Raleigh CEO invited to State of the Union

Geomagic CEO Ping Fu (image courtesy Geomagic)

January 27, 2010 6:31:35 AM PST
A Research Triangle CEO will sit near First Lady Michelle Obama at Wednesday night's State of the Union Address.

Ping Fu, CEO of Geomagic, will also attend a reception at the White House.

Fu came to the attention of the Obama administration when she attended a White House technology forum earlier this month.

The White House Forum on Modernizing Government brought 50 private sector leaders together to share business best practices and ideas on leveraging technology to streamline federal operations, improve customer service, and maximize technology return on investment.

Fu's presence at the speech is expected to underline President Obama's commitment to creating new jobs.

Fu co-founded Geomagic in 1996 and became CEO in 2000. The company creates 3D software for making digital models of physical objects. The software is used by design companies and in the dental and medical markets to create customized restorations, appliances, prosthetics and treatment plans that help improve patient care.

The firms currently using the software include Ford, Harley Davidson, Timberland, Fisher Price, and NASA.

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