National Team

Alexander Dale, PhD

Executive Director

Alex is the Executive Director for ESW-National. He directs the creation of new outreach and project initiatives, and acts as the external face of ESW at various events. He has helped created the Wicked Problems in Sustainable Engineering initiative, the LCA+U challenge, and driven increasing faculty and professional involvement with the organization. He has previously served as the Education Director and Director Communication & Technology.
Alex obtained his PhD at the University of Pittsburgh in 2013, focusing on Sustainability and Green Design within Civil & Environmental Engineering. His research focused on regional environmental impacts of future energy and water supplies, and he is incredibly passionate about the interconnection between various areas of sustainability (as well as definitions thereof). He received his B.S. in Engineering Physics from Pitt as well, and is the former president of the University of Pittsburgh’s ESW chapter, and has been involved in spearheading connectivity for the entire Pitt environmental community. In addition to working with ESW on the national level, Alex is interested in high-level policy, collegiate education, and street-level community work. Outside of ESW, he is also involved with TransitionPGH, and has spent four months living in Rio de Janeiro on a research rotation. When not enmeshed in research or some organization, Alex enjoys rock climbing, a good book, cooking, and coming up with new random ideas to work on. He also occasionally breathes.

Calvin Holic

Deputy Director

Calvin earned a B.S. in Computer Engineering and a B.A. in Mathematics at the University at Buffalo, where he was first introduced to (and fell in love with) ESW. After graduating from Buffalo, he attended Purdue University (Boiler Up!) where he earned his Master's degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering, focusing on computer architecture. As a graduate advisor for ESW-Purdue, he helped to rebuild the Purdue chapter. He now lives in beautiful Fort Collins, CO where he works as a computer engineer for AMD.

His top "sustainability interests" lie in electric vehicles and renewable (mainly solar) energy -- he is a Tesla enthusiast and Elon Musk admirer. Powering a stunning Model S with rooftop solar is one of his future dreams.

Calvin joined ESW-HQ in 2013 as a Chapter Relations Coordinator, where he maintained relationships with the ESW chapters in his region and provided assistance for chapter growth. Now as Deputy Director on the Leadership Team, he works to increase inter-departmental synergy while assessing and addressing internal needs. He also serves as the head of recruitment for ESW-HQ -- if you have any questions about working with the Leadership Team, feel free to contact him!