Archives—November 2012

Participate in GRC 2013 at Michigan Tech


The upcoming Graduate Research Colloquium (GRC) is on Feb 21-22, 2013. GRC is organized by the Graduate Student Government (GSG). Graduate students from all departments at Michigan Tech present their research and ideas to other students and faculty in the form of oral or poster presentations. A group of judges that consists of faculty (and/or some invited members of industry) evaluates student’s presentations to award prizes to the best 1st, 2nd and 3rd presentations from each session (oral and poster). There are also three honorable mention awards given in both oral and poster presentation sessions.

The objective of the colloquium is to give graduate students an in-house opportunity to share and gain experience presenting their research with peers, professionals, and professors among campus.

Detailed feedback from judges will help students enhance their skills in presenting at conferences, as well as providing insights on research methods and techniques.

GSG is encouraging students to present their work in GRC on February 21 and 22. Students willing to participate should submit a 300 words abstract by December 20, 2012, 5pm.

For more information about GRC and to find instructions about the newly developed on-line submission form please visit

Joshua Pearce on PV Module Ratings

A Breakthrough PV Module Rating System?

Principal Solar
Principal Solar

Principal Solar spent a year assimilating manufacturer data and running numbers.

“The seven characteristics are a great start,” noted Michigan Technological University professor Joshua M. Pearce, co-author of a landmark solar LCOE study. “The industry must maintain consumer and investor confidence that modules will produce the lifecycle electricity promised. There are reports that some companies are selling lower quality modules to keep up with falling prices.”

Read more at Greentech Media, by Herman K. Trabish.

Joshua Pearce on Energy Hires at Tech Talks

Tech Talks Research and Scholarship: Energy

The next Tech Talks session will be at 4 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 5, East Reading Room of the J. R. Van Pelt and John and Ruanne Opie Library. Co-leaders William Worek, dean of College of Engineering, and Joshua Pearce (MSE) will present accomplishments of the Strategic Faculty Hiring Initiative on Energy, followed by faculty presentations and an opportunity to explore new collaborations and new directions for energy research at Michigan Tech.

Read more at Tech Today.

Patrick Bowen Receives American Heart Association Fellowship

Patrick Bowen
Patrick Bowen

The Research Committee of the American Heart Association (AHA) has approved activation of a Midwest Affiliate Summer 2012 Predoctoral Fellowship for MSE graduate student Patrick Bowen for two years. Bowen’s application was ranked in the top 5.5% of 100 applications (20 were funded) by the AHA.

The title of the project is “Development of Novel Zinc-Based Bioabsorbable Stents for the Treatment of Vascular Stenoses.” His advisor is Dr. Jaroslaw Drelich.

The research Award was made possible by the dedicated work of people of all ages and backgrounds who volunteer their time and talents to fight heart disease through advocacy efforts and fundraising activities.


Bowen will receive $52,000 over two years to support his research on the development of bioabsorbable, zinc-based stents.

Professor Jarek Drelich (MSE) is Bowen’s advisor, with Associate Professor Jeremy Goldman (Biomedical Engineering) proving additional direction to his research.

Read more at Tech Today.

Pearce Contributes to Green Energy Book

Green Energy TextAssociate Professor Joshua M. Pearce (MSE/ECE) coauthored a book chapter, “Technical Feasibility of Renewable Electricity Generation in Nunavut,” in Green Energy, River Publishers: Alborg, Denmark, pp. 41-74 (2012).

From Tech Today.

The River Publishers Series in Communications

Green Energy
M. D. Tiwari & Anurika Vaish, IIIT-Allahabad, India
ISBN: 9788792329417
Price : €85.00
Available From: September 2012

Research Coordinator

The University of Minnesota Duluth, Natural Resources Research Institute has an opening for

Research Coordinator

Essential qualifications include:

Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering, Mineral Processing, Metallurgical Engineering, or related field from a regionally accredited institution, with a minimum two years demonstrated experience in a mineral processing or metallurgical environment. The University requires that you apply online.

For a complete position description visit
and search for Job Requisition 181095.

The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity educator and

From The Marquette Mining Journal.

Joshua Pearce on Michigan Proposal 3

Pearch on Proposal 3A small audience of concerned citizens heard from a panel of three Michigan Tech faculty experts on renewable energy during the Oct. 25, 2012, public forum on Michigan Ballot Proposal 3.

Joshua Pearce, Michigan Tech professor in materials science and engineering and electrical and computer engineering, reported on solar energy, giving examples from his Canadian experience. He also noted the successful use of solar in Germany.

VIDEO: Joshua Pearce on Solar Energy

VIDEO: Joshua Pearce on Solar Energy Jobs

Read more at Keweenaw Now, by Michele Bourdieu.