Austin Decker sees the enhancement role technology plays—in the classroom, the workplace and the community. And he wants to give others the opportunity to learn more about the benefits.
Decker led the Information Technology Management (ITM) Association in starting a coding camp initiative in coordination with Detroit Public Schools.
“The ITM prides itself on providing this opportunity to stress the importance of technology in children's curriculum,” Decker said of the free event. “For eight hours on a Saturday, middle school students play interactive coding games, participate in a group challenge and have lunch with our volunteers.”
And with his collegiate peers, Decker—as president of the ITM Association—organizes workshops to showcase the importance of technology in business, participates in the College of Business’ Professional Development Week and promotes experiences that give students hands-on technological experience.
“As the leader of the organization, Austin set a clear goal to give all students, regardless of major, exposure to the importance of technology within business,” said ITM adviser and Associate Professor Yan Alice Xie. “He focused on ensuring membership engagement by listening to the needs of each student and improving the retention of members. With his help, the ITM Association has become one of the most respected and beloved student organizations through the College of Business.”
Through ITM, Decker also has found success in competition. He led a team of five students to win second place at the Association for Information Systems Visual Aid Competition in 2016. And in 2017, the ITM Association won third place at the Association Information Systems Merck Analytic Competition.
Decker’s campus involvement isn’t limited to the ITM Association. He also strengthens involvement within the other organizations he joins, which include Finance Association, Alpha Kappa Psi, and the National Society of Leadership and Success.
For example, during Decker’s two-year tenure as the Finance Association president, the organization saw increases in membership and the budget, and a strengthened executive board and alumni base. The Finance Association also set up concrete partnerships with various corporations.
In addition to the contributions Decker has made at UM-Dearborn, he also is active in the community. He has volunteered for the Give Back Project, helping to gather hundreds of toiletry items for Detroit homeless shelters.