Industrial engineering's Freivalds to appear on National Geographic show

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Andris Freivalds, professor of industrial engineering, will appear on the National Geographic television series “Going Deep with David Rees” at 10 p.m. Monday, July 21, and again at 10 p.m. on Friday, July 25.

According to the National Geographic channel’s website, the show teaches viewers how to do the things they think they already know how to do. Show host and humorist Rees and his guests explain the science and the history behind the seemingly mundane and uncover an unexpected appreciation for simple tasks.

In the episode “How to Dig a Hole,” Freivalds and Rees will conduct an experiment, which compares the pounds of dirt moved to physical exertion. Freivalds is given the moniker “Dr. Shovel.”

A fellow of the Ergonomics Society, Frievalds initiated the human factors/ergonomics engineering program at Penn State. He has developed courses in biomechanics, work psychology and human factors, and he established the Center for Cumulative Trauma Disorders Research.

More about “Going Deep with David Rees” can be found at

Last Updated January 09, 2015