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Matt Mahalik
325 Broadway
Boulder, CO 80305-3328


Matt Mahalik, GSL Program Management Lead

Matt Mahalik is the lead of GSL's Program Management Office (PMO), where he leads the organization, coordination, and overall management of GSL's research portfolio in support of the Office of the Director. His background is in meteorology, focusing on severe convective storms, with degrees from Penn State University (where he was a campus tour guide, student assistant in the Athletics Department, and NOAA Ernest F. Hollings Scholar) and Texas Tech University (where he was a technical assistant for the West Texas Mesonet and mobile radar operator for the Department of Atmospheric Sciences). Prior to joining GSL in 2023, Matt's work has focused on developing radar-based severe-weather detection algorithms and advancing the understanding of supercell dynamics (at the Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies and NOAA National Severe Storms Laboratory in Norman, OK), and improving the policy, planning, and facilitation of research transitions to operations and other applications (with the Weather Program Office at NOAA Oceanic & Atmospheric Research Headquarters in Silver Spring, MD). Away from the office, he spends his time hiking off the beaten path, attending college football games at stadiums around the country, and supporting the conservation of public lands and the American bison.

  • B.S., Meteorology, Penn State University, University Park, PA (2012)
  • M.S., Meteorology, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX (2015)

  • 2023-present: Program Management Office Lead, NOAA Global Systems Laboratory (GSL), Boulder, CO
  • 2022-23: Research Transition and Evaluation Lead, NOAA Weather Program Office (WPO), Silver Spring, MD
  • 2018-22: Research Transition Coordinator (Contractor), NOAA Weather Program Office (WPO; previously Office of Weather and Air Quality), Silver Spring, MD
  • 2015-18: Research Associate, Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS) and NOAA National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL), Norman, OK
  • 2013-15: Graduate Teaching Assistant and West Texas Mesonet Technical Assistant, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX
  • 2012-13: Research Assistant at Penn State University Department of Meteorology, University Park, PA
  • 2012: Student Volunteer, NOAA NWS Weather Forecast Office in State College, PA
  • 2011: NOAA Ernest F. Hollings Scholar, NOAA NWS Weather Forecast Office in Melbourne, FL

Linked-In profile:

Mahalik, M.C., B.R. Smith, K.L. Elmore, D.M. Kingfield, K.L. Ortega, and T.M. Smith, 2019: Estimates of gradients in radar moments using a linear least squares derivative technique. Wea. Forecasting, 34, 415–434,

Honors and Awards
  • 2019 NOAA OAR EEO Diversity Program Award: Presented to NOAA Office of Weather and Air Quality for active engagement and leadership in EEO Diversity and Inclusion efforts
  • 2019 NWA Larry R. Johnson Award: Presented to CIMMS Severe Weather MRMS Group for “research, development, and delivery of severe weather applications within the MRMS system, which has been successfully transitioned into NWS operations, providing critical tools for NWS forecasts and warnings”
  • 2014 First Place: Best Graduate Student Poster Presentation, 39th Annual National Weather Association Annual Meeting
  • 2012 Laureate: Penn State College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (EMS) Academy for Global Experience (EMSAGE)
  • 2010-12 NOAA Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship