Kalisa Vilafana

Maricopa, AZ, US
Field of Work 
Intel Corporation
Job Title or "Student" 
Senior Staff Yield Engineer
Florida State University
Nuclear Physics
Education Level 
Profile Biography 
Dr. Kalisa Villafana is a yield engineer at Intel corporation in Chandler, Arizona. Originally from Trinidad and Tobago, she migrated to the US in 2008 to pursue her undergraduate degree in physics at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University. She has always had a passion for learning and wanted to be impactful in STEM. Eager to contribute to the scientific field, Dr. Villafana decided to pursue a PhD in Experimental Nuclear Physics at Florida State University. Upon graduating in August 2019, she became the first black woman to obtain a PhD in Physics from FSU. Her personal philosophy is that you can achieve and excel at anything you set your mind to, if you are consistent. In her free time she enjoys working out, self care activities and since moving to Arizona, hiking. Her goal is to help young people be encouraged and motivated to pursue STEM careers.
Computing, Reading, Sports
Race & Ethnicity 
Black or African American
Level of Participation 
Online role model
My Experience 
I am a new Role Model.
Career exploration activities, Online Mentoring (email or Skype)
Program Affiliation 

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