Welcome to Burning Silicon.

A 20 year old MMA fighting computer programmer's quest to become a spacefaring engineer who develops new artificial intelligence models.

This site serves many purposes.

It allows me to put a link when people ask for personal website in applications. It is a fun project that allows me to improve my design skills. It ensures that anybody stalking me knows at least a bit about my interests. And it's a fun thing to work on when I feel like a break from my other work.


I have often asked myself this question.

My name is Mira Welner, and I am going into my third year at UC Davis where I am majoring in Computer Science Engineering. I hope to get a PhD in machine learning, specifically computer vision. I am especially interested in how computer vision can be applied to problems in space travel. Here's my resume.

Things I do.


I am working with Professor Schofield at UC Davis to study new ways for prosthetic limbs to function. I am the primary programmer on the project. I am currently working on getting a MyoBand to communicate with a Raspberry Pi, causing the pi to move a robotic hand.

Tagkopoulos Labs

There is unfortunately very little I can say about the research that I am conducting for Professor Tagkopoulos due to non-disclosure agreements. The limit of what I can disclose is that I am working on a project involving altering novel artificial intelligence systems so that they are able to be used for new and interesting tasks.


I am currently the president of OneLoop, the HyperLoop team at UC Davis. We are a team of 67 students designing a pod which will race in the HyperLoop competition held by the Boring Company and SpaceX at SpaceX HQ in Hawthorne. Last competition we placed in the top 21 teams globally.

Study Engineering

While my labs and side projects are probably more interesting, the majority of my time is taken up by classes. I'm not doing anything at the moment because I had to take the summer off to be a member of Tagkopoulos, but I will be back at it on October (Davis starts quite late).

Things I've done.

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories

The summer after my Freshman year, I worked as a Summer Scholar for the Computing Division of the National Ignition Facility In Lawrence Livermore Laboratories. I worked with several programmers to update a Java codebase from Java 8 to Java 11. This codebase powered the National Ignition Facility, which is the most energetic laser in the world.

Gem5Art webapp development

I worked at dARCr labs, a computer architecture lab at UC Davis led by Professor Lowe-Power. I updated the lab's web application so that it would display their results more clearly, allowing them to conduct research more easily. My work can be found in their GitHub repository.

Space and Satellite Systems Club

I worked with the space and satellite systems club at UC Davis. The club is currently designing a satellite for NASA's CubeSat Launch Initiative, and during my Freshman year I worked on the orbital propagation system for the satellite so that we would be able to predict the location of the satellite.

NASA L'Space Academy

I was a member of the L'Space Academy, a NASA run program designed to give undergraduates working in a NASA-like environment. I was the deputy project manager for my team of ten engineers, and together we conducted research to design a mock proposal for a Martian lander.

Things other people have written.

My Blog

In which I ramble about the goings on of my life



In which I compete in the MIT's annual hackathon online and develop a website which hosts a platonic tinder app! Also I network with all the awesome hackers there which was fun. Read More


The PennApps Hackathon

In which I compete in the University of Pennsylvania's annual Hackathon, develop a semi-functional app which detects if individuals are wearing masks or not based on survelence footage, and get in quasi-contact with a professor at Penn! Read More


Rise of the Cyborg

In which I finally succeed in getting the MyoBand to communicate with my robotic hand, and become a complete browser hipster. Read More


Setting up LAMP

In which I switch from Linux+Caddy to Linux+Apache+MySQL+PhP! I promise that this will be the last time I talk about making this site, but I wanted to talk a little more about front end web development because it's fun and interesting. Read More


My New Site!

In which I abandon WordPress for a Raspberry Pi Zero and a caddy server. Read More

Contact Me

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You can usually find me in Kemper Hall

545 Bainer Hall Dr,
Davis, CA
95616 US

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