Researchers
Dr. Joshua M. Pearce - Group Leader

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
Associate 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.

Alexandra Glover
Alexandra Glover is a Materials Science and Engineering major at Michigan Technological University.

Her research focuses on designing, building and testing an extruder for the RepRap (open-source 3D printer) that uses polymer waste as a feedstock in the groups RecycleBots.



Bas Wijnen -- PhD Candidate


Bas Wijnen is a Ph.D. canidadate in Materials Science and Engineering major at Michigan Technological University.

His research focuses on open-source 3-D  printing of advanced devices using RepRap technology. He is investigating a combination of printable motors using a mix of PLA, solvable and conductive materials.
Ben Wittbrodt

Ben Wittbrodt is a Materials Science and Engineering M.Sc. student at Michigan Tech.

His current research is focusing on the use of open-source 3-D printers to fabricate photovoltaic components.



Brennan Tymrak
Brennan Tymrak is currently pursuing a M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering.

His current research focuses on the use of the group's open source polymer laser welding system to design ultra-low cost heat exchangers and the mechanical testing of polymer components made using the open source RepRap 3-D printer.

Chenlong Zhang -- PhD Candidate
Chenlong is a PhD candidate in Materials Science and Engineering. His research will be the cutting-edge InGaN based PV materils and solar cells and our open source PL system.

He is also interested in the chemistry of making functional materials for open source 3-D printing.


Emily Hunt
Emily is a Material Science and Engineering, student involved with the Pavlis Institute.

Her research primarily focuses on developing new open-source hardware for advanced 3-D printing applications such as electronic and other functional materials.


Jason Jakary
Jason is in his second year, studying Physics with a minor in Electrical Engineering. He is a member of Mighican Tech's Aerospace Enterprise and is working with the Power Team on the charge controler and power distribution system for their satellite, the Oculus-ASR.

His work in the group focused on open source recyclebot technology to provide 3D filament from waste plastic.
Jephias Gwamuri -- Fulbright Scholar, PhD Candidate
Jephias is a PhD candidate in Materials Science and Engineering.

His research is on the application of plasmonics to increase the efficiency of thin-film solar photovoltaic devices. He is also interested in PV systems optimization and design.


Joseph Rozario --Winn Fellow, Msc Candidate
Joseph is a PhD candidate in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Michigan Technological University.

His research is on the device physics and characterization of InGaN-based  photovoltaic cells. He is also  working no developing an open-source PV-powered portable 3D-printer.

Rob Andrews - PhD Candidate
Rob Andrews is a PhD Candidate the Applied Sustainability group at Queen's University. He received both an MASc and B. SC. in Mechanical Engineering with first class honours from the same institution.



His research focus is on photovoltaic system design and environmentally responsible manufacturing.
Saba Khosravieh - PhD Candidate
Saba Sadeghi Khosravieh is a PhD Candidate the Applied Sustainability group at Queen's University.


She is working in collobaoration with Dr. Kevin Robbie's group on the development of new thin film coating processes for solar photovoltaic devices.