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Stacey David GEARZ TV Show Films at Michigan Tech

Last Modified 10:45 AM on Thu Feb 25, 2010

By Jennifer Donovan

February 25, 2010—

Stacey David, host of a popular cable TV program called "Stacey David GEARZ," spent part of this week at Michigan Tech, shooting a segment for his program about Michigan Tech's engineering research and education. The program, which will air on the Speed Channel on a date not yet scheduled, will focus on research being conducted at Michigan Tech on E3 sparkplugs in automotive and snowmobile engines. The company also is a sponsor of the Stacey David GEARZ show.

E3 supports some of the research of Jeff Naber, Jeremy Worm, Seong-Young Lee and Scott Miers, among others.

David and his crew visited Tech's Alternative Energy Research Building in Hancock and the Keweenaw Research Center, as well as the ion propulsion lab and the driving simulator on campus. The TV star also visited with the student group, Four-wheelers at Michigan Tech, autographing several of their dashboards.

Dave Reed, vice president for research, did an on-camera interview about Michigan Tech's research collaborations with industry and hands-on education.

Michigan Tech alumnus Dave Kalen was instrumental in arranging the video shoot.

Throughout the shoot, David kept saying, "This place is not your average engineering school; it's amazing; it's so cool!" Jim McFarland, a living legend in the automotive hot-rodding world and a consultant to E3, remarked that although he saw some very impressive lab facilities here, he has seen a lot of universities with impressive labs and instrumentation in his 43-year career, but what he found the most striking was the people. He said every single person he met was knowledgeable, friendly, motivated and enthusiastic.

Michigan Technological University (www.mtu.edu) is a leading public research university developing new technologies and preparing students to create the future for a prosperous and sustainable world. Michigan Tech offers more than 120 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering; forest resources; computing; technology; business; economics; natural, physical and environmental sciences; arts; humanities; and social sciences.