Monday, July 15, 2013

Document: Fu Ping's Resume for her NSF Grant Applications

Albert Wang has obtained, through the Freedom of Information Act, a copy of Fu Ping's resume included in her applications for National Science Foundation grants.

As we can see in this copy, Fu Ping has made claims that

  1. She had earned a BA of Chinese Literature from Suzhou University in 1982, which she has since admitted to be incorrect but has blamed others for the mistake.
  2. She served as a Lecturer at Nanjing Aeronautical Institute from 1982 to 1983, a period that she had claimed to be under house arrest while waiting to be deported following her research of female infanticide.
  3. She had a publication titled Two Minutes Stories, in China in 1988, when in fact that was a book of children's stories she translated from its English version.


  1. it's "Alber".
    please correct your typo in the 1st paragraph.

  2. The quality of the images is very poor on the blog sie, and cannot be read. Please retype all the texts so that its content can be read clearly and easily.

  3. What would be the consequences of securing NSF funding by this kind of fraud?

  4. Click on the photo to enlarge it, and the text will become very clear.

  5. According to Diary Note for Fiscal Year 1993 prepared by Michael McGrath, NSF Program Director, Dr. Fu received a two year award, ASC 9200301 for the project entitled “Shapes for Modeling and Visualization. Dr. Fu is currently directing the implementation of software for the two-dimensional case of weighted alpha shapes.

    Why was NSF’s Program Director under the impression that he was dealing with a Dr. Fu?

    Would NSF given Ping Fu millions of research grants if Ping Fu did not give NSF the impression that she had a Ph.D. degree?

    Many news articles and magazine articles said that Ping Fu has a Ph.D. degree, from the University of Illinois or Nanjing University, depending on which newspaper or magazine you read.

    However, Ping Fu does not have any doctorate degree from any university.

  6. In a NSF internal memorandum dated February 1, 1993, Irene (an NSF staff) wrote to Barbara (another NSF staff), “Please see your note (underneath) from FY92 regarding FY93 funding for Ping Fu. This $15K from you will complete the FY92 funding for Dr. Fu.”

    Why did Irene of NSF though that Ping Fu is Dr. Fu?

  7. According to NSF’s Principal Investigator History Report dated October 24, 1991, the Principal Investigator for NSF Grant Proposal Number 9200301 is Ping Fu. (PI Degree = MS; PI Degree Year = 1990). NSF received Ping Fu’s grant proposal on October 3, 1991. Ping Fu requested $639,728.

    By early 1993, NSF was addressing Ping Fu as Dr. Fu. Was NSF under the impression that Ping Fu completed her Ph.D. program at the University of Illinois after she submitted her NSF grant proposal in October 1991?

  8. On March 18, 1992, Lawrence Brandt, Associate Program Director at NSF, wrote an e-mail to “Dear Ms. Ping and Dr. Edelsbrunner”.

    Lawrence Brandt handled the review of Ping Fu’s proposal “Shapes for Modelling and Visualization”. According to this e-mail, all reviewers pointed to the very high overall budget. The feeling was that most of the algorithmic research is either already done or has adequate support from other NSF grants, and that the programming effort should not be as extensive as the proposal indicates. Also, the budget for equipment is quite high, considering the significant resources already in place at NCSA which would be available for the project.

  9. On January 13, 1995, Elaine Putney of NSF sent an e-mail to Ping Fu:

    Dear Dr. Fu,
    In response to your request, I have checked into the status of your grant money.

    Why did Elaine Putney of NSF believe that NSF was giving grant money to a Dr. Fu when in fact Ping Fu only had a master’s degree?

  10. In a letter dated August 12, 1994, she told the National Science Foundation how she would manage her NSF grant entitled “Shapes for Modeling and Visualization”, award number 9200301, during her visit to Hong Kong.

    According to Ping Fu’s letter, she took a reduced 50% appointment at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, effective August 20, 1994 through August 19, 1995. During this period, Ping Fu worked part time for Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). During her Hong Kong visit, Ping Fu maintained her responsibilities as Principal Investigator of her NSF grant. While in Hong Kong, she continued her research and development work under her NSF grant.

    According to Ping Fu, there should be no interruption in terms of her commitment and duties to her NSF grant.

    This letter was printed on University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign letterhead and signed by Ping Fu, Principal Investigator.

