Prior to that, she earned her MS in Electrical Engineering from San Jose State University, Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, and BS in Physics from Spelman College. She was awarded the NASA Women in Science and Engineering full scholarship as an undergraduate student, University of California Riverside Dr. Gordon S. and Anna Watkins Commencement Award as a graduate student, and a National Research Council Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the National Institute of Standards and Technology after her PhD. Her research covers the broad and interdisciplinary area of nanomaterials and devices, incorporating chemistry, physics, and engineering, with the aim of exploring applications in nanoelectronic devices. The focus of her recent experimental activities has been on using Raman spectroscopy to study of phonon signatures from atomic layers of graphene and the interaction of metal and graphene.