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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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  • February 09, 2022 15:00 | Manfred Klein
    I met Herb as a student 43 years ago when I was taking his Gas Turbine power plant course at Carleton University. His excellent teaching style with strong basics, interesting stories and visual examples inspired me and many other young people to getting involved with various industry sectors. Herb was also the founding Chairman of the NRCC Committee on 'Industrial Applications of Gas Turbines' in 1974 (now 'Gas Turbines for Energy Network' GTEN).

    His lifetime, from the 1930s until now, exactly paralleled the growth and developments of the gas turbine industry. He was very well known and respected internationally, and we often shared experiences in some industrial courses on clean energy that we taught together with some other IAGT and GTEN colleagues. A great teacher and mentor, he will be missed but fondly remembered by all who crossed his path.
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  • February 09, 2022 15:02 | John Richard Yates
    It is with great sadness that I have just learnt of the passing of Herb Saravanamuttoo. I knew Herb well during the 80's and 90's through our association in C.A.S.I., and it was with him that we established the Industrial Experience Program for students at Carleton University to spend a year in an Industrial setting of which Rolls-Royce Canada was a pioneer. I also work very closely with Herb in the pioneering days of the C.A.S.I. Propulsion Section with Claire Eatock.
    My late condolences to his family; It was a privilege to have known Herb and to have worked with during the 17 years that we were associated with each other.
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  • February 14, 2022 12:03 | April Duffy (Administrator)
    I personally did not know Herbert, however I did know him by reputation. Over the years I have run into his past legacy several times and his obvious gift of valuable time and expertise. He freely gave his commitment and dedication to CASI, which is nothing less than quietly heroic in many ways.

    Herbert obviously saw and found the intense importance of the CASI integrity, committed foundation, and intense support of all aerospace professions included within CASI. I say this regarding his exceptional knowledge of all aspects of Aviation, Flight Dynamics, the wonders of Aviation Sciences, Space Enterprises and the futuristic human endeavor now moving forward and in the eventual frontiers of human Space Habitation.

    Herbert is a definite loss to the industry, his province, his country and notwithstanding his personal international impact. His legacy and personal commitment will not go unnoticed and will now be enshrined in the Halls of CASI and The Order of Canada forever.

    From my perception, Herbert personified the very essence of the CASI organization. His personal commitment and love for the industry speaks volumes for itself. He and his committed time and contributions will be missed.

    Sandford (Sandy) McLeod
    Member – CASI Counsellor
    President Tower Aerospace Inc.
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