  11. Complaint against Ping Fu, Principal Investigator of National Science Foundation award number 9200301

    William J. Kilgallin
    Senior Advisor, Investigations
    National Science Foundation
    Office of Inspector General

    Dear Mr. Kilgallin:

    I respectfully request that the Office of Inspector General, National Science Foundation, commence an investigation over certain misconduct engaged by Ping Fu, Principal Investigator, in connection NSF grant proposal 9200301.

    Such misconduct includes, without limitation, the following:

    1. Fabrication of her educational background.
    Ping Fu did not receive a Bachelor’s degree from Suzhou University.
    Ping Fu failed to disclose the fact that she attended the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, from 1984 to 1986, without earning any academic degree.
    NSF staff members began to address Ping Fu as Dr. Fu since 1993. Evidence of her claim as a doctor can be found in the attached NSF correspondence file.
    Until early 2013, Ping Fu has been holding herself out as Ping Fu, Ph.D., and received various grants (NSF, NIST and NIH) under such false pretense. Additional public records being obtained from other federal agencies will provide further evidence of her false claim.

    2. Fabrication of her work experience.
    Ping Fu did not work as a Lecturer at Nanjing Aeronautical Institute, China, from 1982-1983.
    A former neighbor in Nanjing might be willing to provide additional information if NSF can reassure her that her identity will be kept strictly confidential.

    3. Misrepresenting her publications.
    Ping Fu was not the author of several publications listed in her NSF grant proposal.
    Additional information will be provided once a Case Number and an NSF Investigator has been assigned.

    4. Plagiarism.
    One of the publication listed in her NSF grant proposal is plagiarized, in violation of U.S. Copyrights law.
    Additional information will be provided once a Case Number and an NSF Investigator has been assigned.

    Please find attached a copy of Ping Fu’s resume and some NSF-grant related correspondence received from the National Archive through my Freedom of Information Act request.

    NSF grant 9200301 is the first of the 7 NSF awards given to Ping Fu and her company, Geomagic. In aggregate, approximately $3 million of taxpayer funds were given to Ping Fu and her company. Obtaining NSF funding use fabricated educational credentials and work experience should not be encouraged by NSF.

    Fair play is a fundamental American value. Anyone who applies and obtains NSF grants (funded by we the American taxpayers) should be held to a higher standard of care.

    Look forward to your prompt response. Feel free to contact me if you need additional information.


  12. Many respects for you!

  13. Ping Fu submitted her resume to the University of Illinois in 1991, to apply for a job at University of Illinois’ NCSA. University of Illinois has provided a copy of Ping Fu’s resume, which is public record.

    In this resume, Ping Fu told the University of UIUC’s National Center for Supercomputing Application that:

    1. She was a Research Assistant at the University of California, San Diego, in 1988;
    2. She was a Teaching Assistant at the University of San Diego in 1987;
    3. She was a Teaching Assistant at the University of New Mexico from 1985 to 1986;
    4. She worked as a Lecturer at Nanjing Aeronautical Institute, China, from 1982 to 1983; and
    5. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chinese Literature from Suzhou University, in China, in 1982.

  14. At least two of her claimed publications are not hers.

    The real author of the NCSA Polyview project is Brian Calvert, as shown in the following web pages:

    The real authors for the SPARTAN project are Shivnath Babu , Minos Garofalakis and Rajeev Rastogi. There are two publications out of the project and Ping Fu's name is not mentioned or acknowledged anywhere in the papers:

    (As of August 1, 2013)

    Ms. Ping Fu


    Employment History

    President and Chief Executive Officer
    Geomagic Inc

    Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer
    Geomagic Inc

    Director of Visualization
    National Center for Supercomputing Applications

    Board Memberships and Affiliations

    Geomagic Inc


    post-graduate degree , Chinese literature

    BS degree , computer science
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

    MS Degree , computer science
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

    MA , Chinese literature
    Suzhou University

    PhD , Chinese literature
    Nanjing University

  16. Nancy Chen says:

    Today, I finally received a response from NSF regarding my FOIA request filed with them in early May. I have received two resumes submitted by Ping Fu to them. One of them lists her non-existent MA in Chinese Literature from Suzhou University. Apparently she was emboldened by her success in faking a BA degree from Suzhou University so she went ahead faking a MA degree. There are more interesting things in her resumes and once they are uploaded for everyone to see, you can do research to see what else she might have faked.