I spent a lot of time this week learning about the equipment I will be using for the summer. Ironically, it seems that the experiment I will be conducting actually don't really have much to do with fluid power. My adviser and I will be testing different Newtonian and non-Newtonian fluids to try and optimize surface textures to reduce friction between sliding surfaces. So yes, my research has applications in fluid power, but alas, it seems my experience with actual pumps will have only been at the bootcamp. I have included a picture of the machine and set-up that dominate my summer research. I look forward to learning a lot about this topic and working with simulations as well as seeing more lightning and rain - a rare event in California but apparently a common one in Champaign.