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Logan Welsh shares his experience as an engineering student and member of the Texas A&M University Corps of Cadets. | Image: Texas A&M Engineering

Logan Welsh, a senior in the Zachry Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering with an interest in water resources and a minor in project management, balances life as an engineering student and a member of the Texas A&M University Corps of Cadets.

In his most prominent role as the artillery band sergeant major, he is responsible for overseeing and managing about 170 students in the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band. Additionally, he serves in the Ross Volunteer Company, the honor guard of the Texas governor’s office that serves at events with donors or at ceremonies, such as funerals or service events.

As Welsh expressed on his episode of the Engineering SoundBytes podcast, balancing his commitments with the Corps of Cadets and his engineering education has been challenging, but he wouldn’t change a thing.

“There are so many things you can say yes to and receive so much growth from if you give it your all,” he said. “So, although it’s been a deep challenge with time management, I feel like there are things that I’ve gained from being both a cadet and being an engineer that have kind of helped me in the other field as well.”

Problem-solving, for example. Welsh explained that he brought the engineering mindset of approaching a problem — such as needing to building a bridge over a river — and finding a direct and intentional solution to developing people and organizations around him in the Corps of Cadets.

On the other hand, the lessons in leadership that he has gained from the Corps of Cadets have made him a stronger engineer and project manager.

“One of the biggest things that the Corps has taught me in terms of leadership is that you will not find true success until you learn to invest in the success of others,” Welsh said.

This merges with his engineering education in that, in his career, he will be able to not only develop technology but also build up team members around him to help continue to advance the organization from several angles.

These comments are part of a larger conversation. To hear more, listen to this Engineering SoundBytes podcast episode on any major audio platform or on our BuzzSprout Homepage.