Dr. Jordi Puig-Suari

Professor, Aerospace Engineering
California Polytechnic State University

Dr. Jordi Puig-Suari graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science, a Master of Science and a PhD in aeronautical and astronautical engineering in 1988, 1990, and 1993, respectively. In 1993 he was a visiting assistant professor in the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Purdue. From 1994 to 1998, he was an Assistant Professor in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Arizona State University. In 1998, Dr. Puig-Suari joined the Aerospace Engineering Department at CalPoly, San Luis Obispo as an Associated Professor. He served as Chair of the Aerospace Engineering Department at Cal Poly from 2004 to 2008.

In 1999, Dr Puig-Suari and Prof. Bob Twiggs at Stanford developed the CubeSat standard. This small satellite standard has been adopted by over 100 universities, companies, and government agencies worldwide and has become the standard in the university and small satellite communities. Dr. Puig-Suari has maintained a leadership role in the CubeSat community, and he is the chair for 2 yearly CubeSat workshops held in the U.S. Dr. Puig-Suari is the faculty advisor for Cal Poly’s CubeSat team. The team was responsible for the development of the standard CubeSat deployer (the P-POD). As a result, Cal Poly has been involved in supporting orbital launches for a large number of satellite developers in the U.S. and abroad including Universities, NASA, ESA, NSF, DOD, Boeing, and The Aerospace Corporation. The team has supported all CubeSat launches in the U.S. and has participated in the launch of over 130 CubeSats worldwide. In addition to launch activities, Dr. Puig-Suari’s team has been involved in the development and launch of 10 CubeSats.

In 2011, Dr. Puig-Suari co-founded Tyvak Nano-satellite Systems to support the commercial CubeSat market.

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