About Dean Kamen
Dean Kamen is an inventor, an entrepreneur and a tireless advocate for science and technology. His roles as an inventor advocate are intertwined - his own passion for technology and its practical uses has driven his personal determination to spread the word about technologies virtues and by doing so change the culture of the United States. His vast knowledge of the physical sciences, combined with his ability to integrate the fundamental laws of physics with the most fundamental technologies, has led to the development of breakthrough processes and products.
As an inventor, he holds more than 150 U.S. and foreign patents, many of them for innovative medical devices that have expanded the frontiers of the medical industry worldwide. While still a college undergraduate, he invented the first wearable infusion pump, which rapidly gained acceptance from such diverse medical specialties as chemotherapy, neonatology, and endocrinology. 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 insulin pump for diabetics. Following the sale of AutoSyringe, Inc, he founded DEKA Research & Development Corporation to develop internally generated inventions as well as provide R & D for major corporate clients. Recent projects have included the HomeChoice dialysis machine, developed for Baxter (Design News' 1993 Medical Product of the Year), and the INDEPENDENCE iBOT Mobility System, also developed for Johnson & Johnson. In 2001, he unveiled the Segway Human Transporter, DEKA's latest invention.
Team 228 at a Glance
Location: Meriden, Connecticut, USA
Team Size: 25 Students, 10 Mentors
High Schools: Platt, Maloney, Wilcox Tech High Schools in Meriden; Lyman Hall, Sheehan High Schools in Wallingford
Rookie Year: 1999
Team Mantra: Contagious Enthusiasm!