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.

Captain, ship of fools

I had a trio of events occur that chastised me, lest I should ever be tempted to become proud of myself. I am at not at my best when I’m concentrating on a task and am interrupted. The worst case … Continue reading

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Citizen, but not by birth

I was born in Texas, so I’m about as American as you can get. I grew up in Kansas, so I know all about amber waves of grain. I’m a flag-waving, apple-pie-eating, armed-forces-respecting patriot. But I’m really an alien with … Continue reading

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Ink on a page

Consider this riddle. When is ink on bound pages more than a book? Answer: When the printed words are more than words, when those words are life. The collection of pages is more than a book when the words are … Continue reading

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Rasslin

My high school did not have wrestling, so I never experienced it myself. I admire the sport’s required speed, strength, and discipline, however. One of my college football coaches who did wrestle taught me that, in Kansas at least, it’s … Continue reading

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Liar liar

Has anyone ever lied to you? Have you ever lied? While you ponder these questions, let me provide the answers. Yes. Yes. Liar. Liar. Why do we lie? There’s a litany of justifying excuses, but in my experience there are … Continue reading

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Enemies at the gate

King David’s life was characterized by mountain tops and deep valleys. He wrote many of the Psalms during these bright and dark periods. Several express his state of mind while being pursued by enemies. Consider Psalm 3, for example. In … Continue reading

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Sort your face

Face it Americans, our British brothers and sisters across the Atlantic sometimes say it better, or at least with more style. Neflix has unlocked the BBC for me and I enjoy collecting English phrases that are, to borrow a term, … Continue reading

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