The Talk on Tenth

Technology Team Provides Path for Pierzakowski ('20)
Senior's Passion Serves Campus, Becomes Future Course of Study  
If one could fit all the usual daily occurrences at Marquette onto a bingo card, "Jan Wagner saying, 'Adam Pierzakowksi, could you please come to the office?' over the intercom" would be the free space. 

The senior doesn't cause problems. In fact, it's the opposite - he provides solutions.

Pierzakowski is a charter member of Marquette's student-run Technology Team. The Technology Team, whose launch coincided with the school's 1:1 iPad initiative in 2017, is an organization focused on helping peers with questions or issues surrounding iPad hardware or software.

Pierzakowski's development, accessibility, and problem-solving skills have been pivotal to Marquette's continued commitment to the latest technology.

"The issues and problems that I handle are replacing or repairing keyboards, pushing apps to students when certain apps that are hard to re-download stop working or are accidentally deleted, and deal with passwords with most of the services here like Renweb and Apple ID. I also deal with issuing spares to students when they are getting repairs done to their iPads," Pierzakowski said.

The Technology Team consists of nine members: Adam Burroughs, Joseph Henrich, Christopher Huseman, Robert Johnson, Aidan McDonnell, Brendan Mack, Lucas Trinks, Yasmir Young, and Pierzakowski. 

Just this past week, the group created a Google form that allows users to document an issue or question, receive an immediate email response, and track their progress within the queue. It's this sort of vision and innovation that makes Marquette's Technology Team such a valuable resource to students and staff.

The benefits have been mutual, though, according to the senior.

"The Technology Team has empowered me to chase this interest since it provides more knowledge with problems that arise every so often. For Marquette, it helps retain the college prep identity as more and more college students move over to laptops and tablets for note taking and to work on assignments," Pierzakowski said.

He said his interest in computers sparked at a young age when he tinkered around with video games and Windows computers. That interest has melded into a skill that can help hundreds today and possibly thousands more tomorrow.

"My college plan is to major in computer engineering at Purdue University," he said. 

In the midst of his final year at Marquette, Pierzakowski will turn over the proverbial passwords to another student next spring. His advice for underclassmen is to get involved.

"Join if you like technology and problem solving. You will definitely pick up things along the way that can be useful if you or your family use mobile Apple products like iPhones and iPads," he said.