National Team

Alexander Dale, PhD

Executive Director

atdale@eswusa.org

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.

Ahra Kwon

Development Coordinator

akwon@eswusa.org

As a recent addition to the San Francisco Bay Area's ever growing population, Ahra serves as the Development Coordinator with a corporate focus for ESW. She is originally from the East Coast and graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor's of Science in Chemical Engineering. Her work experiences range from natural gas processing, commercial/residential solar energy installation, to biotechnology. Ahra's current work at Genentech allows her to bring some perspectives on sustainable practices in pharmaceutical manufacturing. As Development Coordinator she hopes to make new connections to strengthen ESW's mission and is excited to be involved with the growth of ESW in the Bay Area.

Alexandria Julius

Technology Coordinator

amjulius@eswusa.org

Alex graduated from Smith College in 2014 (B.S. Engineering Science; B.A. Environmental Science and Policy), where she was a four year ESW-Smith member and treasurer. Originally from Youngstown, Ohio, Alex is drawn to the complexity of environmental and natural disaster hazard and risk reduction. She is currently working at the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) in Oakland, CA, furthering earthquake reconnaissance efforts and dissemination of information and data through the Earthquake Clearinghouse project. She finds extreme importance in integrating environmental justice and the dismantling of oppressive systems within academia and STEM into her work and bringing the mission of ESW into all aspects of her professional and academic career. Alex is very excited to further develop ESW’s digital community as Technology Coordinator!

Alyssa Hubert

New Chapter Coordinator

ahubert@eswusa.org

Alyssa earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering at the University at Buffalo, where she first joined ESW as a part of the UB chapter. In 2013-2014 Alyssa served as the President for the UB-ESW chapter and Vice President in 2012-2013. Upon gradating college, Alyssa moved down south to Georgia to begin her career in the medical devices field. She is excited about continuing her efforts in the sustainable community of her new area. Furthermore, she hopes to bring a more sustainable business practice to her career in the healthcare field. She is excited to take on her role as New Chapter Development Coordinator to expand the organization to more areas of the country.

Andrew Beck

Education Coordinator

abeck@eswusa.org

Andrew is currently in pursuit of a B.S. in Chemical Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh. Having spent almost three years now with ESW-Pitt in a wide distribution of roles – leading an LCA+U group, working as Treasurer, holding a weekly discussion/book club, assisting with Regional Conference planning – he has presently pinned down education as his primary focus. He also tends to fixate on how solutions to so many different problems already exist, and how we can better proliferate and shape them to different communities.
 
When Andrew isn't being drawn and quartered by his ever-expanding list of interests, he spends his time in the wilderness, reading, or playing ultimate frisbee.

Berlyn Hubler

Branding Coordinator

bhubler@eswusa.org

Berlyn is currently pursuing a PhD in Sustainability at Rochester Institute of Technology where her research focuses on critical materials and urban mining.  Prior to graduate studies, Berlyn obtained her BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh where she participated in ESW-Pitt’s discussion/book club and worked on various projects.  She loves learning and brainstorming creative solutions to sustainability issues.  Her interests range from personal and community sustainability to sustainable systems.  Usually, you can find her running, reading, or making things (art, food, etc.).

Brian Lange

Technology Director

bjlange@eswusa.org

Brian Lange is a recent graduate from the Computer Engineering program at Northwestern University. He works as a Data Scientist at Datascope Analytics, where he leads design process exercises and designs analyses, web interfaces and visualizations. Brian believes that human centered design coupled with the latest technology can make our planet more sustainable. While he's not nerding out about information density and saving the world, he enjoys science and comedy podcasts, making beer, and listening to weird music.

Brittany Bennett

Chapter Relations Director

bbennett@eswusa.org

On the National Team, Brittany serves as the Director of Chapter Relations, where she works to ensure communication between ESW chapters and the National Team and to provide resources to chapters to aid in their growth stability. She currently attends Smith College, a liberal arts womens college, as a senior studying Engineering Science. 

 

Calvin Holic

Deputy Director

crholic@eswusa.org

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 the National Team 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 National Team, he works to increase inter-departmental synergy while assessing and addressing internal needs. He also serves as the head of recruitment for the National Team -- if you have any questions about working with the National Team, feel free to contact him!

 

Candace Grogg

Chapter Relations Coordinator

clgrogg@eswusa.org

Candace will graduate in December 2014 from Robert Morris University where she is majoring in mechanical engineering and minoring in alternative energy and sustainability. Candace wanted to become a Chapter Relations Coordinator so that she could stay involved with ESW once she graduates. She was the charter vice president for her school's chapter in the fall of 2013 and became chapter president in the spring of 2014. Through educational outreach with ESW, she has a new found love of teaching kids about renewable energy and sustainability. She strongly thinks the way to influence the world is by influencing the youth. Candace is obsessed with cats and the Pittsburgh Pirates (Let's go Bucs!).

Chris Thai

Chapter Relations Coordinator

cthai@eswusa.org

Chris is working on a Master’s of Science in Environmental and Sustainability Engineering at the University of Colorado Denver.  He moved to Denver partially for the focus on urban infrastructure and sustainability at UCD and partially Colorado's outdoors opportunities.  He finished his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh where he discovered ESW as a sophomore.  His current academic interests lie in bikes, mixed modes of transportation, urbanism, and occasionally, life cycle assessment.  He is excited to take on the position of Chapter Relations Coordinator and for the opportunity to help grow ESW.