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Thomas Aláan

Coordinator, UIC Energy Initiative

Lecturer, UIC Honors College

Energy Initiative, Liberal Arts and Sciences, UIC

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Contact

Building & Room:

2340 SES, MC 273

Address:

845 W. Taylor St., Chicago IL, 60607

Office Phone:

(312) 996-2141

About

Thomas Aláan has developed sustainability and energy-related programs for the UIC Energy Initiative in partnership with local and nationwide organizations since 2010. Most notable is the acclaimed Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy (SISE). Now in its tenth year, the program is the UIC Energy Initiative’s most visible program. Thomas also works with Jordi Cabana on the Next Thomas Aláan has developed sustainability and energy related programs for the UIC Energy Initiative in partnership with local and nationwide organizations since 2010. Most notable is the acclaimed Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy (SISE). Now in its tenth year, the program is the UIC Energy Initiative’s most visible program. Thomas also works with Jordi Cabana on the Next Generation Electrochemistry (NGenE) workshop, and has developed several programs over the years including the iThink lecture series, the University of Common Sense, and ENERnational. As coordinator of the Energy Initiative, he’s a “utility player,” performing everything from web and graphic design to marketing, development to grant writing, supervising to paying the bills, and developing and supporting curriculum and programs. He teaches Music as a Tool for Environmentalism and Change and The Music and Science Connection in the UIC Honors College.

Outside UIC, Thomas is a professional classical musician (voice and saxophone) who concertizes across the United States. Thomas received his Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) in Performance from the University of Wisconsin - Madison where he was a Paul Collins Wisconsin Distinguished Graduate Fellow studying with Jim Doing. His research interests include the performance practice and ornamentation of Sean-nòs singers, developing educational frameworks for approaching science, philosophy, and environmentalism through music, and the use of music in sociopolitical and environmental movements. 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. He is one of the directors 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 Beyond Legal Aid.

Selected Grants

Department of Energy, Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy, Coordinator

National Science Foundation, Next Generation Electrochemistry, Coordinator

Service to Community

Vice President, Board of Directors, Beyond Legal Aid (formerly CALA), 2016—present
Secretary and Founding Board Member, Community Activism Law Alliance (CALA), 2014—2016

Notable Honors

2018-2021, Paul Collins Wisconsin Distinguished Graduate Fellow, University of Wisconsin — Madison

Education

Doctor of Musical Arts, Voice Performance, University of Wisconsin - Madison
Master of Arts, Vocal Pedagogy, Texas Woman's University
Bachelor of Arts, Music Education, Alderson-Broaddus University

Professional Memberships

National Association of Teachers of Singing
Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia National Fraternity of America, Inc.

Selected Presentations

Entrepreneurship in the Arts... with Cats!

  • University of Illinois at Chicago, Honors College

Interdisciplinary Collaboration

  • Illinois Institute of Technology, American Institute of Chemical Engineers

Countertenor Pedagogy and Master Class

  • Helena Music Teacher Association

Artistic and Professional Performances and Exhibits

Please see artist website at thomasalaan.com for full list.