Carleton University has a long history of gas turbine engine research and development for advanced propulsion systems. One of the most prominent personalities in this sector was Emeritus Professor Herbert H. Saravanamutto who taught in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.
Prof. Saravanamuttoo worked as young engineer on the Rolls-Royce Olympus engines of the Concorde supersonic transport aircraft, and authored one of best-selling textbook entitled Gas Turbine Theory from Pearson Educational Canada, which saw six editions over the last 50 years. One of the co-authors of the latest edition is another Carleton University professor, Prof. Paul Straznicky.
Carleton University is houses one of the only working gas turbine engines found in Canadian Universities, along with several decommissioned engines. The PT6 gas turbine engine was purchased from Pratt & Whitney Canada.