Dean Kamen to Receive Stevens Honor Award at EAS Society Gala, Nov. 6

October 29, 2009

Kamen will address students and faculty earlier that day as part of the Heath Lecture Series

HOBOKEN, N.J., Oct. 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Edwin A. Stevens Society of Stevens Institute of Technology will this year honor prolific inventor and entrepreneur Dean Kamen with the Stevens Honor Award. Kamen will receive the award on November 6 at the annual Edwin A. Stevens Society Gala, to be held at the Liberty Science Center at 7 p.m. Attendance at the event is by invitation only.

Earlier that day, he will address students and faculty on campus as part of the Heath Lecture Series at 5 p.m. in the Babbio Center. His speech will focus on FIRST and, as he put it, “the power of technology and what it can and should do.”

First bestowed in 1945, the Stevens Honor Award was designed to honor “notable achievement in any field of endeavor.” Kamen joins a long and diverse list of distinguished recipients, including artist Alexander Calder, ’19, futurist and inventor R. Buckminster Fuller and Charles Stewart Mott, 1897, the industrialist and philanthropist.

As an inventor and physicist, Kamen has dedicated his life to developing technologies that help people lead better lives. As an inventor, he holds more than 440 U.S. and foreign patents, many of them for innovative medical devices that have expanded the frontiers of health care worldwide. While still a college undergraduate, he invented the automatic, self-contained, ambulatory pump designed to deliver precise doses of medication to patients with a variety of medical conditions. In 1976 he founded AutoSyringe, Inc., to manufacture and market the pumps. At age 30, he sold that company to Baxter International Corporation. By then, he had added a number of other infusion devices, including the first wearable insulin pump for diabetics. Following the sale of AutoSyringe, Inc., he founded DEKA Research & Development Corp. to develop internally generated inventions as well as to provide R&D for major corporate clients.

The array of products and technologies invented and developed by Kamen and the engineering team at DEKA is extremely broad. Two notable breakthrough medical devices invented and developed by DEKA are the HomeChoiceT portable dialysis machine, marketed by Baxter Healthcare, and the iBOTT Mobility System, a sophisticated mobility aid developed for Johnson & Johnson. With the SegwayT Human Transporter, Kamen aspired to improve upon the most basic form of transportation, walking, by allowing people to go farther, move more quickly, and carry more without separating them from their everyday walking environment. DEKA’s other projects include: a DARPA-funded robotic arm project intended to restore functionality for individuals with upper extremity amputations; a new and improved Stirling engine intended to convert almost any fuel into electrical power and clean heat as part of a system that is clean, quiet, easy to use, and easy to maintain with a long operating life; new water purification technology intended to convert almost any source water into safe drinking water; and many others.

Among Kamen’s proudest accomplishments is founding FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), an organization dedicated to motivating the next generation to understand, use and enjoy science and technology. In 2009, its flagship program, the FIRST Robotics Competition, will reach more than 42,000 high-school students on close to 1,700 teams in 40 regional competitions, seven district competitions, and one national championship. The FIRST Robotics Competition teams professionals and young people to solve an engineering design problem in an intense and competitive way. In 1998, the FIRST LEGO League was created for children ages 9-14. Similar to the FIRST Robotics Competition, these young participants build a robot and compete in a friendly event designed for their age group. In the 2008/09 season, over 137,000 children are participating in 42 countries. FIRST also offers the Junior FIRST LEGO League for 6- to 9-year-olds and the FIRST Tech Challenge, which provides high-school-aged students with the traditional challenge of the FIRST Robotics Competition, but with a more accessible and affordable robotics kit.

Kamen has received numerous awards and accolades including the Heinz Award in Technology, the Economy and Employment in 1998, the National Medal of Technology from President Clinton in 2000, the Lemelson-MIT Prize in 2002 for Invention and Innovation, the United Nations Association of the USA Global Humanitarian Action Award in 2006 and honorary degrees from more than 25 colleges and universities. Kamen was inducted into The National Inventors Hall of Fame in May 2005.

About the Edwin A. Stevens Society

Edwin A. Stevens (1795-1869) and his family, well known philanthropists and visionaries of their time, showed their civic responsibility and inventiveness in many ways. They made their most enduring contribution by establishing Stevens Institute of Technology with an initial gift of land and funds to start the school.

Honoring the spirit of this generous contribution, graduates of Stevens established the Edwin A. Stevens Society. Members of the society work to provide a solid foundation of financial support for Stevens.

By investing in future generations of Stevens graduates, contributors affirm their deep commitment to providing quality education in engineering, technology and the sciences. Members of the Edwin A. Stevens Society know that Stevens graduates continue to assume key leadership roles in industry, strengthening our nation and our world.

Edwin A. Stevens Society members – a strong network of industry leaders, inventors, businessmen and women, entrepreneurs and educators – believe in making solid investments in Stevens for its future.

About Stevens Institute of Technology

Founded in 1870, Stevens Institute of Technology is one of the leading technological universities in the world dedicated to learning and research. Through its broad-based curricula, nurturing of creative inventiveness, and cross disciplinary research, the Institute is at the forefront of global challenges in engineering, science, and technology management. Partnerships and collaboration between, and among, business, industry, government and other universities contribute to the enriched environment of the Institute. A new model for technology commercialization in academe, known as TechnogenesisR, involves external partners in launching business enterprises to create broad opportunities and shared value.

Stevens offers baccalaureates, master’s and doctoral degrees in engineering, science, computer science and management, in addition to a baccalaureate degree in the humanities and liberal arts, and in business and technology. The university has a total enrollment of 2,150 undergraduate and 3,500 graduate students, with about 250 full-time faculty. Stevens’ graduate programs have attracted international participation from China, India, Southeast Asia, Europe and Latin America. Additional information may be obtained from its web page at www.stevens.edu.

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