John Irwin earned a doctorate in curriculum and instruction from Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, and in 2006 joined the School of Technology at Michigan Technological University and is presently a tenured Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering Technology (with a strong manufacturing focus). Irwin was a Program Manager for a NSF grant from 2002-2006 to develop a Manufacturing Simulation Technology associate degree program, and from 2009-2010, Irwin served as PI for a Michigan Department of Education Title II Improving Teacher Quality grant targeting grade 5-12 physics and chemistry teachers’ use of inquiry learning and simulation technology. He is experienced in industry as well as the teaching profession with a career spanning five years in engineering design, several years part time consulting in industry, and 26 total years of teaching. Irwin has a research focus on evaluation of teaching and learning in the area of computer aided design, analysis, and manufacturing. Other professional affiliations include, ASEE Engineering Graphics Division Member, Vice Chair ASME MET Leadership Committee/ASME Board on Education Member, SME Accreditation Committee Member and ATMAE President Manufacturing Division.
Dr. Joshua M. Pearce received his Ph.D. in Materials Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University and holds Chemistry and Physics degrees from the same institution. 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 where he runs the Open Sustainability Technology Research Group. His 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 open-source 3-D printing, applied sustainability, energy policy, and engineering service learning.
Jerry is a research scientist at Michigan Technological University. His present interest is in open-source hardware and particularly with respect to advancing STEM curriculum in public education.
Mr. Oppliger is a senior lecturer in the Department of Engineering Fundamentals at Michigan Technological University.
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