Eli Dennis is a PhD student working at University of Maryland for Research Professor and CICS Deputy Director Hugo Berbery. His research experience primarily deals with mesoscale numerical weather prediction (NWP). He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees at The Pennsylvania State University with a Master’s Thesis titled: “Exploring the sensitivity of convection initiation to grid spacing using convection-allowing NAM simulations.” He spent the summer of 2016 as a Visiting Scientist at National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) Environmental Modeling Center (EMC) working with the operational NAM development team. More recently, he has been at NASA, Goddard Space Flight Center researching short-term weather forecast initialization using Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) satellite data as a mechanism to improve soil moisture initial conditions. His research interests include NWP, mesoscale meteorology, land surface processes, and planetary boundary layer dynamics.