Joshua M. Pearce received his Ph.D. in Materials Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University. He currently is the Richard Witte Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and a Professor cross-appointed in the Department of Materials Science & Engineering and in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at the Michigan Technological University where he runs the Open Sustainability Technology Research Group. His group is known for creating open source high-quality research tools for a tiny fraction of the cost of commercial systems. He is the faculty advisor for the Michigan Tech Open Source Hardware Enterprise. He is the co-editor-in-chief of HardwareX, a journal dedicated to open source scientific hardware and the author of the Open-Source Lab:How to Build Your Own Hardware and Reduce Research Costs.