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 is Emeritus Professor Herbert H. Saravanamutto who is still actively teaching in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Prof. Saravannamuttoo worked as young engineer on the Rolls-Royce Olympus engines of the Concorde supersonic transport aircraft, and he is the author of best-selling textbook entitled Gas Turbine Theory from Pearson Educational Canada, which has already seen 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.