Now retired from Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC), where he dedicated his career to combustion engineering and emissions control, Sam holds 14 U.S. patents. One of the patents, obtained with colleagues John A. Saintsbury and Maurice Weinberg (US 4549402 A), concerned the design of a more compact combustion chamber for the PW100.
Today, he is chair of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and the P&WC Industrial Research Chair in Aviation Gas Turbine Combustion/Emissions Research and Design System Optimization of the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies.
Sam still comes to the P&WC office in Mississauga once a week to discuss research being done on reducing the environmental impact of aviation. His work on environmental impact studies is widely recognized and includes more than 35 research papers. In fact, Sam was a member of the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.
Committed and dependable people like Sam Sampath have helped build the P&WC traditions of innovation and excellence, and a better world. Thank you, Dr. Sam.
The PW100 is the engine of choice it is today thanks, in part, to Dr. Parthasarathy (Sam) Sampath, who was a member of the P&WC team for 41 years.
Over the course of 30 years, a great many people at P&WC have contributed to the immense success of the PW100. To celebrate the engine that revolutionized the global regional market, we issued an appeal and asked for the names of those who have left their mark on its design, build and evolution.
We received over 150 names! As planned, we picked 30 names for the 30th anniversary of a December day in 1984, when two P&WC PW120A engines powered the first commercial flight of a Dash 8-100 from de Havilland Aircraft, soaring to the sound of bagpipes from Sault Ste. Marie to Kapuskasing, Timmins and Sudbury in Ontario, Canada