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Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute

Institut aéronautique et spatial du Canada

Ottawa Branch

The mission of the Ottawa Branch is to support local CASI members in their professional career development through monthly events, resources and educational tools. The Branch contributes to national activities like inter-branch initiatives, section development, mentoring and professional development. Close associations are maintained with academic institutions in Ottawa and the Branch likes to organize site visits at various facilities in the NCR. We give priority access to CASI members for these tours where we get to meet interesting people but still provide a good talk to the general public who are welcome to join us – but encouraged to join CASI!

Any members of the Canadian aerospace community willing to participate can contact the branch co-chairs listed below.

The Ottawa Branch Workspace is open to any Member of CASI.

Branch Executive

Position Incumbent Organisation
Branch Chairs

Jeff Bird

Omer Majeed


MDS Aero Support

Secretary/Treasurer Jim Thompson Davis Engineering
Chair Emeritus Paul Penna Retired – NRC Aerodynamics Lab
Branch Councillor Jeff Bird TECnos
Branch Executive Members Prof. Catherine Mavriplis Ottawa University
  Prof. Jeremy Laliberté

Carleton University



  Steve Hall Celeris
  Pervez Canteenwalla

NRC Gas Turbine

  Prof. Catherine Mavriplis

Ottawa University

 TBA Carleton University CMAS

Each year an executive member of the Carleton Mechanical and Aeronautical Society (CMAS) is invited to serve on the executive.

Thanks to recent members who have served with distinction and moved on: Shaun Horning, Nezih Mrad and David Zimcik.

CASI Ottawa 2019 Annual Report

Upcoming events

    • March 04, 2021
    • 18:30 - 20:00 (EST)
    • A CASI Zoom Event
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    CASI Ottawa Branch

    Civil Propulsion - The Last 70 Years
    with Prof. Emeritus Herb Saravanamuttoo

    March 4, 2021 | 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

    A CASI Zoom Event


    Prof. Emeritus Herb Saravanamuttoo

    Carleton University and Gastops Ltd.
    Fellow CASI, ASME, IMechE and Canadian Academy of Engineering

    This is a recently revised presentation of the Daniel and Florence Guggenheim Memorial Lecture on Civil Propulsion; The Last 50 Years given in 2002.

    This presentation covers propulsion development in the civil field over the last seven decades. It is notable that aircraft have displaced ships and railways for long distance passenger travel, and this could not have been achieved without the continuous development of the aircraft gas turbine.

    The talk traces propulsion developments from the end of the piston era through the early turboprops and turbojets to the high bypass ratio turbofans to the latest advances in geared turbofan technology.

    While the aircraft gas turbine has attained extremely high levels of safety, reliability and efficiency, the aviation sector is facing existential challenges today that will require resilience and innovation to solve.

    6:30 – 7:30 pm: Presentation
    7:30 – 8:00 pm: Discussion, Question and Answer Session

    *** This event is being organized in collaboration with the Carleton Mechanical and Aerospace Society (CMAS).


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