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.

I fought the law

I’ll bet you can finish this song lyric: “I fought the law and…” Did you complete it with “the law won”? You probably even sang the tune in your head. The song was written by Sonny Curtis and first recorded … Continue reading

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Do you read the instructions?

When you download new software or purchase new technology, are you more likely to study the instructions or try to figure it out yourself? What about the much bigger assembly project of life? Are you one to seek counsel or … Continue reading

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The opposite of free

Quick: What is the opposite of free? What was your answer? Expensive? Costly? Bound? Enslaved? How about selfish? Paul suggested that selfish is the dark alternative to freedom in his letter to the churches in Galatia. I agree. My personal … Continue reading

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Test day

What’s your visceral response to a test? Does it fill you with anxiety or anticipation? Do you see a test as an opportunity or a burden? I’ve been a university professor for 16 years so exams are an integral part … Continue reading

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Which dandelion are you?

I was walking my dog this morning when I crossed from the carefully manicured neighborhood lawns (why do we do that?) to an adjacent field. The difference was dramatic. The flora shifted from dark green, uniform Fescue to an unruly … Continue reading

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The trick is the turn

Let’s set the stage. Jesus and His disciples are in Jerusalem sharing the Passover meal. This meal celebrates the Israelite’s delivery from bondage in Egypt. In the final plague God visited on Pharaoh, the first born of each family without … Continue reading

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Iwantitall

God’s Word is alive. It doesn’t matter how much time you spend studying the Bible, you will continue to learn if you simply persist. I had a what-did-that-say? moment last night before bed. I just started reading through 1 Corinthians … Continue reading

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