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George Crabtree, PhD Heading link

George Crabtree

Dr. George Crabtree, an Argonne National Laboratory Senior Scientist and Distinguished Fellow, is Distinguished Professor of Physics & Electrical and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Illinois Chicago where he directs the Energy Initiative and Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy, and he teaches courses on energy, climate change, and batteries. He is also co-director of Next Generation Electrochemistry and co-chairs the Chancellor’s Committee on Sustainability and Energy.

Dr. Crabtree is also Director of the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research. As JCESR Director, Crabtree directs the overall strategy and goals of the research program and operational plan, acts as liaison to executives of JCESR partner organizations, and represents JCESR with external constituencies and advisory committees.

He has won numerous awards for his research, including the Kammerlingh Onnes Prize for his work on the physics of vortices in high-temperature superconductors. This prestigious prize is awarded once every three years; Crabtree is its second recipient. He has won the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Award for Outstanding Scientific Accomplishment in Solid State Physics four times, a notable accomplishment. He won an R&D 100 Award for his pioneering development of magnetic flux imaging systems.

Crabtree is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, a Charter Member of ISI’s Highly Cited Researchers in Physics, a Member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Crabtree has published more than 440 papers in leading scientific journals, collected more than 18,000 career citations, and has given more than 150 invited talks at national and international scientific conferences. His research interests include energy storage, materials science, nanoscale superconductors and magnets, superconductivity, and highly correlated electrons in metals.

He has led DOE workshops on next-generation energy storage, hydrogen, solar energy, superconductivity, and materials under extreme environments, and co-chaired the Undersecretary of Energy’s assessment of DOE’s applied energy programs. He has testified before the U.S. Congress on the hydrogen economy, meeting sustainable energy challenges and energy innovation Hubs. Crabtree earned his Ph.D. in Condensed Matter Physics from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Thomas Aláan, DMA Heading link

Thomas Aláan

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 12th 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. He’s a “utility player,” performing everything from web and graphic design to marketing, development to grant writing, and developing and supporting curriculum and programs.

Thomas teaches interdisciplinary music courses like Music as a Tool for Environmentalism and Change and The Music and Science Connection in the UIC Honors College. He has presented and moderated panels on the use of music and the arts in environmental spaces at SISE, the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, and Loyola University’s Climate Change Conference, and presented on music more broadly through the Helena Music Teachers Association, The People’s Music School, and the Self Employment in the Arts (SEA) Art Business Entrepreneurship Workshop. He co-directs Chicago’s The EcoVoice Project, which makes makes music that informs, connects, and inspires people to act for environmentally just causes.

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; educational frameworks for approaching science, philosophy, and environmentalism through music; and the use of music in sociopolitical and environmental movements. He also holds a Master of Arts in Vocal Pedagogy, a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education, and a certificate in Emerging Nonprofits from The Law Project. He is on the artistic leadership team of OperaWorks™, co-directors the Bach and Beethoven Experience, is Assistant Conductor of Choirs at Holy Name Cathedral, and volunteers as Vice President of the Board of Directors for Beyond Legal Aid.

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