Opensource.com ran coverage of Pearce’s work on encouraging “Global citizens unite to improve open source appropriate technology.”
Joshua Pearce’s (MSE/ECE) work on replacing coal work with solar was reprinted in Industry Week as well as being covered widely in the media including Politico and in articles covering both the US (One Year of Coal CEO Pay Could Retrain Every US Miner to Work in the Solar Industry– Greentech Media) as well as the Australian coal industries: What to do with coal workers? Retrain them for solar, says study.
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Joshua Pearce’s (MSE/ECE) research on solar employment has been covered widely including by MIT Technology Review, Epoch Times, Indiana Public Radio, Grist, Clean Technica and Vox in an article: New study: it would be cheap to retrain coal workers for solar jobs
The story has also been picked up in Europe:
- Het kost niks om mijnwerkers om te scholen tot installateurs van zonnepanelen – Groene Courant (Dutch)
- Mindenkinek megérné, ha átképzés után napelemekkel dolgoznának az amerikai szénipari munkások. Állásaik már amúgy sem biztosak. – Hirado — which is the main news program of MTVA, the Hungarian public broadcaster.
Solar Energy Is Powering New Careers And It Could Be Absorbing Coal Sector Job Losses
“The coal industry is on a downward slope from which it won’t get off,” Pearce, who teaches electrical engineering, told this reporter. “There is too much competition from not just natural gas but also renewables, and especially solar.”
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Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) was quoted on energy industry employment in “One Year of a Coal CEO’s Salary Could Transition U.S. Coal Miners to Work in Solar Industry” in EcoWatch and also in “US solar industry hailed as ‘light at end of tunnel’ for jobless coal miners” in Mining.
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Research by Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) was covered by the U.S. Department of State’s Share America.
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3D Print ran a story on 3-D printing research co-authored by Michigan Tech alumni Amberlee Haselhuhn (MSE) and Bas Wijnen (MSE), undergraduate student Michael Buhr (ME), with faculty Paul Sanders (MSE) and Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE). The story is titled “Aluminum Alloys: Researchers Explore the Microstructure-Property Relationship in Metal 3D Printing.”
The article “Structure-Property Relationships of Common Aluminum Weld Alloys Utilized as Feedstock for GMAW-based 3-D Metal Printing” was co-authored by Michigan Tech alumni Amberlee Haselhuhn (MSE) and Bas Wijnen (MSE), undergraduate student Michael Buhr (ME), with faculty Paul Sanders (MSE) and Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE). The article was published in Materials Science and Engineering: A.
Joshua Pearce’s (MSE/ECE) work on alternative foods during global catastrophes was covered in Science.
Here’s how the world could end—and what we can do about it
In the end, no amount of research can do much to prevent or mitigate supervolcanoes, or other freak events such as nearby supernova explosions and cosmic blasts of gamma rays. Our only hope of surviving them is a fallback plan. And the bottom line in that plan is food.
At least two scientists have already sketched out a blueprint. In their 2015 book Feeding Everyone No Matter What, David Denkenberger and Joshua Pearce propose several ways to feed billions of people without the help of the sun.
Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) co-authored an article in “Solutions” with Seth Baum and David Denkenberger of the Global Catastrophic Risk Institute titled “Alternative Foods as a Solution to Global Food Supply Catastrophes.”
The Times of London’s Higher Education Section ran an article about a paper by Joshua Pearce (MSE) published in the journal Tertiary Education and Management, scoring university vice presidents for research and other senior university executives on their own research productivity.
Research scores of US top brass fail to shine
Many university leaders would struggle to get even a junior academic job in their own institution if they were judged on their research record alone, a study has claimed.
The paper, titled “Are you overpaying your academic executive team? A method for detecting unmerited academic executive compensation”, was written by Joshua Pearce, associate professor in material science and engineering at Michigan Technological University, who compared the h-index scores of vice-presidents for research at America’s 10 largest universities against their remuneration.
Paul Sanders (MSE/IMP) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $170,042 research and development grant from the U.S. Department of Defense, Office of Naval Research.
Erik Herbert (MSE) and Stephen Hackney (MSE) are Co-PIs on the project “High Temperature Plasticity of Microalloyed Aluminum: Influence of Rapid Solidification and Wrought Processing on Precipitation Strengthening and Deformation Mechanisms.”
