Maker, Manufacturing, Creative Industries

Ping Fu

Founder, Entrepreneur, Author, 

Honored by Inc. Magazine as “The Entrepreneur of the Year” in 2005, Ping Fu co-founded Geomagic, a leading US software company which pioneers 3D technologies that fundamentally change the way products are designed and manufactured around the world. 

From repairing vintage cars at Jay Leno’s garage to preserving US treasures and digitally recreating the Statue of Liberty, Geomagic enables design and production of one-of-a-kind products and services at a cost lower than that of mass production. Geomagic was acquired by 3D Systems (NYSE: DDD) in February 2013. As Chief Entrepreneur Officer at 3D Systems, Ping led the corporate growth strategy, new market development and entrepreneurial and innovation programs. Her P&L responsibilities included software, entertainment, culinary, product design and development.

Awards for her leadership include Outstanding American by Choice Award from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Entrepreneur of the Year by Inc. magazine, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year (Carolinas), and Life Time Achievements award by Business Leader magazine.

Current board roles include Gelsight Inc (Exec Chairman), The Long Now Foundation, and Advisory Board roles for Modern Meadow and the International Advisory Board of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Centre for Government Innovation. 

Ping holds an MS degree in Computer Science from Univ of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and studied Chinese literature at Suzhou University in China. Her 2013 memoir “Bend, Not Break: Life in two worlds”, is a New York Times best seller.

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