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Joshua Pearce

Professor, Entrepreneurship & Sustainability

Thompson Centre for Engineering Leadership & Innovation a cross-appointed Professor at the Ivey

Joshua Pearce

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Joshua Pearce is a cross-appointed Professor at the Ivey and the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering. He is the John M. Thompson Chair in Information Technology and Innovation at the Thompson Centre for Engineering Leadership & Innovation. His research spans areas of solar photovoltaic technology, open hardware, distributed recycling and additive manufacturing, policy and economics.

Joshua runs the Free Appropriate Sustainability Technology (FAST) research group. He has worked with, consulted for, and been funded by dozens of renewable energy and additive manufacturing companies as well as the US Government and the UN.

His research was the first to show that levelized cost of solar photovoltaic electricity was economically competitive in North America, the first to demonstrate that open hardware can save scientists 90-99% on research costs, and the first to show that household level distributed recycling and manufacturing were technically feasible, less environmentally harmful and profitable for consumers. His research is regularly covered by the international and national press and it is continually ranked in the top 0.1% on He is the editor-in-chief of HardwareX, the first journal dedicated to open source scientific hardware and the author of the Open-Source Lab:How to Build Your Own Hardware and Reduce Research CostsCreate, Share, and Save Money Using Open-Source Projects, and To Catch the Sun, an open source book on how to harness solar energy.

Joshua 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 and helped develop the Collaborative Applied Sustainability graduate engineering program while at Queen's University, Canada. Then he was the first Richard Witte Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and a Professor cross-appointed in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at the Michigan Technological University where he inaugurated and was the faculty advisor for the Michigan Tech Open Source Hardware Enterprise and ran the Open Sustainability Technology Research Group. He was a Fulbright-Aalto University Distinguished Chair and a visiting professor of Photovoltaics and Nanoengineering at Aalto University as well as a visiting Professor Équipe de Recherche sur les Processus Innovatifs (ERPI), Université de Lorraine, France.

Dr. Pearce is always looking for motivated research students and collaborators. See here.

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  • PhD The Pennsylvania State University

Recent Refereed Articles

  • Jamil, U.; Saadat, S. A.; Pearce, J. P., (Forthcoming), "Distributed Manufacturing for Distributed Generation: 3-D Printed Solar Photovoltaic Module Mounting Mechanisms for Wood Racking", Renewable Energy: 120651 - 120651.
  • Ramaraj, B. R.; Mahalingam, U.; Ramasamy, P.; Pearce, J. P.; Mayandi, J.; Mahalingam, A., 2024, "Environmental Remediation of Real Textile Dyeing Wastewater Under Visible Light and Inactivation of Pathogenic Bacteria Using ZnO/CuO Nano‐Needles", physica status solidi (a), May 220(9)
  • Suescun Gonzalez, C.; Cruz Sanchez, F. A.; Boudaoud, H.; Nouvel, C.; Pearce, J. P., 2024, "Multi‐material distributed recycling via material extrusion: recycled high density polyethylene and poly (ethylene terephthalate) mixture", Polymer Engineering & Science, April 64(4): 1555 - 1570.
  • Petsiuk, A.; Singh, H.; Dadhwal, H.; Pearce, J. P., 2024, "Synthetic-to-Real Composite Semantic Segmentation in Additive Manufacturing", Journal of Manufacturing and Materials Processing, April 8(2): 66 - 66.
  • Otero, J.; Pearce, J. P.; Gozal, D.; Farré, R., 2024, "Open-source design of medical devices", Nature Reviews Bioengineering, April 2(4): 280 - 281.
  • Mottaghi, M.; Pearce, J. P., 2024, "A Review of 3D Printing Batteries", Batteries, March 10(3): 110 - 110.
  • Roy, R.; Pearce, J. P., 2024, "Is small or big solar better for the environment? Comparative life cycle assessment of solar photovoltaic rooftop vs. ground-mounted systems", The International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment, March 29(3): 516 - 536.
  • Woods, M. C.; Nauta, N.; Pearce, J. P., 2024, "Open-Source Flexible Material Tensile Testing Apparatus", Hardware, February 2(1): 33 - 49.
  • Vandewetering, N.; Jamil, U.; Pearce, J. P., 2024, "Ballast-Supported Foundation Designs for Low-Cost Open-Source Solar Photovoltaic Racking", Designs, February 8(1): 17 - 17.
  • Burghardt, K.; Craven, T.; Sardar, N. A.; Pearce, J. P., 2024, "Towards Sustainable Protein Sources: The Thermal and Rheological Properties of Alternative Proteins", Foods, January 13(3): 448 - 448.
  • Jamil, U.; Vandewetering, N.; Sadat, S. A.; Pearce, J. P., 2024, "Wood- and Cable-Based Variable Tilt Stilt-Mounted Solar Photovoltaic Racking System", Designs, January 8(1): 6 - 6.
  • Hafting, F. K.; Kulas, D.; Michels, E.; Chipkar, S.; Wisniewski, S.; Shonnard, D.; Pearce, J. P., 2023, "Modular Open-Source Design of Pyrolysis Reactor Monitoring and Control Electronics", Electronics, December 12(24): 4893 - 4893.
  • Oberloier, S.; Whisman, N. G.; Pearce, J. P., 2023, "Finding Ideal Parameters for Recycled Material Fused Particle Fabrication-Based 3D Printing Using an Open Source Software Implementation of Particle Swarm Optimization", 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing, December 10(6): 1287 - 1300.
  • Peplinski, J. E.; Pearce, J. P., 2023, "Economic Efficiency of an Open-Source National Medical Lab Software in Canada", Journal of Medical Systems, December 47(1)
  • Hayibo, K. S.; Pearce, J. P., 2023, "Vertical Free-Swinging Photovoltaic Racking Energy Modeling: A Novel Approach To Agrivoltaics", Renewable Energy, December 218

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