Program Coordinator, Energy Initiative
University of Illinois at Chicago
Since 2010, Thomas Aláan has developed (and implemented!) energy-related programs for the UIC Energy Initiative; cultivated local and nationwide partnerships; and collaborated with energy professionals and institutions around Chicago. Most notable of these programs is the acclaimed Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy (SISE), of which he is the primary administrator. Now in its eighth year, the program remains the UIC Energy Initiatives most visible and longest running program. Thomas works closely with Chicago businesses and universities to grow SISE and related programming. Thomas also works with Jordi Cabana to grow and implement the Next Generation Electrochemistry (NGenE) program, and has developed several comparable institutional programs, including the iThink lecture series, the University of Common Sense, and ENERnational. As coordinator of the Energy Initiative, he supervises and disseminates marketing materials; develops websites and branding; hires and supervises student workers and interns; represents the Energy Initiative vision as a guest presenter and panelist; and writes grants. Outside UIC, Thomas is a classical musician and historically informed performer. He is an active as a performer, teacher, and conductor in the Midwest and has concertized across the country. He holds an M.A. in vocal pedagogy from Texas Woman’s University, a B.A. in music education from Alderson-Broaddus University, and a Certificate in Emerging Nonprofits from The Law Project. He is Director of the Bach and Beethoven Ensemble and Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Community Activism Law Alliance, both 501(c)3 organizations.