Joshua Pearce

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Michigan Technological University
Associate Professor
Professional Background: 

Joshua M. Pearce received his Ph.D. in Materials Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University. He then developed the first Sustainability program in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education as an assistant professor of Physics at Clarion University of Pennsylvania and helped develop the Applied Sustainability graduate engineering program while at Queen's University, Canada. He currently is an Associate Professor cross-appointed in the Department of Materials Science & Engineering and in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at the Michigan Technological University where he runs the Open Sustainability Technology Research Group.  He is the author of the Open-Source Lab:How to Build Your Own Hardware and Reduce Research Costs.


My research concentrates on the use of open source appropriate technology to find collaborative solutions to problems in sustainability and poverty reduction. My research spans areas of electronic device physics and materials engineering of solar photovoltaic cells, and RepRap 3-D printing, but also includes applied sustainability, energy and science policy.

Selected Publications: 

Joshua M. Pearce, “Building Research Equipment with Free, Open-Source Hardware.” Science 337 (6100): 1303–1304 (2012)

Joshua M. Pearce "Make nanotechnology research open-source", Nature 491, pp. 519–521(2012).

open hardware, open source hardware

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