Nationally known inventor Dean Kamen brings Segway to Kettering's commencement.

Nationally known inventor Dean Kamen brings Segway to Kettering's commencement.

Dec 6, 2001

You've seen it in the media ... and now the Segway Human Transporter is coming to Kettering University!!

You've seen it in the media ... and now the Segway Human Transporter is coming to Kettering University!!

Inventor Dean Kamen, who drew national media attention with his latest invention, will receive an honorary doctor of Engineering degree at Kettering University's winter commencement ceremonies Friday, Dec. 7, 4:30 p.m. in the Connie and Jim John Recreation Center.

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Kamen was still an undergraduate when he invented the first wearable infusion pump, which gained rapid acceptance for chemotherapy, neonatology and endocrinology. In 1976, he founded his first medical device company, AutoSyringe Inc., to manufacture and market the pumps. By age 30, he had added a number of other infusion devices, including the first insulin pump for diabetics. He sold AutoSyringe Inc. to Baxter International Corp. In 1982, he founded DEKA Research & Development Corp in Manchester, N.H. Mr. Kamen built his new business in the turn-of-the-century textile millyards on the Amoskeag River, where he pursues the next phase of the technological revolution on a site with a rich history from the industrial revolution.

Mr. Kamen's inventions include the heart stent used by Vice President Dick Cheney and the HomeChoice dialysis machine, which was named the 1993 Medical Product of the Year Award by "Design News." His latest invention, the Independence 3000 IBOT Transporter, was developed for Johnson & Johnson and is a personal transporter that climbs, traverses sandy and rocky terrain and provides extraordinary freedom for the disabled community.

The Segway Human Transporter has ties to the Flint, Mich., area. Parts for the new invention have been produced by Delphi Automotive Systems, which is headed by J.T. Battenberg III, a 1966 graduate of Kettering/GMI.
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A decade ago, Kamen founded FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), an international high school robotics competition that Kettering University participates in. FIRST uses marketing and media techniques to motivate a new generation of students to learn about science and technology. He has personally recruited scores of top leaders from American industry, education and government to participate by teaming up professionals with high school students. FIRST also encourages local contests, like the Kettering Kickoff each September. The national contest is in Walt Disney World in Orlando and is now the largest non-Disney event at the Epcot Center.
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He is the recipient of some of the country's most prestigious awards, including the 1994 Kilby Award, which celebrates extraordinary contributions to society through science, technology, innovation, invention and education; the 1995 Hoover Medal for innovative and imaginative leadership; the 1998 Heinz Award for inventions that have advanced medical care worldwide; and the country's highest award for technology -- the 2000 National Medal of Technology presented by President Bill Clinton for medical and technology contributions.

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