|Alma mater||Royal Military College of Canada (BSc, MSc)|
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (MS)
Air University (MS)
|Selection||2017 CSA Group|
Joshua Kutryk (born March 21, 1982) is a Canadian astronaut, engineer, and pilot. He was selected by the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) as one of the two members (the other one being Jenni Sidey) of the 2017 CSA group. His family emigrated from Ukraine.
He received a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the Royal Military College of Canada in 2004. He later earned a master's degree in space studies from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 2009, a master's degree in flight test engineering from the Air University (United States Air Force) in 2012, and a master's degree in defence studies from the Royal Military College of Canada in 2014.
Prior to joining the Canadian Space Agency, Kutryk worked as an experimental test pilot and a fighter pilot in the Canadian forces in Cold Lake, Alberta, where he was head of the unit in charge of flight-testing fighter aircraft. He earned the rank of Lieutenant-colonel. Kutryk was most notably responsible for the testing of new aircraft technologies on the CF-18 plane.
Kutryk was selected by the Canadian Space Agency to undergo training as an astronaut as part of the 2017 CSA Group, the fourth Canadian astronaut recruitment campaign. Kutryk and Dr. Jenni Sidey were selected among a large field of qualified candidates.
Kutryk had previously applied to become an astronaut in the 2009 CSA selection, where astronauts David Saint-Jacques and Jeremy Hansen were selected. Kutryk was shortlisted to undergo a yearlong testing program and ultimately found himself in the top 16 finalists of some 5,350 candidates. His perseverance in successfully applying again in 2017 is highlighted on the CSA website.