Nick Harutyunyan

Nick Harutyunyan

Dr. Ing. | UX & Open Source Researcher | Project Manager

University of Erlangen–Nuremberg

Hey, I’m Nick!

I research open source governance, corporate open sourcing, user experience design, and other topics in software engineering and information systems.

I am interested in UX research, R&D and software product management. I love software that helps improve individual lives.

Since 2016, as a PhD student and then postdoc, I have worked closely with industry and:

  • interviewed and collaborated with experts from 20+ companies, including Facebook, Intel, Software AG, BMW, and Zalando
  • helped acquire €800K+ in research and industry funding
  • published 10+ papers alongside my 447-page dissertation.
  • developed a practical handbook of industry best practices for corporate open source governance and helped implement it at three large multinational companies.

I am based in Nuremberg, Germany. In the last decade, I also lived in the US, Canada, France, and Armenia. I co-founded the 100+ member NGO Enlight. I was also nominated for the International Children’s Peace Prize alongside Malala Yousafzai.


  • Open Source Governance
  • User Experience Design
  • Actionable Research
  • Product Management
  • Corporate Open Sourcing
  • Information Systems


  • PhD in Computer Science, 2016–2019

    University of Erlangen, Germany

  • MSc in International Information Systems, 2014–2016

    University of Erlangen, Germany | Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada

  • BSc in Economics and Business Management, 2010–2014

    Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3, France | Chadron State College, NE, USA










Senior Researcher and Postdoc

University of Erlangen–Nuremberg

Oct 2019 – Present Erlangen, Germany


  • Researched open source governance in companies
  • Published on corporate open sourcing and governance, software supply chains, requirements engineering, and more
  • Graduated from Software Campus 2.0 – German IT excellence and leadership program with access to industry and executive education
  • Supervised PhD and MA student projects.

Researcher and PhD Student

University of Erlangen–Nuremberg

Oct 2016 – Sep 2019 Erlangen, Germany


  • Researched corporate open source governance and user experience design
  • Published 10+ journal and conference papers
  • Presented at international academic and practitioner conferences in the US, Germany, Sweden, Spain, Portugal, Greece, and Czechia
  • Acquired €400k+ in industry funding for open source governance research, €300k+ in research funding from DFG (German Research Foundation), and €100k in industry–academic collaboration funding from BMBF (German Ministry of Education and Research)
  • Worked with 20+ industry partners from eight countries
  • Taught graduate courses on software product management, open source software, team building, and research methods.


Research Grant for Outstanding Projects and Talents

€15K budget, preparing a grant proposal for individual research, innovative research, academic excellence

Development Program for Future IT Executives

€100K budget, hiring research staff, project management, executive education, industry-academia partnership
See certificate

Recent Publications

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Challenges of Tracking and Documenting Open Source Dependencies in Products: A Case Study
Industry Best Practices for Corporate Open Sourcing
The Ecosystem of openKONSEQUENZ, A User-Led Open Source Foundation

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