This is the first year of a potential three-year project totaling $502,467.
A new study focused on solar-hybrid energy systems using cogeneration, photovoltaics and battery technology and its potential impact in the Upper Peninsula was picked up by several media outlets including Solar Thermal Magazine, Phys.org and e! Science News.
The research was conducted by Abhilash Katamneni (CS), Richelle Winkler (SS), Joshua Pearce (ECE/MSE) and Lucia Gauchia (ECE/ME).
Net metering changes could drive people off grid, Michigan researchers say
“The results imply that economic circumstances could spur a positive feedback loop whereby grid electricity prices continue to rise and increasing numbers of customers choose alternatives,” the report says.
Research by Abhi Katamneni (CS), Richelle Winkler (SS), Joshua Pearce (MSE, ECE), and Lucia Gauchia (MEEM, ECE) about the economic feasibility of going off grid in the Upper Peninsula continues to get media coverage. The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) News put the study’s Michigan case study into a national power grid context. See the article here.
Smart Grid News also covered the story.
Michigan Tech alumni Edward Louie and Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) co-authored “Retraining Investment for U.S. Transition from Coal to Solar Photovoltaic Employment,” published in Energy Economics.
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Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) was quoted in several articles in the latest Consumer Reports about purchasing solar photovoltaic systems including “Shedding Light on Solar Power” and “The Real Cost of Leasing vs. Buying Solar Panels.” He was also quoted in other news agencies on solar power issues including Yahoo News.
Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) is quoted in an article “Can Open-Sourcing Transform Electronics Hardware?” in IEEE’s Electronics 360.
3DPrint.com published an article covering the work of seven Michigan Tech students including Cedric Kennedy, Aubrey Woern, Josh Krugh, Amber Varacalli, Ryan Oshe, John Klotz and Natalie Pohlman supported by Andre Laplume (SBE) and Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE). “There are an ever-increasing number of universities and other higher educational institutions that currently have the goal to enhance and educate students on the state of 3D printing, but only a select few have disrupted the industry as much as the Michigan Technological University.”
Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) is quoted in an article in Network World where Michigan Tech is highlighted as one of six colleges turning out open source talent.
Pearce’s article on how to calculate the ROI for open hardware made the Editor’s picks for must-read articles at OpenSource.
Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) and MSE PhD candidate Bas Wijnen are quoted in the story “Michigan Tech and America Makes Release Free Open Source 3D Printing Software” on 3D Print.
Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) has been named editor-in-chief of HardwareX a new Elsevier journal dedicated to open source scientific hardware development.
Andre Laplume (SBE), Jerry Anzalone (MSE) and Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) co-authored “Open-source, self-replicating 3-D printer factory for small-business manufacturing” in The International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology.
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Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) and Michigan Tech were highlighted for research innovations in Wohlers Report 2016: 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing State of the Industry Annual Worldwide Progress Report.
PhD student Bas Wijnen (MSE) and Pearce (MSE/ECE) were covered in anarticle in Design News.
Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE), Caryn Heldt (ChE) and undergraduate Nick Anzalone co-authored: “Open-source Wax RepRap 3-D Printer for Rapid Prototyping Paper-Based Microfluidics” for the Journal of Laboratory Automation
Pearce co-authored a paper with PhD students Chenlong Zhang (MSE) and Bas Wijnen (MSE) titled “Open-source 3-D Platform for Low-cost Scientific Instrument Ecosystem” for the Journal of Laboratory Automation.
How do discoveries in university labs turn into commercially available—and potentially lifesaving—products?
This Wednesday, May 25, 2016, teams of Michigan Tech scientists and engineers will present their innovative technologies to a state funding review committee. The reviewers, officially designated an Oversight Committee, will be making decisions on grants from the Michigan Translational Research and Commercialization (MTRAC) program, a $6 million state-funded program developed and managed by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) to help commercialize university translational research.
An example of a team that will present on Wednesday afternoon is Professor Jarek Drelich (MSE) and Associate Professor Jeremy Goldman (BME). They are working on developing a metal alloy that would perform well as a biodegradable stent for heart surgery and other uses where a biodegradable material is desirable. They have been working for some time to find a material with all the necessary properties that will biodegrade harmlessly in the body over a set period of time.