Thomas Kirk is a senior solutions engineer with OPAL-RT Technologies based out of Vancouver, BC, Canada. Since 2015, he has worked closely with world leaders within the energy, aerospace, defense and academic sectors in selecting real-time testing solutions for R&D, production and certification purposes. Also, he is OPAL-RT’s specialist in creating test setups for cybersecurity and vulnerability of grid operational technology, as well as Power Hardware-in-the-Loop. Prior to OPAL-RT, he worked at Bechtel Corporation at the Aluminum Center of Excellence (ACE) in Montreal, on simulating the performance and safety of mining facilities during the design phase. He has his Master’s in Applied Science from the University of Waterloo (2014) and his Bachelors in Engineering from McGill University (2010).