David Pui, who was born in Shanghai, graduated from the University of Minnesota with a bachelor’s degree in 1970, a master’s degree in 1973, and a doctorate in 1976 in mechanical engineering. After graduation, Pui stayed at the University as a research associate in mechanical engineering, and in 1984, he became an assistant professor.
Pui is a Distinguished McKnight University Professor and L M Fingerson/TSI Chair in mechanical engineering. He is the author of about 250 scientific publications and has developed or co-developed several widely used aerosol instruments. He is a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and a recipient of the Smoluchowski Award in 1992, the Max Planck Research Award in 1993, the International Aerosol Fellow Award in 1998, Humboldt Research Award for Senior U.S. Scientists in 2000, and the AAAR David Sinclair Award in 2002.
Pui served as President of the American Association for Aerosol Research and has organized several international symposia to promote research cooperation, especially among young scientists. He is currently president of the International Aerosol Research Assembly. The Chinese Academy of Sciences conferred him an Einstein Professorship in 2013.
In addition to his research engagement, Pui was the director of the China Center at the University of Minnesota from 1994 to 1998, promoting exchanges with Chinese academic institutions. The International Aerosol Research Assembly established an International Collaboration Award named after Professors Pui and Fissan.