CAD Society Announces Ping Fu of Geomagic as Winner of the 2010 CAD Society Leadership Award
Ping Fu co-founded Geomagic and has led its growth from start-up to worldwide leader in 3D scan processing software. Companies using Geomagic software to accelerate reverse engineering and quality inspection include Ford, Harley Davidson, Richard Childress Racing, Timberland, Fisher Price, Pratt & Whitney, NASA, Alcoa Howmet, Danaher and Invisalign.
Under Fu's leadership, Geomagic has earned six patents for streamlining the process of transforming 3D scan data into high-quality parametric CAD models. Most recently, Geomagic pioneered design-intent modeling, which speeds product development by structuring scan data and extracting key engineering features that are required for creating parametric models. The company is also the first to provide direct parametric exchange of models for five leading CAD packages (Autodesk Inventor, CATIA, Pro/ENGINEER, Siemens NX, and SolidWorks).
Before starting Geomagic, 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.
Among Fu's awards are Inc. magazine Entrepreneur of the Year, worldwide "Fast 50" executive by Fast Company magazine, and Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for the Carolinas. With her guidance, Geomagic has won numerous awards for product innovation and has been profitable for almost a decade.
"Ping's list of achievements in developing innovative and successful software, as well as inspiring a new generation of engineers with her technology, is unmatched in the industry," said Terry Wohlers, president of Wohlers Associates. "Her tireless drive for design and manufacturing excellence and her performance as a top business leader make her the perfect choice for this award."
The awards will be presented at COFES (Congress On the Future of Engineering Software), April 15-18, 2010 in Scottsdale, AZ. Past winners of this award include Bill McClure and Dan Staples, Carl Bass, Jay Sunyogh, Dana K. "Deke" Smith, Robert McNeel, Tony Affuso, Tom Butta, Jon Hirschtick, and Bernard Charles.
"I am honored and excited to receive this award and thank the CAD Society for recognizing Geomagic's contribution to the industry," says Fu. "I have always believed that design and manufacturing are the backbone of our economy. It has been my passion and dream to change the design and manufacturing paradigm from mass production to mass customization, and CAD plays a major part in that transformation."