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Herbert Saravanamuttoo | June 20, 1933 - October 3, 2021

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


  • December 09, 2021 09:26 | Malcolm Imray
    I met Professor Saravanamuttoo when I came to Carleton University in 1984 as a graduate student. As department head, Herb made a point of meeting all the new grad students and he immediately made me feel welcome. I enrolled in his course on Gas Turbine Theory and thoroughly enjoyed it; I still have his book of the same title on my shelf. I can't overstate the influence Herb had on my career. He encouraged me to join CASI and to participate in CASI Ottawa branch events; I subsequently became active in the Ottawa Branch Executive then served as Branch chair and now am on CASI Council. He also provided advice, guidance and I'm pretty sure gave a good recommendation to help me get my first engineering job with GasTOPS, founded by Dr. Bernie MacIsaac another of Herb's former students who was also later a CASI President. While Prof Saravanamuttoo was on sabbatical and working at GasTOPS, we did a project together that involved visiting what was then Boeing DeHavilland in Toronto about powered lift concepts - great fun! Over the years, I encountered Herb often at CASI events including his recent presentations to the Ottawa Branch and always enjoyed his insights and enthusiasm. He will be missed by many CASI members.
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  • December 11, 2021 12:26 | Omer Majeed
    A most fitting tribute to Prof. Saravanamuttoo. He was a gifted teacher, a thought-provoking and entertaining speaker, a remarkable engineer and a good friend.
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