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Karan Lala


Previous positions

  • CSE Department Head Tutor at University of California, San Diego – Jacobs School of Engineering
  • Software Engineering Intern at Microsoft


University of California, San Diego, Bachelor’s Degree, Computer Science and Engineering




  • Software Engineer


    August 2018 – Present(1 year 2 months)Menlo Park, California

    Civic Integrity, Elections Integrity team

  • * Assisted Professor Rick Ord with “Intro to Computer Science and Object-Oriented Programming: Java” (CSE 11) in Fall 2015, Fall 2016, and Fall 2017 * Assisted Professor Rick Ord with “Computer Organization and Systems Programming” (CSE 30) in Winter 2016, Spring 2016, Winter 2017, and Spring 2017 * Languages: C, Java, and Assembly (SPARC)

  • Software Engineering Intern


    June 2017 – September 2017(3 months)Redmond, WA

    * Software Engineering Intern on the Web Platform Core Development, Text Input and Editing team for Windows and Devices Group. * Added beforeinput input event functionality to Edge browser – Level 2 Spec compliant (spec:

  • Software Engineering Intern


    June 2016 – September 2016(3 months)Mountain View, California

    * Worked as a full-stack engineer on Payments API team. * Designed and deployed REST API and a web application for merchant transaction management for the Quickbooks Payments platform * Technologies Used: Java, HTML, CSS, AngularJS, and SQL * Impact: Reduced production support time to resolve batch closure issues to less than 1 minute and minimized number of batch closure support requests escalating from customer care to engineering team to near 0

  • Systems Integration Engineer


    December 2014 – June 2016(1 year 6 months)Greater San Diego Area

    * Developed REST API and databases for app to personalize community service through a mobile and web-based social media application to connect volunteers with nonprofits * Technologies used: HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and Java

  • Software Engineering Intern

    ViaSat Inc.

    June 2015 – September 2015(3 months)Greater San Diego Area

    * Built and deployed an algorithmic anomaly detection system for sensitive flight metrics * Developed algorithms and analytic methods for metrics received from terminals on supported airlines * Built and deployed a dashboard and designed the system architecture for the anomaly detection system * Integrated Salesforce automated case generation * Developed landing pages for in-flight customer support * Technologies used: HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Python, Docker, and SQL * Utility patent filed for anomaly detection system design – US Application 15/253,642

  • Programming Intern

    San Diego Supercomputer Center

    October 2014 – December 2014(2 months)Greater San Diego Area

    * Helped develop and test a Pivot Viewer application for geological and hydrological information assimilated from external databases to make standardized data available for research. * Technologies Used: HTML, CSS, and JavaScript


  • University of California, San Diego

    Bachelor’s Degree, Computer Science and Engineering

    2014 – 2018

    Regents Scholar, Provost Honors

    Activities and Societies

    Business minor from Rady School of Management, Scholars’ Society, Warren College Honors Society, Tau Beta Pi, Phi Beta Kappa, Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS), Muir Musical, SD Hacks, Model United Nations, Summer Program for Incoming Students (SPIS)

  • Concentration: Finance and Operations

  • Redlands East Valley High School

    High School

    2010 – 2014

    Valedictorian, GPA: 4.833

    Activities and Societies

    Speech and Debate Team (President, Debate Captain), The Gift of Vision Charity, Varsity Badminton, Compact Careers Club (President, Publicist, Treasurer), Key Club (Vice President, Technology Editor), Cello (University of Redlands Youth Symphony – Principal Chair; Redlands East Valley High School Orchestra – Principal Chair), Engineering Club

  • Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering

    Engineering Innovation

    2013 – 2013

    Valedictorian of summer program. Participated in lab activities in computer engineering, chemical engineering, electrical engineering, material science, civil engineering, robotics, mechanical engineering, and engineering economics.


