Professor Elisa Riedo received her Ph.D. in Physics in a joint program between the University of Milano and the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility in Grenoble, France. She then worked for three years as Post Doc at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). In 2003 she was hired as Assistant Professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where she was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2009 and to full Professor in 2015. Since Fall 2015, she is a Nanoscience Professor at the new CUNY Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC), as well as a Physics Professor at the City College of New York. At the ASRC, she is director of the picoForce Lab and the Surface Science Facility, where her group develops new scanning probe microscopy based methods to study and fabricate materials and solid/liquid interfaces at the nanoscale. Highlights from her research are the invention of thermochemical nanolithography, the discovery of the exotic viscoelasticity of water at the interface with a solid surface, and the development of new methods to study materials’ elasticity and friction with sub-nm resolution. Applications of her work range from fundamental understanding of nanoscale matter to fabrication of the building blocks for next generation of electronics, biomedical, sensing, and photonics devices. She is a Fellow of the American Physical Society. More information can be found at www.picoforcelab.org.