Honored in 2005 by Inc. Magazine as "The Entrepreneur of the Year", Ping Fu describes herself as an artist and a scientist whose chosen expression is business. In 1997, Ping co-founded Geomagic, a software company which pioneers 3D technologies that fundamentally change the way products are designed and manufactured around the world. Used for repairing vintage cars at Jay Leno's garage to digitally recreating the Statue of Liberty, Geomagic aims to enable design and production of one-of-the-kind products and services at a cost less than mass production.
Before co-founding Geomagic, Ping Fu was Director of Visualization at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, where she initiated and managed the NCSA Mosaic software project that led to Netscape and Internet Explorer.
Ping has been serving on the NACIE (National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship) at the White House. She was invited as a guest of the First Lady Michelle Obama at her box for the President's first State of Union Address. Ping was recognized in 2012 by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services as an Outstanding American By Choice.
Coming straight to the US from a Chinese prison, Ping's journey to entrepreneurship is a remarkable American dream by itself. Her childhood dream was to be an astronaut. Today her company's software is used to ensure safe return of every NASA space shuttle. "There is a deep current of humanity in the way we approach innovation and business" she says. Ping has one daughter who is in college and she lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.