Dean Kamen, the man responsible for inventing the first insulin pump, the Segway, and an all-terrain wheelchair known as the iBOT will present “Personal Passion Changes the World” on Wed., Nov. 17, at 5 pm. in the Worrell Professional Center auditorium room 1312 on the Wake Forest campus. The event is part of the Leading Out Loud Broyhill Executive Lecture Series. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Kamen is the founder of DEKA Research and Development and serves as co-host of the program ‘Dean of Invention’ on the Planet Green television network. He has more than 440 patents including a breakthrough in water purification technology which has the potential to improve living conditions in developing countries.
In 1989, Kamen founded FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), a program known for its student robotics competitions. He has received numerous engineering and technology awards including the National Medal of Technology from then President Clinton and a Global Humanitarian Action Award by the United Nations. He holds honorary degrees from several universities.