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.

Alexandria Julius

Technology Coordinator

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, as well as collection and dissemination of post-disaster scientific data (particularly for spatial analysis). She finds extreme importance in the incorporation of environmental justice and the dismantling of oppressive systems within academia and STEM into all of her work, particularly by drawing 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

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

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

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.).

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 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

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

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.  

David J. "DJ" D'Agostino

Development Coordinator

DJ is a recent graduate of Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey where he majored in environmental engineering and minored in green engineering. At Stevens, DJ discovered ESW through a recommendation by a professor, and after finding a fellow student who shared his new found love for ESW, the two set out to found a chapter at Stevens.
Spending a year as president of ESW-SIT, he set up several projects and initiatives and passed the torch onto a rising senior to continue the legacy. Now, DJ is a new resident of Greenville, South Carolina where he is employed by Colgate-Palmolive as the Environmental, Occupational Health, and Safety coordinator for a start-up manufacturing facility. DJ is excited to have the opportunity to give back to ESW, in his role as development coordinator, after gaining so much insight to the field of sustainability through attending regional and national ESW conferences.

Derek Chung

New Chapter Coordinator

Derek Chung, 24, is a former inventory clerk / lifeguard / construction worker / swim coach / world traveler / chapter co-founder and president / assistant development director of the National Team.  This "has been" is more concern about what ever "will be". Que sera. That is why he is carrying the fire inside (outside is trouble) and bringing it to the National Team once again.
Currently a Staff Engineer with AdvTech Environmental Inc, Derek looks forward to wandering around Southern Californian colleges finding like minded (or soon to be like minded) people willing to band together in the great cause of creating a sustainable world.
Catch him in So Cal for a sailing trip, biking for his next triathlon, or backpacking in a mountain with feral dogs, he looks forward to meeting you.

Erin Lennox

Projects Director

Erin received her B.S in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where she also served as the schools ESW chapter president. Through her involvement in ESW, she has worked on a variety of projects in Peru, Mexico, and Guatemala.  Erin is currently working towards her PhD in Ecological Economics, investigating the impact of climate change on smallholder agriculture in a Peruvian highland community.  In her role of projects director Erin is focused on creating guidance materials to help chapters successfully carry out, maintain and evaluate their projects. She is also helping to run the NY capital district professional chapter of ESW. When she is not working on her research, Erin enjoys skiing, knitting, and baking.

Erin is available via e-mail at