Kevin Shortt has worked in the space industry since 1996 and has contributed to some of Canada’s largest space missions. He obtained his B.Sc. in Physics from York University in Toronto in 2002 and his M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the Royal Military College of Canada. In 2012, he joined the Optical Communications Group at the German Aerospace Center just outside of Munich.

In April 2015, he moved to industry to continue his work in optical communications in Business Development and Systems Engineering at Mynaric Lasercom GmbH (formerly ViaLight Communications GmbH). Kevin is currently a Research Project Leader in Airbus’s Central Research and Technology Division and leads advancements in free-space optical communications research.