Ping Fu (1958- ) is the Chinese-American cofounder of Geomagic, a firm based in 3D Computer imaging and technology. Ping Fu was born in China and grew up during the Chinese Cultural Revolution. While growing up in China she received little formal education until the end of the Cultural Revolution, when she then earned a bachelor's degree in Chinese Language. She came to the United States at age 25 knowing little English. She enrolled in English as a second language course. As her English improved she worked odd jobs to support herself as she earned a computer science degree. After graduation she worked at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications which is located at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus, where she had previously taken classes. While working at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications she took advantage of an opportunity to receive financial backing for a startup business. With this she worked on creating software which works with 3D technology, which became Geomagic. If you would like to find out more about Ping Fu and her amazing journey, pick up her new autobiography at your local library!
This entry is part of MPL's National Women's History Month.