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Keith Searight
Lead Software Engineer
325 Broadway
Boulder, CO 80305-3328


Keith Searight

Keith is the technical lead for NOAA Science On a Sphere® (SOS) and project manager with the Developmental Testbed Center (DTC).  For SOS, he leads the development team and develops data management and visualization software.  For the DTC, he is GSL’s co-lead for the Model Evaluation Tools (METplus) verification system, which is becoming the unified verification, validation, and diagnostics software for the Unified Forecast System (UFS). 

Keith is a Senior Research Associate and has been with CSU’s Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA) at NOAA in Boulder since 2013. He has a deep and diverse background in software development, applied geosciences, technical leadership, and organizational management across research laboratories, universities, large corporations, and small startups.

For more details, see Keith’s LinkedIn Profile page.

Research Interests

  • Large data set management, analysis, and visualization techniques and tools
  • Project management, software engineering, and Agile practices
  • Geoscience-related subject matter, including atmospheric sciences, geology and geophysics, renewable energy, and geospatial science
  • Cloud computing and artificial intelligence/machine learning 


  • Graduate Certificate in GIS, University of Colorado at Denver
  • MS in Computer Science, University of Colorado at Boulder
  • MS in Geophysics, Stanford University
  • BS in Computer Science, University of Tulsa
  • BS in Geosciences, University of Tulsa


  • Project Management Professional (PMP)
  • Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)
  • Certified Scrum Master (CSM)
  • Certified Programmer for Java


  • Senior Research Associate for CIRA at NOAA GSL, 2013-present.
  • Senior Manager for Data Analysis and Visualization Group at National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), 2012-13.  Department head for about 35 technical professionals in the GIS and Digital Assets Sections at NREL's Strategic Energy Analysis Center (SEAC).
  • Principal Software Engineer/Technical Program Manager for Research Applications Laboratory (RAL) at National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), 2008-12.  Manager of military-sponsored projects and associated development of weather-related software & hardware systems for the National Security Applications Program (NSAP).
  • Software Development Manager/Senior Software Engineer at Pitney Bowes Software, 2004-08.  Manager and developer of Centrus GIS geocoding software, including GeoStan and GeoTAX.
  • Software Development Manager/Senior Software Engineer at Chroma Energy, 1999-2004. Technical manager, software developer, and 4th employee of a venture capital funded, start-up energy, technology, and services company.

Honors and Awards

Publications and Patents