ROCKVILLE, Md., November 6, 2008 - Ping Fu, president and CEO of Geomagic, received the Business Innovation Award from the America China Business Women's Alliance (ACBWA) at a luncheon today in Rockville, Md.
Ms. Fu was given the award at the 2008 American China Women Business Leader's Conference, where she spoke to 400 business owners and executives.
"Ping's journey from a young lady scared for her life in China to an internationally known entrepreneur and technology leader is a remarkable story," said Jade Zhou, ACBWA executive director. "We are honored to present this award to Ping, and to have her address the hundreds of women executives and distinguished guests at the conference."
From exile to tech innovator
Punished as a child during the Cultural Revolution and expelled from China as a young woman for writing about the ritual killing of baby girls, Fu came to America with only a few dollars. She used a restless intellect and iron-clad will to gain an education in computer science and work at increasingly high-level positions.
As director of visualization at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, Fu initiated and managed the NCSA Mosaic software project that led to Netscape and Internet Explorer. She also developed the computer animation software that enabled animators to create award-winning special effects for Terminator 2. Under Fu's direction, Geomagic has become the worldwide leader in digital shape sampling and processing (DSSP), which is fundamentally changing the way products are made, heralding a shift from mass manufacturing to mass customization.
"It was an honor to receive this award and meet an extraordinary group of American and Chinese businesswomen," says Fu. "I thank the ACBW for the award and IBM for nominating me."
Geomagic (www.geomagic.com) is a global company dedicated to advancing and applying 3D technology for the benefit of humanity. Geomagic’s scanning and design software solutions are used to capture and model 3D content from physical objects, organically sculpt complex shapes, and prepare products for manufacturing. In addition, the company produces powerful 3D metrology and inspection software that verifies dimensional quality by comparing as-built products to master designs. Geomagic’s Sensable Phantom haptic devices simulate the sense of touch in a digital environment.
Geomagic’s software and hardware are utilized by world-class customers in a variety of industries, including aerospace, automotive, medical, consumer products, toys, collectibles, coindesign, jewelry, fine art, heritage restoration, research, education, mold making, entertainment, training and surgical simulation. In fact, some of the world’s leading companies and research organizationsuse Geomagic software, including Ford, BMW,Boeing, Harley Davidson, Timberland, Mattel/Fisher Price, Lego, Pratt & Whitney, NASA, Schneider Electronic, 3M, Danaher and Invisalign. Geomagic is based in Research Triangle Park, N.C., USA, with an office in Boston, subsidiaries in Europe and Asia, and channel partners worldwide.
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