The Dearborn Icebreaker: Ed Bobak

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Ed BobakName: Ed Bobak
Position: Information Technology Services Desktop Support Senior
Years at UM-Dearborn: 7

What does a typical workday look like for you?
Typical is not how I would describe my work life. I am fortunate to have a new task to tackle every day. My job takes me all over campus, where I provide aid to professors and staff. I get to create new projects frequently to help improve campus life for students, staff and faculty. And I get to share my knowledge with my techs, which in turn encourages me to keep learning and improving myself.

What do you enjoy most about your job?
I enjoy the fact that every day is different. Working with technology provides a multitude of different challenges every day. It’s awesome that I am assigned the task of figuring them out and then teaching and implementing them to our campus community.

What was your first job?
Growing up I was constantly aiding my father in the family business. He owns his own construction company and I truly loved taking things apart (literally) to figure out just how they worked. After taking apart every last toy I owned my father decided it was time I learned a useful craft. He started taking me on job sites and he had me learning all the finer points of expert craftsmanship. His motto to this day, and one I heartily agree with, is: “What’s cheap is expensive; what’s expensive is cheap.”

What do you do to relax?
I enjoy bike riding and roller blading. In fact you may have witnessed me buzzing by on my roller blades as I travel from building to building on campus. There is nothing like a good ride to refresh the spirit.

If you could have any one skill or talent that you don’t already have, what would it be?
The ability to retain useless trivia. My wife’s main enjoyment in life is trivia and I am so terrible at it, she would fall out of her seat if I came home all trivia happy one day!

What’s your definition of a life well lived?
Having memories. All the times that you spend with your family and friends, they are all precious. Do not overlook or discount any of those moments, your family vacations, nights out(and in) with good friends, and those random moments that you didn’t even realize were lasting memories to be cherished. If you lived with a heart full of love you have lived well.

What’s the proudest moment of your life?
That is a five-way tie. I cannot pick just one….but here they are in order of occurrence: graduating college, marrying my wife and the birth of my three kids! BAM!

If we were to create a UM-Dearborn playlist, what song would you want to include?
“Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor because it is a great anthem to get you motivated and create ambitious goals. That is something that everyone in our campus family should attempt to achieve regularly: shooting for the stars!

What’s one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
My first language is Polish. I did not learn English until I was 6.

What’s one thing you wish you had known when you were a teenager?
Buy stock in yahoo and apple. Seriously though, do not take life for granted and never be afraid to reach for your biggest of dreams because you can achieve them.

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