Dr Glen Snedden

CSIR principal engineer and research group leader for aeronautics systems

Snedden’s research focuses on gas turbine engines with a range of expertise in areas such as experimental aerodynamics, computational fluid dynamics and mechanical design applied in that field.

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Snedden has worked in aeronautics research at the CSIR since 1996. He has led the CSIR’s aeronautics systems’ gas turbine research since 2000 and became a principal engineer in 2005. In 2012, Snedden became the technical advisor to the Aerospace Industry Support Initiative (AISI), which was established by the Department of Trade and Industry and is managed and hosted by the CSIR. He lectures aircraft propulsion at the University of Pretoria. He is a member of the Royal Aeronautical Society, United Kingdom and Executive Secretary of the International Society of Air Breathing Engines.

Expertise: Combustion engine thermodynamics; Gas turbine engines; Experimental aerodynamics; Computational fluid dynamics; Mixed flow compressors; Combustor design; Turbopump design

Academic qualifications: 
  • BSc (Mechanical Engineering) (summa cum laude), University of Natal, 1993
  • MSc (Mechanical Engineering), University of Natal, 1996
  • BCom (Management), UNISA, 2003
  • PhD (Engineering), Durham University, United Kingdom, 2012
  • PrEng


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