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Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, and Electrical and Computer Engineering, Michigan Technological University

Dr. 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 where he also started their nanotechnology program. Then he was cross-appointed in the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering and the School of Environmental Studies at Queen's University, Canada. There he helped develop the Applied Sustainability graduate program and currently still runs the Queen's Applied Sustainability Research Group as an adjunct professor.

He currently is an Professor cross-appointed in the Department of Materials Science & Engineering and in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at the Michigan Technological University. He runs the MTU laboratory in open sustainability technology, whose research concentrates on the use of open source appropriate technology to find collaborative solutions to problems in sustainability and poverty reduction. His research spans areas of electronic device physics and materials engineering of solar photovoltaic cells, but also includes applied sustainability, energy policy, and engineering service learning. He is the Manuscript Editor for the International Journal for Service Learning in Engineering: Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship.

Dr. Pearce has a personal interest and strong track record in promoting open and applied sustainability in the real world. These efforts of moving science and technology of sustainability forward have also been widely covered in the media including television, radio, newspapers, magazines, blogs, documentaries and films.


  • 2017–present
    Professor, Michigan Tech


Fulbright-Aalto Distinguished Chair