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UMT President, Yanping Chen, MD, PhD, PMP, Designated as A Fellow of the Project Management Institute

ARLINGTON, Virginia, 25 October 2012

UMT is pleased to announce that its president, Yanping Chen, MD, PhD, PMP, has been designated by the Project Management Institute (PMI), the world's largest association for project managers, as a Fellow of the Institute. 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.

About the Recipient

Dr. 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 sit on the PMI global Board of Directors for six years (2005-2010), where she served as Vice Chair of the Board and headed several Board committees.

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, and chaired two task forces on PMI Core Values and PMI Board Building.

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.

About Project Management Institute (PMI)

PMI is one of the world's largest not-for-profit membership associations, with more than 650,000 members and credential holders in more than 185 countries. As a global thought leader and knowledge resource, PMI advances the profession through its global standards and credentials, collaborative chapters and virtual communities and academic research.

Dr. Chen (front right) receiving the PMI Fellow Award at the award ceremony.

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