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.

Safe passage

I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to travel to Europe a few times this year: France (Paris), Italy (Parma), and Austria (Vienna). A critical aspect of each trip was the jet that took me across the Atlantic. Without it, I would … Continue reading

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Allos parakletos (it’s Greek, not a misspelling)

Allos parakletos is a Greek phrase quoted in John 14:16 from the Bible. Jesus had just told his disciples, his 12 friends, that he had to leave them and he used this phrase to comfort them in their confusion and … Continue reading

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A surprise encounter in Knoxville

I was in downtown Knoxville enjoying an evening of art and entertainment with my lovely wife. It was First Friday on July 5th. There was a good crowd, maybe because it was the day after Independence Day. After exiting a … Continue reading

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Not an Irish blessing

The Irish have a long history with the spoken and written word. This includes many famous blessings. I love the Irish. My wife is Irish. I’m not writing about an Irish blessing, though. Blessing. Numbers. Samson. What do these three … Continue reading

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Nothing Compares 2U

Do you remember the song Nothing Compares 2U? It was written and composed by Prince for The Family, but was later made (really, really) famous by Irish recording artist Sinéad O’Connor in 1990. Here’s an excerpt from the lyrics. It’s been so lonely … Continue reading

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Stop, drop, and study

Ocassionally when reading the Bible, a phrase so captures my attention that I must stop, drop, and study it (if you’re of my generation, I bet you remember being taught to “stop, drop, and roll” if you ever catch on … Continue reading

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Inigo Montoya

I am the world’s expert on my own shortcomings (okay, my wife probably wears that dubious crown, but I’m in the top two). Because I’ve made a careful study of my thoughts and actions over a span of four decades, … Continue reading

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