Archives—September 2012

Pearce Interview on Open-Source Hardware


Associate Professor Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) authored an article, “Building Research Equipment with Free, Open-Source Hardware,” in Science 337 (6100): 1303–1304 (2012).

From the Science Podcast: Science’s Sarah Crespi speaks with Joshua Pearce on do-it-yourself lab equipment using 3D printers.

Podcast Interview

Associate Professor Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE), had his research reported in and was quoted in Popular Mechanics and the Txchnologist discussing the opportunities made possible by open source hardware and 3D printing.

Pearce Comments on Spanish Solar

Spanish Photovoltaics
Spanish Photovoltaics

Associate Professor Joshua M. Pearce (MSE/ECE) was quoted in IEEE Spectrum magazine as part of its coverage of the energy return for solar photovoltaic technology.

Argument Over the Value of Solar Focuses on Spain

Joshua Pearce, an associate professor of materials science and engineering at Michigan Technological University, notes that energy policies could improve real returns from solar energy by offering incentives for the use of the highest-EROI systems. Centralized solar farms full of cheap crystalline silicon modules—which EROI studies show to be the most energy intensive of PV installations—dominate the market because they are the most profitable to build. A deployment scheme designed to reward EROI instead would shift the calculus, says Pearce: “Before a single centralized PV facility was erected, we would have thin-film PV panels integrated into every appropriate rooftop.”

Read more at IEEE Spectrum, by Peter Fairley

Quality Manager

Tandem/Neal Associates is currently recruiting for the following…

Position: Quality Manager

Location: Fort Wayne, IN

Description: The Quality Manager will be responsible for implementing and maintaining a quality program that meets customer requirements and corporate standards in a small job shop / heat treating environment. The Quality Manager will be required to work directly with customers in problem solving efforts.

Requirements / Preferences:
– MUST have materials science/engineering, metallurgy or heat treat background
– Familiarity with the following quality systems: TS16949, CQI-9 and ISO14000
– Prior supervisory experience (2 years preferred) – small plant experience okay
– Must be well-versed in working, and communicating, with customers
– Must be authorized for working in the United States WITHOUT visa sponsorship (Visas will not be sponsored for this position)

Relocation assistance will be provided.

Qualified candidates should email a current resume and salary requirements to for confidential consideration.

NOTE: Candidates with a Quality Engineer (QE) background that would have an interest in moving into a Quality Manager’s role are encouraged to apply for this position!