David Pistrui

Director, Graduate Recruiting
Clinical Professor of Engineering

Dr. David Pistrui
Contact Info:
Campus: McNichols Campus
Building: Engineering
Room: 270
Phone: (313) 993-3378
Dr. David Pistrui


  • Ph.D., Applied Economics (Cum Laude) Entrepreneurship and Strategy, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain.
  • Ph.D., Sociology, University of Bucharest, Romania.
  • M.A., Liberal Studies, DePaul University.
  • B.B.A., Marketing and Economics, Western Michigan University


David Pistrui, Ph.D., is an executive, entrepreneur, and educator with over 30 years of experience serving the corporate, nonprofit, and education sectors. Dr. Pistrui is an internationally recognized authority and pioneer in the areas of strategic business growth, creativity, innovation, technology entrepreneurship, design and systems thinking.  Dr. Pistrui serves as a speaker, moderator, and master of ceremony at events and conferences around the world.

Research Interests:

Dr. Pistrui has co-authored over 60 publications in the areas of strategy, family business, and engineering education.  Currently Dr. Pistrui is leading a regional study focusing on the forth industrial revolution known as Industry 4.0.

Teaching Experience:

Dr. Pistrui has held faculty appointments at the University of Detroit Mercy, Fayetteville State University, Illinois Institute of Technology, DePaul University, Alfred University, and J. J. Strossmayer University.


“Using Design Thinking Principles to Develop New Community Centered Engineering Educational Initiatives for High School Students,” American Association for Engineering Education 124th Annual Conference Proceedings, Columbus, OH, June 2017.

“Mapping the Behaviors, Motives and Professional Competencies of Entrepreneurially Minded Engineers in Theory and Practice: An Empirical Investigation,” The Journal of Engineering Entrepreneurship, ASEE Special Issue, Vol. 4, No. 1, Winter 2013.

“Creating and Assessing a New Class of Entrepreneurial Minded Engineers,” National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance, 16th Annual Conference Proceedings, San Francisco, CA, March 22-25, 2012.

Grants and Awards:

Dr. Pistrui has received support from the Ford Fund, Kern Family Foundation, Coleman Foundation, Koch Foundation, Kauffman Foundation, Pope Foundation, and Open Society Institute.