PMI® Honors Yanping Chen with Fellow Award


Late breaking news: Yanping Chen, MD, PhD, PMP, has been designated a Fellow of the Project Management Institute (PMI®). The PMI Fellow Award, which is the most prestigious award that PMI confers on an individual, was presented during PMI’s annual Awards Ceremony on Saturday, 20 October 2012 at the Vancouver Convention Centre, Canada.

yanping-chenDr. Chen is President of the University of Management and Technology, an accredited US-based university that delivers project management degree programs globally, offering academic scholarships to promote project management higher learning through the PMI Education Foundation. She served the Project Management Institute as a volunteer for twenty years. In the early and mid-1990s, she was deputy director of the Project Management Professional Certification Committee. She was elected to the PMI Board of Directors for six years (2005-2010), where she served as Vice Chair and headed two task forces on PMI Core Values and PMI Board Building.

A cardiologist turned program manager, Dr. Chen served as Director of Planning for the China manned space flight program and was responsible for managing more than 200 projects and programs concurrently during the 1980s. Her group established the groundwork for China’s launch of astronauts into space beginning in 2003.

Dr. Chen was the first Chinese citizen to earn the Project Management Professional (PMP®) credential. Her volunteer involvement with PMI began in 1992 when she served the PMI Certification Committee as its Deputy Director. Throughout the 1990s, she served as PMI’s ambassador to promote PMI and its certification program in China, including the translation of A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) into Chinese. She was instrumental in facilitating PMI’s collaboration with the Chinese government to launch the PMP exam in China. She served on the PMI Registered Education Provider (REP) Advisory Group, and was elected two terms to serve on PMI’s Board of Directors, in 2005-2010. While on the Board, Dr. Chen held positions as PMI Officer and PMI Vice Chair of the Board of Directors.

During her career, Dr. Chen also served as director of four Chinese professional scientific societies, and received national awards in space medical research on eight occasions. She served as an International Fellow at the Smithsonian Institution from 1991-92, and resident & CEO of Yankee Clipper Group from 1992-98. She has published more than 20 scientific articles and authored two books, including Principles of Contracting for Project Management. She earned her PhD in Public Policy and MA in Science and Technology Policy from George Washington University, and earned the MD in China.

Dr. Chen joins her husband Davidson Frame, PhD, PMI Fellow as one of only 65 people worldwide who have been honored as PMI Fellows since the Institute’s founding in 1969.  Others who received the PMI Fellow Award in 2012 included Mark Mathieson, Aaron J. Shenhar and Thomas Walenta.

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