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Associate Professor,
Department of Materials Science and Engineering.



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Joshua M. Pearce


Michigan Technological University,
512 M&ME Building,
1400 Townsend Drive.

Research Interests:

Photovoltaic Materials and Electronic Device Physics of Solar Photovoltaic Cells: Gallium nitride (GaN) and indium gallium nitride (InGaN) Hydrogenated amorphous and nanocrystalline silicon (a-Si:H, nc-Si:H) Applied Sustainability and Green Engineering: Solar energy Sustainable development


  • 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 and helped develop the Applied Sustainability graduate 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.
  • His 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 and energy policy.