Program Coordinator, Energy Initiative
University of Illinois at Chicago
Thomas Aláan has developed — and implemented! — sustainability and energy related programs for the UIC Energy Initiative in partnership with local and nationwide organizations since 2010. Most notable of these programs is the acclaimed Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy (SISE), of which he is the primary point of contact. Now in its ninth year, the program remains the UIC Energy Initiative’s most visible program. Thomas also works with Jordi Cabana on the Next Generation Electrochemistry (NGenE) program, and has developed several comparable programs including the iThink lecture series, the University of Common Sense, and ENERnational. As coordinator of the Energy Initiative he is a “utility player,” and does everything from webdesign to marketing, development to grant writing, supervising to paying the bills, and developing curriculum for Energy Initiative programs.
Outside UIC, Thomas is a professional classical singer who concertizes across the United States and conducts and teaches in Chicago. He is Director of the Bach and Beethoven Experience, Assistant Conductor of Choirs and Director of Women’s Schola at Holy Name Cathedral, and Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Community Activism Law Alliance. He holds a Master of Arts in Vocal Pedagogy from Texas Woman’s University, a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Alderson-Broaddus University, and a Certificate in Emerging Nonprofits from The Law Project. Currently, he is a Paul J. Collins Fellow at the University of Wisconsin - Madison where he is pursuing the Doctor of Musical Arts in Performance. His research includes traditional Irish singing and the intersection of sustainability and music.