Ted Whittock is a junior in the undergraduate Atmospheric and Oceanic Science program at the University of Maryland, College Park. He received his Associate Degree in Physics from Harford Community College in Bel Air, MD. He transferred to UMD in the fall of 2019. He currently researches with Dr. Jifu Yin on validating land surface model soil moisture simulations in order to improve forecasting capabilities. Ted will be completing his B.S. degree in the spring of 2021.