Chen Di, born in 1929 in Shixi, Zhejiang, later moved to Taiwan and graduated from Department of Electrical Engineering at Taiwan University in 1952. In 1954, Chen was enrolled in the University of Minnesota and received a master degree in electrical engineering in 1956, and then he received a doctoral degree from Stanford University in 1959.
After graduation, Chen returned to and taught Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Minnesota till 1962 when he started serving at Honeywell Research for eighteen years till 1980.
Chen was actively involved in Chinese community activities. In 1967, he played a critical role in establishing Chinese American Association of Minnesota (CAAM). Now CAAM has become the most influential Chinese community with the longest history in Minnesota. Now CAAM is still very active in promoting cultural exchanges between the U.S. and China, and participating in various social activities.