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  • November 04, 2021 11:25 | April Duffy (Administrator)


    CASI members were greatly saddened to learn of the recent passing of Herb Saravanamuttoo, Carleton University Professor Emeritus and long-time member of CASI.

    Herb joined CASI in 1956, just two years after the Institute was founded.  He was admitted to the rank of Fellow in 1976 and served as President for the 1979-80 term.  Throughout his 65 years of membership in CASI, Herb participated actively in every facet of the life of the Institute.  He was an active participant in the Propulsion Section, presented papers at many AERO conferences and served on a variety of committees.  Herb’s vast experience in propulsion was appropriately recognized in 2005 when he was selected as the recipient of the prestigious CASI McCurdy Award that recognizes “outstanding achievement in the science and creative aspects of engineering relating to aeronautics and space research. engineering excellence.” 

    Perhaps the most abiding memory many of us have of Herb is his being a speaker at CASI Branch meetings – most recently in March of this year when he gave a talk to the Ottawa Branch entitled “Civil Propulsion - The Last 70 Years”.  Shortly after this he was nominated for induction as a member of the Order of Canada. 

    Personal recollections are invited to be left in the comments section below.

    Professor H.I.H. Saravanamuttoo Scholarship in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering - Future Funder

    Herbert Ian Howard Saravanamuttoo Obituary - The Globe and Mail

  • July 05, 2021 11:06 | Todd Legault (Administrator)

    HARDY, Robert George June 5, 1950 - June 28, 2021 It is with deep sadness we announce the passing on Monday June 28, 2021 of Robert George Hardy "Bob" at the age 71. After a valiant battle with cancer, Bob died in hospital with his wife Darlyn at his side. Bob is survived by his son, Kyle; daughter-in-law, Belinda; granddaughter, Sabriel; brother, Russ; sisters, Gwen and Karen; nephews, Stephen, David and niece, Tara.

    Read full obituary...

    Bob served as CASI Ottawa Branch President in the early 1980s and he will be missed by many.

  • March 09, 2021 16:23 | April Duffy (Administrator)

    The origin of the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute dates back to July 8, 1954 when Letters Patent of the Canadian Aeronautical Institute (CAI) were signed. In 1962 the CAI merged with the Canadian Astronautical Society in Toronto and the Montreal-based Astronautical Society of Canada to become the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute (CASI).

    Dick Richmond was one of the founders of CAI serving as President from 1956-57. He has been an active member of CASI since then, elevated to the status of Fellow many years ago.

    Dick's most recent recognition - at the age of 102! - is to be appointed to the Order of Canada. His citation reads: "For his innovative designs as an aeronautical engineer and for his contributions to the aviation industry."

    Dick will be presented with his Order of Canada insignia in a virtual ceremony currently scheduled to take place this Friday, March 12 at 14:45. CASI encourages everyone to celebrate Dick's lifelong career and many accomplishments in the Canadian aerospace sector by joining together at that time.

    Please watch the online ceremony here.

    From the desk of the Executive Director of CASI, Geoffrey Languedoc.

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