I found a professor in the Mechanical Engineering department (which I’m majoring in), and I wrote to him and indicated that I’m a sailor and I’ve seen masts break. I think that’s actually what peaked his interest, and when we met up, he told me about his work on keel failure with Larry Ellison on some of the America’s Cup boats, so I think that’s actually why he gave me the position. I’m testing cyclic bending on metal, which is a lot of what you might see on a Laser top section, where you’re constantly pulling on the vang and constantly pulling on the mast. Essentially, we’re doing that with higher grade metal, and seeing how many times something like that can be torqued and fatigued before breaking. I hope to be able to take what I learned this summer and apply it in a sailing-related way.