Tom Loughran is a Philosopher in the Physics Department at the University of Notre Dame. As Professional Specialist in the area of broadening the impacts of academic research, Tom’s expertise is in partnership development between universities and surrounding communities. Much of his efforts have centered on STEM education, understood as issuing effective invitations to new members of the STEM research community. Since 1998, Tom has built or extended programs on that Integrated STEM Community model in high energy physics, molecular nanoelectronics, computer science, astrophysics, genetics and environmental science, at various local, regional, national and international levels.
Since 2006, Tom has participated in international community development through BOSCO-Uganda. BOSCO’s (ICT4D) mission to foster off-grid rural communications was recognized by the first Breaking Borders Award from Google and Global Voices in 2010. That effort has now grown—under the Accenture-sponsored CE3 project administered by the Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development—to include distributed microscale electrification to catalyze entrepreneurial activity across communities in Northern Uganda and South Africa.
A triple Domer (B.S. Chemistry; M.A. & Ph.D Philosophy from the University of Notre Dame), Loughran serves on the boards for enFocus, an organization dedicated to creating a regional ecosystem that fosters entrepreneurial talent in Michiana, and for BOSCO, Inc., the US-based nonprofit arm of BOSCO-Uganda.