  • English

    Native or bilingual proficiency

  • Spanish

    Professional working proficiency

  • Hindi

    Native or bilingual proficiency

Skills & Expertise

  • Leadership
  • JavaScript
  • CSS
  • Financial Accounting
  • Oral Communication
  • Python
  • Web Development
  • Microsoft Office
  • Representational State Transfer (REST)
  • jQuery
  • Presentations
  • Financial Management Experience
  • PHP
  • C
  • MySQL
  • C++
  • GUI
  • HTML
  • Programming
  • Java
  • Software Development
  • Raspberry Pi


  • Certified Literacy in Spanish

    California Department of Education, License

    June 2014


University of California, San Diego

  • Introduction to Computer Science and Object-Oriented Programming: Java(CSE 11)
  • Warren Scholars Honors Writing(Warr 11A/11B)
  • Principles of Accounting(MGT 45)
  • Advanced Data Structures(CSE 100)
  • Directed Group Study(CSE 198)
  • Product Marketing and Management(MGT 103)
  • Software Tools and Techniques Laboratory(CSE 15L)
  • Managing Diverse Teams(MGT 18)
  • Personal Ethics at Work(MGT 16)
  • Computer Organization and Systems Programming(CSE 30)
  • Introduction to Discrete Mathematics(CSE 20)
  • Mathematics for Algorithms and Systems(CSE 21)
  • A Practical Introduction to Probability and Statistics(CSE 103)
  • Basic Data Structures and Object-Oriented Design(CSE 12)

Honors & Awards

  • Regents Scholarship

    University of California, San Diego

    June 2014

    Awarded annual merit-based scholarship for top 2% of my class for outstanding academic achievement

  • Provost Honors

    Warren College

    September 2016

    Received all quarters

  • Morrell’s Distinguished Scholar Award

    California State Legislature

    November 2013

    Recognition as a Presidential Academic Excellence Scholar from the office of California Assemblymember Mike Morrell, San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors, and the California State Legislature

  • National AP Scholar

    College Board

    May 2014

    Award given to 3% of students who take AP tests in the United States. Earned for receiving an average score of at least 4 on all AP Exams taken and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of those exams

  • United States Marine Corps Scholastic Excellence

    United States Marine Corps

    June 2014

    Recognized by the United States Marine Corps for academic achievement and leadership


  • Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS)

    Director of Finance, Director of Legal Affairs, Business Division Officer

    April 2015 – March 2017

    Helped direct crowdfunding campaign, contributed to NASA project grants, and identified and protected against intellectual property risks for Vulcan-I rocket and NASA CubeQuest Challenge Cubesat project. Managed finances for Static Fire System and helped overhaul internal financial management processes.

  • Muir Musical

    Director of Finance, Executive Board Member

    October 2014 – May 2016

    Grew musical budget 45 percent year-over-year since joining, took musical from a $10,000 budget deficit to a $30,000 budget surplus in 2 years, and directed 2 crowdfunding campaigns. Reported directly to the Dean of Muir College. Made Muir Musical profitable for the 1st time in its 25-year history

  • Gift of Vision

    Founder, Director

    August 2010 – June 2014

    The Gift of Vision charitable organization performs intraocular lens replacement surgeries for blind villagers in rural India by partnering with the Rotary Clubs of Redlands, California and Bhopal Hills, India; the Wali Sai Villayatrai Sewa Samiti; and the Redlands Compact Careers Club.

  • Tau Beta Pi, California Psi

    January 2016 – Present

    Tau Beta Pi is the premier college-level honors society for engineering students. Its members devote themselves to preserving its motto of “Integrity and Excellence in Engineering”. Membership is limited to the top 1/8 of the Junior class and 1/5 of the Senior class (by credits taken).

  • Model United Nations

    Crisis Staff

    September 2014 – September 2015

    Helped direct 3 high school MUN conference crisis committees and managed a team of 11 crisis team members

  • SD Hacks

    Finance Team

    October 2014 – June 2015

    Managed sponsors (recruited on-campus and off-campus sponsors) and assisted in planning event logistics.