Joshua M. Pearce

Joshua M. Pearce


  • Associate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
  • Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics
  • PhD, Materials - Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University
  • BS, Physics and Chemistry, The Pennsylvania State University

Areas of Interest

  • 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, Open Source Appropriate Technology, and Energy Policy
  • Open-source 3-D printing, RepRap (self-replicating rapid prototyper), recyclebot (waste plastic recycling to 3-D filament, low-cost metal 3-D printing, distributed manufacturing, ethical filament

Now Hiring

  • Dr. Pearce is presently seeking students at the Ph.D., masters and undergraduate level for research in photovoltaic materials, solar cells, open-source 3-D printing, open-source hardware for scientific equipment and applied sustainability/energy policy. Interested applicants should have a strong academic background and a demonstrated interest in closely related areas. To apply for a position in the group follow the instructions here: