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Biraj Silwal
Software Engineer

Winner of UNM App Contest, 2022
Winner of NASA MINDS, 2021


Software Engineer I
 Dell Technologies
 Austin, TX
 July 2022 - Present
  • Skills: GO, gRPC, Postgres, REST APIs, Git, Front-end, Back-end, Zero Trust Architecture, Open Policy Enforcement (OPA), Rego
  • Software Engineer Intern
     Management Sciences Inc.
     Albuquerque, NM
     Sept 2021 - May 2022
  • Collaborate in a team of 4 to design and develop computer vision algorithms for unique use cases.
  • Implement OpenCV, YOLO, and MediaPipe libraries to detect an object in real-time security camera video feed (20 frames/sec).
  • Write Python script to find the center of gravity (blob) and predict the distance of an object.
  • Fullstack Developer
     University of New Mexico
     Albuquerque, NM
     Apr 2020 - Dec 2021
  • Architected and developed a full stack web app from scratch serving serving 1,900+ engineering students with 11,000+ page views within 20 months.
  • Technologies used: React, MongoDB, Strapi, JSON Web Token (JWT), AWS.
  • Use agile methodologies to continuously plan, design, and program the UI/UX and enhanced user satisfaction ratings from 60% to 95%.
  • Deployed an app (success.unm.edu) to Amazon Web Services (AWS) EC2 instance.
  • Create questionnaires and conduct user interviews to identify and analyze current user experiences and pain points.
  • Research Intern
     Purdue University
     June 2021 - July 2021
  • Collaborated with 4 team members in a 7-week Human-in-the-Loop Cyber-Physical System (CPS) experiment to understand the relationships between trust, workload, transparency, and different level of autonomy.
  • Updated web-based simulation using JavaScript and PHP and deployed it on Amazon Mechanical Turk.
  • Designed experiment, deployed simulation & reported results on a 3-week timeline.
  • Technologies used: JavaScript, PHP, HTML, CSS, Git, AWS.
  • Fullstack Developer
     Kizmet.cc (startup)
     Albuquerque, NM
     Feb 2021 - Aug 2021
  • Developed a web application in VueJS, Python, MongoDB, and NodeJS.
  • Led, designed, and developed front-end by creating flexible, extensible, and loosely coupled components and implemented Flux architecture for global state management with reactive components using Vuex.
  • Created Python script to populate 1+ million demo users to simulate real-world performance.
  • Teaching Assistant
     Department of Computer Science, University of New Mexico
      Albuquerque, NM
     August 2020 - Dec 2021
  • Engaged with students per week to explain concepts regarding CS Fundamentals, Object-Oriented Programming System, Exception Handling, Java Collections, and JavaFX.
  • Hold office hours, grade assignments, and answer student questions.
  • Engineering Tutor
     UNM Engineering Student Success Center
     Albuquerque, NM
     August 2020 - May 2022
  • Held group and one-on-one tutoring sessions.
  • Courses: Java, Python, C, Discrete Mathematics, Data Structures and Algorithms, Calc I-II, Linear Algebra, Statistics and Probability, Physics I and II.

  • Projects

     Sept 2021 - June 2022
  • Loboeats is an Android/iOS app created to help food-insecure students find their next meal on-campus. We harness technology to identify, recover and redirect unused food to students to reduce campus food waste and food insecurity. Our aim is to improve food security among students at UNM. This app will roll out in Spring 2022 in the play store and app store and be available campus-wide at UNM.
  • succESS
     Apr 2020 - Dec 2021
  • App developed for Engineering Student Success (ESS) center, University of New Mexico. This app makes it easier for students to stay informed about support services and events serving 3200+ students since the time of the launch (Aug 2020).
  • Chilihouse - NASA MINDS project
     Nov 2020 - May 2022
  • Served as co-president (21-22) of a team of 11 interdisciplinary team members with a goal to develop innovative techniques for growing crops in space.
  • Write Python script to simulate microneedle moisture sensors in the plant that publishes moisture and temperature values to the Swarmie robots.
  • Won 1st place out of 35 teams in NASA MINDS competition, 2021.
  • https://www.kob.com/albuquerque-news/unm-research-team-wins-nasa-minds-competition-/6093185/

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    Awards & Achievements
  • 1st, UNM Mobile App Contest, 2022
  • 1st out of 35 teams in NASA MINDS competition for Overall Design, Build, and Demonstration, 2020-2021
  • Finalist, FIRST Robotics Competition Central Illinois Regional, 2017
  • Leadership
  • Project Manager: Software Engineering (CS460), led a whole class of 36 students to successfully create an MVP for the Office of the Medical Investigator of the state of New Mexico in 5 weeks, Jan 2022-May 2022
  • Teamlead (Technical): Food Recovery App, Led a team of 4 to build an Android/iOS app to reduce food insecurity on-campus, Sept 2021 - June 2022
  • Co-president (21-22): of a UNM NASA MINDS team of 11 interdisciplinary members with the goal to develop innovative techniques for growing crops in space (Mars and Moon), Nov 2022 - May 2022