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Mark Schumack

Why you’re going to love my class
I’ll show you how to analyze mechanical systems. You’re going to find the material challenging and stimulating, but you’ll go away from my class with a confidence that you understand it.
“We want great things for you” means
I’m going to teach you better than I was taught. Thermodynamics is the hardest part of mechanical engineering. I didn’t understand it myself when I took it in college. Then, when I was in grad school, I was asked to teach it, and that’s when I saw the elegance of it. My goal is to teach you better than it was taught to me.
My favorite part about teaching you is
Watching you get turned on by the rigor and logic of thermal science.
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I am developing a computer simulation for a hydraulic hybrid vehicle. It’s like an electric hybrid, except instead of storing energy in a battery and driving an electric motor, it stores energy (otherwise wasted as heat from when the vehicle brakes) in compressed hydraulic fluid and drives a pump motor.
No other professor will say to you
Your house is an example of the second law of thermodynamics!