Joshua Pearce, PhD

Joshua Pearce, PhD

Dr. Joshua Pearce is Editor-in-Chief of HardwareXand currently the Fulbright-Aalto University Distinguished Chair funded by Fulbright Finland to develop free and open source scientific hardware. At home, he is a professor cross-appointed in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Michigan Technological University. He runs the Michigan Tech Open Sustainability Technology Lab, whose research concentrates on the use of open source appropriate technology to find collaborative solutions to problems in sustainability and poverty reduction. Their work is all open source and freely available on

Prof. Pearce received his PhD in Materials Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University on low cost thin-film solar photovoltaic technology. 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.

His research spans areas of open-source 3-D printing with RepRap technology and solar photovoltaic technology. His work also investigates applied sustainability, policy, and smashing the price points of scientific hardware using open-source methods.

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