Joe Zywiol

2014 Leading by Example


Joe Zywiol likes to lead by example, both in and out of the classroom.

“I want to be someone that people can look up to as a leader, friend, and good citizen,” Joe said. “I strive to set the standard in everything I do, whether it is in the classroom, in a team function, or just out in public, I want my actions to make a difference in somebody’s life.”

As a supplemental instruction (SI) leader, Joe helps other engineering students understand difficult concepts and gives advice on how to effectively succeed during their academic career at UM-Dearborn.

His dedication to helping others hasn’t gone unnoticed.

“I was awarded the Supplemental Instruction Leader of the Year. That’s something I take a lot of pride in as it was based on student reviews,” Joe said. “I make every effort to set a positive example for others to look up to. In this way, I hope to make a difference in people’s lives every day.”

His advisor applauds him for all of the great things he has accomplished and know he has a bright future ahead of him.

“Joseph embodies the title difference maker for his contributions and services on campus and to his community service off campus,” said Ghassan Kridli, student advisor and associate professor of industrial and manufacturing systems engineering.

Joe attributes his commitment to helping others and drive to succeed to his parents.

“From a young age, they pushed me to be the best person I can be, both in school and in life in general,” Joe said. “I was taught values such as hard work, integrity, and commitment to name a few. I implement these values in everything I do, my actions are a direct result of the influence my parents had on me.”