Puig-Suari obtained his BS and MS degrees from Purdue University School of Aeronautics and Astronautics, in 1988 and 1990, respectively. He then completed PhD dissertation at Purdue with Professor James Longuski as thesis advisor.
From 1994 to 1998, he was an Assistant Professor in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Arizona State University. Puig-Suari is a professor at Cal Poly, and served as Chair of the Aerospace Engineering Department at Cal Poly from 2004 to 2008.
As of 2017, Puig-Suari had participated in 8 satellite development efforts and the launch of over 130 CubeSats worldwide.
In 2011 Puig-Suari and Scott MacGillivray, former manager of nanosatellite programs for Boeing Phantom Works, established Tyvak Nano-Satellite Systems in San Luis Obispo, California, to sell miniature avionics packages for small satellites, with the goal to increase the volume available for payloads.
"Cubist Movement". Space News. 2012-08-13. p. 30.
When professors Jordi Puig-Suari of California Polytechnic State University and Bob Twiggs of Stanford University invented the cubesat a little more than a decade ago, they never imagined that the tiny satellites would be adopted by universities, companies and government agencies around the world. They simply wanted to design a spacecraft with capabilities similar to Sputnik that graduate student could design, build, test and operate. For size, the professors settled on a 10-centimeter cube because it was large enough to accommodate a basic communications payload, solar panels and a battery.
- "Aerospace Engineering Faculty". Cal Poly. Archived from the original on 2012-12-12. Retrieved 2012-09-30.
- "Jordi Puig-Suari at Purdue AAE". Retrieved 2017-08-28.
- Werner, Deborah (13 August 2012). "Builders Packing More Capability into Small Satellites".
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