Kevin Shortt is Business Development and Systems Engineer at ViaLight Communications GmbH. He has worked in the space industry since 1996 and has contributed to several large international space missions.
During his undergraduate studies at York University, he worked as a Research Assistant in the Instrument Services Lab at the Centre for Research in Earth and Space Technology (CRESTech), now known as Spectral Applied Research, where he contributed to, and maintained, lab standards in addition to a variety of other spacecraft instrumentation research tasks. In 1999, he took a position as a Mission Planner for the RADARSAT-1 program at the Canadian Space Agency where he was part of the team responsible for the day to day image acquisition operations and calibration activities for the spacecraft. Following his term at the CSA, he worked as a Research Assistant at the Meteorological Services of Canada where he performed a variety of design tasks for a dual-spectrometer instrument that is currently operating onboard the SCISAT-1 spacecraft to detect ozone concentrations in the Earth's atmosphere. From 2004 to 2006, he worked with the design team responsible for the lidar instrument on board NASA's Mars Phoenix Scout mission which operated on the Martian surface for 5 months in 2008.
After completing his masters in 2012 from the Royal Military College of Canada, Kevin worked as a Scientist at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany conducting research in free-space optical communications for use in deep space, inter-satellite and satellite-to-ground links. In April 2015, Kevin moved to ViaLight Communications GmbH where he continues his work in optical communications in Business Development and Systems Engineering.