Coordinator, UIC Energy Initiative
Lecturer, UIC Honors College
Energy Initiative, Liberal Arts and Sciences, UIC
Building & Room:
2340 SES, MC 273
845 W. Taylor St., Chicago IL, 60607
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 he 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,” and performing everything from web design to marketing, development to grant writing, supervising to paying the bills, and developing curriculum for Energy Initiative programs. In 2020, he will lead a new UIC Honors College course called “Music as a Tool for Environmentalism and Change.”
Outside UIC, Thomas is a professional classical musician (voice and saxophone) who concertizes across the United States. He is Director of the Bach and Beethoven Experience, Assistant Conductor and Director of Women’s Schola at Holy Name Cathedral, and Vice President of the Board of Directors for Beyond Legal Aid. He is a Paul J. Collins Fellow at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, where he is completing coursework for the Doctor of Musical Arts. His research interests include traditional Irish singing and the intersection of sustainability, science, and environmentalism and music. 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.
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
2018-2021, Paul J. Collins Fellowship, University of Wisconsin — Madison
Doctor of Musical Arts, Voice Performance, University of Wisconsin — Madison (IP, 2021)
Master of Arts, Vocal Pedagogy, Texas Woman's University (2007)
Bachelor of Arts, Music Education, Alderson-Broaddus University (2005)
National Association of Teachers of Singing
Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia National Fraternity of America, Inc.
Entrepreneurship in the Arts... with Cats!
- University of Illinois at Chicago, Honors College
- Illinois Institute of Technology, American Institute of Chemical Engineers
Countertenor Pedagogy and Master Class
- Helena Music Teacher Association