Originally from Brooklyn, Saffir graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1940 with a Bachelor of Surgery in civil engineering.
Civil engineer, Tennessee Valley Authority, Chattanooga, 1940;
Civil engineer, National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, Langley Field, Virginia, 1940-1941;
structural engineer, Ebasco Services, New York City, 1941-1943;
structural engineer, York & Sawyer & Fred Severud, New York City, 1945;
engineer, Waddell & Hardesty, Cons. Engineers, New York City, 1945-1947;
assistant county engineer, Dade County, Miami, Florida, 1947-1959;
construction engineering, Herbert S. Saffir, Coral Gables, Florida, since 1959. Adjunct Professor сivil engineering College Engineering, University Miami, since 1964.
Adviser сivil engineering Florida International U., 1975-1980. Consultant on building codes Government Bahamas. Consultant on engineering in housing to United Nations.
Member, chairman Metropolitan Dade County Unsafe Structures Board, 1977-1992. Member Building Code Evaluation Task Force after Hurricane Andrew. Member American National Studies Institute Commission Building Design Loads, National Advisory Group on Glass Design, Dade County Building Code Committee 1993-1996.
Member U. Miami/Coral Gables Community Rels. Committee, since 1993;consultant to government and industry, conductor seminars, Australia and Georgia Technology. Reviewer for National Science Foundation.
Member board adjustment City of Coral Gables, 1994-1997, member budget board, since 1997. Presenter seminars in field.
With New York Guard, 1942-1943, Army of the United States, 1943-1944, World War World War II. Fellow Florida Engineering Society (award for outstanding technical achievement 1973, Community Service award 1980, Lifetime Achievement award 2003, distinguished engineer award 2003), College Engineers Puerto Rico (Distinguished Engineer award 2002). Member American Society of Civil Engineers (honorary, past president, secretary, aerodynamics committee since 1983, member mitigation of wind damage committee since 1985, chairman committee on damage investigation since 1989, member committee A7 on design loads for buildings since 1972), Society of America Military Engineers, American Concrete Institute, American Society for Testing and Materials (member committee performance building construction), International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering, Colegio de Ingenieros Puerto Rico, American Meterol.
Society, American Arbitration Association, Wind Engineering Research Council (past board directors, Service award 1990), American Association for Wind Engineering, Coral Gables C. of Chamber (board directors, past president, past chairman), Tau Beta Pi, Chi Epsilon (honorary). Clubs: Country of Coral Gables.
Married Sarah Young, May 9, 1941 (deceased). Children: Richard Young, Barbara Joan.