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.

Taste and see

Babies explore the world with their mouth. Given a new object in his or her little fist, it goes directly in the mouth. For a first child, this means constant cleaning of all toys within reach. For a second, occasional … Continue reading

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I’m a drawing

Henri Cartier-Bresson was a French photographer who famously viewed photography as capturing a decisive moment. He was quoted as saying: Photography is an immediate reaction, drawing is a meditation. This observation served his lifelong pursuit of preserving important moments, 35 … Continue reading

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Is hope good or bad?

What do you think about hope? Good or bad? Because I am an optimist, hope is natural for me. However, it’s actually a controversial topic. In fact, there are those who believe it is dangerous and destructive. Here are a … Continue reading

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Tunnel vision

In high school track my favorite race was the 400m. I loved the challenge. How long can you run as fast as you can? There was no time to coast. In my experience, this race is won in the first … Continue reading

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Collision course

Let’s imagine that we have an air cannon that is able to shoot projectiles, like the t-shirt cannons seen at sporting events. What do you think would happen if two of these air cannons were aimed exactly at one another … Continue reading

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Load sixteen tons and what do you get?

I grew up in Kansas in the 1970s so country music is part of my heritage. Although it’s not my preferred genre today, I have favorites from my youth. One of those is “Sixteen Tons”. It was written by Merle … Continue reading

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My purge

The word “purge” always captures my attention. It is an action word. It suggests suddenness, almost violently. A purge is an event; it is noticed and has significant ramifications. In government, political leaders will purge their party, and sometimes entire … Continue reading

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