108 A Kauffman Center rnickolaus2@unl.edu (402) 472-7465


Rob leads Design Studio, the senior capstone program of the Raikes School. This is where students get to put their education into action by creating something valuable for industry partners over the course of two semesters.

Rob has spent the past three decades working in software development, technical leadership, team building, and agile evangelism. Rob has worked in marketing, banking, education, and nonprofit industries. Prior to his role as Director of Design Studio, Rob served as a volunteer coach and guest lecturer for Design Studio.

Rob holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering. In addition, Rob is a Certified Scrum Professional and a Project Management Institute Agile Certified Professional.

Rob enjoys traveling, running, reading, and leading the Lincoln-based agileLNK, a user group for agile practitioners.


  • RAIK 401H Design Studio I
  • RAIK 402H Design Studio II
  • RAIK 403H Design Studio III
  • RAIK 404H Design Studio IV
  • RAIK 405H Research Studio I
  • RAIK 406H Research Studio II
Clifton Strengths
Strategic People exceptionally talented in the Strategic theme create alternative ways to proceed. Faced with any given scenario, they can quickly spot the relevant patterns and issues.
Ideation People exceptionally talented in the Ideation theme are fascinated by ideas. They are able to find connections between seemingly disparate phenomena.
Maximizer People exceptionally talented in the Maximizer theme focus on strengths as a way to stimulate personal and group excellence. They seek to transform something strong into something superb.
Achiever People exceptionally talented in the Achiever theme work hard and possess a great deal of stamina. They take immense satisfaction in being busy and productive.
Self-Assurance People exceptionally talented in the Self-Assurance theme feel confident in their ability to take risks and manage their own lives. They have an inner compass that gives them certainty in their decisions.

Areas of Expertise

  • Agile practices
  • Databases