Principal Technical Advisor for Aviation Human Factors
Dr. Divya C. Chandra is the principal technical advisor in aviation human factors at the U.S. DOT Volpe Center. She holds a PhD in experimental psychology from the University of Michigan, as well as degrees in aeronautical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Michigan. She is also an instrument rated private pilot.
Dr. Chandra's latest research supports the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in understanding how pilots deal with the challenges of flying tightly defined flight paths to support performance-based navigation operations. Previously, she worked on the design and evaluation of flight deck technologies such as electronic flight bags, displays of traffic information, and aeronautical charts for both paper and electronic displays.
Her projects involve significant collaboration with the aviation industry, regulators, operators, and manufacturers. Her research has impacted international recommendations for electronic flight bags and aeronautical charts.
Dr. Chandra joined Volpe in 1999. Before joining Volpe, Dr. Chandra was a technical staff member at MIT Lincoln Laboratory.