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Design Studio

In Design Studio, we integrate agile engineering processes, lean business development, and interdisciplinary design thinking into an iterative process for problem solving and product development - our unique brand of innovation. Our iterative development methodologies lead to the development of robust software products that address real problems and provide elegant solutions. Throughout the process, Design Studio teams are mentored by industry professionals from the community, helping teams more effectively communicate, overcome technical challenges, and drive innovation for their partners.

As the capstone program in the Raikes School, Design Studio integrates concepts from our unique computer science and business curriculum, reinforcing core concepts through 4 semesters of hands on learning. Students gain a head start in their careers by participating in product development teams, working with real clients to understand complex business requirements, and developing innovative solutions to wicked problems. The studio model ensures that, prior to graduation, each student in the Raikes School has gained the valuable experience of participating in the full software product development life cycle - from inception of the concept to deployment for the solution.

Endless Opportunity for Students

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Create innovative applications and business processes to solve real-world problems

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Gain valuable experience working with industry leaders in self-organizing teams

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Develop a greater understanding of how business and computer science are used in companies

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Work on a real software development project to develop strong project management skills prior to graduating

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Form key networking contacts with top local and national companies.

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Earn college credit while working with cutting edge technology to complete real software projects

Industry Partnerships

Design Studio serves as a connection point between academia and industry, creating a unique opportunity for our partners to engage some of the brightest minds on campus and leverage the value of a Big 10 research institution. Each year Design Studio engages industry partners who provide complex problems for which our student teams develop software solutions using industry best practices in software engineering and business development. This year, teams in Design Studio are completing the following projects:

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Implement a web-based, self-paced curriculum to improve health literacy for secondary education students, using content already developed by the Academy.

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Creating the New Face of Buildertrend

Determine the front-end web architecture and develop a reusable pattern for migrating Buildertrend’s flagship product to React.

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Modernize Data & Analytics at CSG

Build a dashboard and SQL migration tool to help manage the transition of CSG’s data warehouse to a more modern platform.

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Dynamic Product Configurator with Matching Image

Develop a web application for customers to preview their custom ordered door, generating images based on customer choices such as color, windows, or style to see the results in realtime.

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FCSAmerica Lead Generation

Create a cutting-edge approach to generate and interact with third-party lead data using data science and incorporate into the existing Driveways Mobile and Desktop applications.

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Recorded Audio/Video Search, Transcription, Translation and Insights Service

Use Amazon Services (audio to text, natural language processing, machine learning, translation and transcription) to automate the transcription of existing audio and video as well as future recordings.

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Wrestling Video Analysis

Give wrestling teams, coaches, and athletes a world-class video analysis product, based on the Hudl V3 platform.

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Material Tracking System

Build a system using active and passive tracking devices to capture the location of material at time of receipt and provide real-time visibility/tracking of that material on a construction site.

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Optimizing the Dynamics User Experience

Dig into the vast amount of telemetry data from Microsoft Dynamics 365 users to gain insights into how to improve the user experience in specific use cases.

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Developing a machine learning model that can predict user health and provide support to the underwriting process based on human-based Internet of Things (IoT) data.

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Nebraska Transportation Information Portal Phase 3

Continue development of the NTIP system built over the last two years in Design Studio with advanced features such as heat maps, crash stacking, and data retrieval from other state systems.

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PaymentSpring Gateway

Expand the PaymentSpring Gateway platform to give partners deep insight and prediction capabilities around fees when using PaymentSpring.

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Loyalty Insights

Dig into the vast amount of customer data on hand to identify patterns and attempt to calculate a loyalty factor for how likely customers of a particular health system are to return.

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Groundwater Sustainability Platform

Build on the work started by Don’t Panic Labs on the Groundwater Evaluation Toolbox (GET) to build a complete groundwater sustainability system for the Twin Platte Natural Resource District, including interfacing with pumps and other control systems.

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Multi-Par Auction

Help Proxibid enter a new market category, real estate, by providing functionality to help auctioneers maximize the bidding potential for a plot of land by breaking it into several parcels known as multi-par.

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ML-Enhanced Business Intelligence

Create a service for consumption by other Spreetail applications to increase accuracy or automation for complex business-critical functions.

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Natural Language Processing

Add cutting-edge AI to existing proven, organizational science to find insights and relationships within hundreds of thousands of structured leadership interviews.

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Virtual Assistant for Metric and Performance Retrieval

Develop an Alexa skill that will help uncover business insights like managing volumes, queues, and service levels in brokerage operations to provide a best-in-class client experience.

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Tigerpaw Software + Alexa

Add voice enablement through Amazon Alexa to the existing Tigerpaw software, allowing users to query Alexa for real-time information about their business and take basic actions on that information.

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Industry Collaboration

Students in Design Studio learn not only from top practitioner faculty, but also from industry leading experts. Whether it is a local software executive who gives a guest lecture on enterprise architecture or a CEO who coaches a Design Studio team, students regularly interact with and learn from top industry professionals. Regular collaboration between faculty, students, and industry partners creates an ecosystem unique to Design Studio that drives innovation at all levels. Through that collaboration, students and their teams are making big things happen every day.

Students in Design Studio not only learn from industry leaders, they innovate with them. Every year our students are developing new concepts, sharing creative ideas, enriching our partner organizations, and becoming members of their team.

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