Outstanding Graduate, Fall 2023
Logan Colberg decided to attend Arizona State University to get a fresh start in a new part of the country after the COVID-19 pandemic threw his previous college experience off balance.
After transferring from the University of New Haven in Connecticut where he was studying forensic science and technology, Colberg joined the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at ASU to study environmental and resource management.
“I selected my major so I can be a positive force for the improvement of the health of both workers and the environment,” says Colberg, who also completed a certificate in geographic information science.
He was pleasantly surprised that the degree program taught him more about government policy related to the environment and engineering than he’d expected. The engineering side of his degree has allowed him to channel his curiosity and apply his creativity and professional interests.
“Engineering is so fun because there are so many ways to solve each problem that can be faced in almost any situation,” he says. “The freedom to complete tasks using novel methods is liberating to the mind and soul.”
Al Brown, an emeritus professor who recently retired from his position as a teaching professor in the environmental resource and management program, was one of Colberg’s most impactful professors during his time at ASU.
“He taught me that you can dedicate your entire life to a particular field and never grow tired of it,” Colberg says. “After decades surrounding himself in the world of environmental and health issues, Professor Brown was as excited as ever about the field and teaching it to others through to the day he retired.”
Colberg’s passion for improving systems to help others extended to his time as a student worker with the information technology department in The Polytechnic School, part of the Fulton Schools. There, he enjoyed supporting Fulton Schools faculty and staff to help educational programs run smoothly.
After graduation, Colberg is moving to the Midwest to begin a career as a special agent for the U.S. Department of Defense. While not directly related to his degree, Colberg says he will apply the critical thinking and complex problem-solving skills he learned as an engineering student.