Dean Kamen

Dean Kamen is the president and, founder of DEKA Research and Development Corp. He is the inventor of numerous devices to improve medical care and quality of life, including the Segway® Human Transporter; the iBOT®, a wheelchair that can negotiate stairs and rough surfaces, go up and over curbs and raise a seated person to eye level with a standing person; a portable dialysis machine and the first wearable insulin pump. Mr. Kamen holds more than 100 U.S. and foreign patents and received the National Medal of Technology from President Clinton for “inventions that have advanced medical care worldwide and for imaginative leadership in awakening America to the excitement of science and technology.” In 1989 he founded US First (Foundation for the Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), which sponsors an annual national robots engineering contest for high school students. Kamen is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering. His numerous honors include the Heinz Award in Technology, the Economy, and Employment, the Hoover Medal from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and induction into the National Inventors Hall of Fame. Mr. Kamen attended Worcester Polytechnic Institute and has received honorary degrees from a number of colleges and universities.