Author Archives: Tony Schmitz

About Tony Schmitz

Tony Schmitz received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Temple University in 1993, his MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida in 1996, and his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida in 1999. He is a mechanical engineering professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Connected

Jesus is talking. Listen. I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.  (John 15:5) Chances are you don’t spent a … Continue reading

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You implied

1982, small town Kansas, seventh grade English class at Oxford Middle School on a warm spring afternoon. Mrs. Metz is teaching sentence diagramming. 12-year-old Tony sits at his desk in his hand-me-down Levis, Steelers t-shirt, and tennis shoes. He is … Continue reading

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Tackled

Six seconds remain with your team ahead by five. The season is on the line as the championship game winds down. Your arch rival has the ball on their own 40 yard line with one play remaining. The quarterback takes … Continue reading

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Wake up

Picture the scene. It’s a small cave, pitch black. There is a battered dead body lying in the cool darkness. It’s Sunday, very early. The body was placed here on Friday evening. A figure enters the cave, although that’s impossible … Continue reading

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Frog-life

I was a frog. I say that based on the following illustration provided by Bruce Larson in Ask Me to Dance. “You ever feel like a frog? Frogs feel slow, low, ugly, puffy, drooped, pooped. I know. One told me. … Continue reading

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Lightning, then thunder

The speed of sound is 767 mph or about 0.2 miles per second. This enables us to estimate our distance from a lightning strike by counting the seconds until we hear the thunder. For every five seconds we count, we’re … Continue reading

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#Goals

What do you want? Is there something that drives you each day? What is your motivation, your ambition, your dream? I get it. I’m a goal setter and relentless pursuer of those goals. Re-lent-less. I’ve learned something, though. As usual, … Continue reading

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