Karanvir Panesar

Human Factors PhD candidate at University of Michigan



PhD, Industrial & Operations Engineering | 2018 - 2023 (Expected)
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (GPA: 4.00)

Bachelor of Science, Computer Engineering with Minor in Art | 2012 - 2016
California State University, Northridge (GPA: 3.80)


Programming Languages: C++, JavaScript, Python, R

Frameworks/Libraries: Meteor JS, Vue.js, Vuetify, Robot Operating System (ROS)

Software: Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, After Effects, LtSpice

Other: Atlassian JIRA, Git, Project Management, Debian Linux

Work Experience

Software Developer, User Interface Designer | 2016 - Present
Human Automation Teaming Solutions

  • Develop strong communication and analytical skills by assuming multiple roles in a startup environment.
  • Lead efforts in flight testing UAVs and integrating into existing Ground Control Station software.
  • Communicate with clients to develop solutions for real-world problems and write project proposals.
  • Work with human factors experts to design software user interfaces and interactions.
  • Develop desktop applications in C++ using the Qt framework and in C# using Unity.
  • Build management and leadership skills in managing and delegating tasks to interns.

Instructional Student Assistant | 2013 - 2016
College of Science and Mathematics, College of Education Special Projects

  • Tutored Math and Physics to undergraduate students in one-on-one sessions.
  • Developed and implemented a new course to teach middle school students VEX robotics, programming, and fundamentals of electronics.


Panesar, K., Mathur, A., Atkins, E. M., & Sarter, N. (2021). Moving From Piloted to Autonomous Operations: Investigating Human Factors Challenges in Urban Air Mobility. Paper presented at the 65th Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting

Mathur, A., Panesar, K., Kim, J., Atkins, E. M., & Sarter, N. (2019). Paths to Autonomous Vehicle Operations for Urban Air Mobility. AIAA Aviation 2019 Forum. https://doi.org/10.2514/6.2019-3255

Ho, N., Johnson, W., Panesar, K., Sadler, G. G., Wilson, N., & Lachter, J. (2017). Application of Human-Autonomy Teaming to an Advanced Ground Station for Reduced Crew Operations. AIAA/IEEE Digital Avionics Systems Conference - Proceedings. https://doi.org/10.1109/DASC.2017.8102124


SAE Engineer’s Week Context Winner (Day 3) | 2021

Rackham Merit Fellow, Rackham Graduate School, University of Michigan | Sep 2018

Outstanding Graduate, College of Engineering and Computer Science (CECS), CSUN | May 2017

2016 Senior Design Project Showcase Oral Presentation Winner, CECS, CSUN | April 2016