Fotis Mavriplis studied aerodynamics at the Technical University of Munich, and then worked as an engineer in Munich prior to the outbreak of World War II. He often spent weekends skiing in St. Anton, Austria, and later lived there, where he learned to ski. After short stints elsewhere in Europe, including France, Mavriplis later emigrated to Canada, first in Toronto and then in MontrÃ©al, where he had a career as an aerospace engineer, as the manager of the aerodynamics department at Canadair and Bombardier Aerospace. He became a fellow of the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute in 1980, and was given the McCurdy Award in 1998 for his contributions to the Canadian aerospace industry. His son, Dimitri, followed him in the field, and became a professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Wyoming, studying the aerodynamics of airplane wings..His daughter Catherine, is a professor in mechanical engineering at Ottawa University. and is the holder of the Pratt & Whitney Canada Chair for Women in
Science and Engineering.