North­eastern senior Patrick Lupfer com­manded 45 fellow ROTC cadets over a 10-​​day stretch this summer as a pla­toon sergeant at the U.S. Army Leader Devel­op­ment and Assess­ment Course at Fort Lewis, Washington.

Lupfer said guiding the cadets through training exer­cises at LDAC — a four-​​week summer course designed to eval­uate and train Army ROTC cadets in between their junior and senior years of col­lege — gave him a tremen­dous oppor­tu­nity to demon­strate his lead­er­ship skills.

In his role he com­pleted chal­lenging tasks, learned how to use moti­va­tional tech­niques and devel­oped an under­standing of how to lead a diverse group of cadets from across the country.

When you’re put in a lead­er­ship posi­tion like that, you have to under­stand where all your cadets are coming from. You have to create a pos­i­tive envi­ron­ment, moti­vate your cadets and lead in a manner to get your mis­sion accom­plished,” Lupfer said. “I think I did that successfully.”

Lupfer’s out­standing per­for­mance at LDAC also earned him a pres­ti­gious honor. He was recently ranked No. 1 out of 5,579 senior ROTC cadets on the U.S. Army Cadet Command’s National Order of Merit List. The list is deter­mined by sev­eral cri­teria, including grade point average; strong ath­letic per­for­mance in the Army Phys­ical Fit­ness Test; and col­lege ath­letic par­tic­i­pa­tion and per­for­mance during col­lege ROTC training and at the Leader Devel­op­ment and Assess­ment Course.

It’s a great honor, and it’s very hum­bling,” Lupfer said. “I’ve worked very hard in school and ROTC to accom­plish a lot and per­form at a high level. But I also share this with all my peers because ROTC is a group effort, and we’re always training together and learning from each other. I see this as much as a Lib­erty Bat­talion accom­plish­ment as my own.”

At North­eastern, Lupfer runs the ROTC training exer­cises and instructs younger cadets as the cadet bat­talion com­mander of Lib­erty Bat­talion. The bat­talion com­prises more than 100 cadets from sev­eral area col­leges, including North­eastern, Boston Col­lege, Went­worth Insti­tute of Tech­nology and the Uni­ver­sity of Mass­a­chu­setts Boston.

Four other Lib­erty Bat­talion ROTC cadets fin­ished in the top 500 on the Order of Merit List, placing them in the top 10 per­cent nation­ally: Jared Joyce (37), Darren Berrigan (282), Kevin Wong (390) and Martin Bye (438).

Throughout his ROTC career, Lupfer has con­sis­tently sought out oppor­tu­ni­ties that have chal­lenged him and built upon his training expe­ri­ence. He attended the highly com­pet­i­tive U.S. Army’s Air­borne School in Georgia and Air Assault School in Ken­tucky in the sum­mers fol­lowing his freshman and sopho­more years.

Through these training-​​focused pro­grams, he learned post-​​ROTC tac­tical skills, such as para­chuting into enemy ter­ri­tory and exe­cuting heli­copter missions.

Last weekend, he and sev­eral other Lib­erty Bat­talion cadets par­tic­i­pated in the Ranger Chal­lenge com­pe­ti­tion in New Jersey, where bat­tal­ions within their regional brigades com­peted against one another in a series of training exer­cises including weapons pro­fi­ciency, land nav­i­ga­tion and lead­er­ship training.

These types of expe­ri­ences have given me an extra leg up and helped me suc­ceed,” Lupfer said.

His suc­cess as a stu­dent is equally as impres­sive as his suc­cess as a cadet. The civil engi­neering major is a member of Northeastern’s chapter of the Amer­ican Society of Civil Engi­neers and has com­pleted a co-​​op and an intern­ship with Pre­load Inc., a N.Y.-based com­pany that designs and con­structs con­crete water-​​storage tanks.

For his cap­stone project this past spring, Lupfer and his class­mates cre­ated a plan to redesign Quincy Shore Drive in Quincy, Mass. The goal of the plan was to turn the four-​​lane roadway into a two-​​lane roadway in order to accom­mo­date bike lanes, wider side­walks and more green space.

We wanted to encourage more means of trans­porta­tion,” said Lupfer, whose group worked closely with city offi­cials and pre­sented them with their redesign.

After grad­u­ating in December, Lupfer hopes to join the U.S. Army Corps of Engi­neers. Ear­lier this summer, he interned at the Corps of Engi­neers in Alaska, where he super­vised job sites and per­formed field inspec­tions of civil-​​engineering work.

I think this would allow me to uti­lize my degree and present a variety of oppor­tu­ni­ties for me in my career,” he said.