WPI's University Lecture Features Entrepreneur, Inventor & Physicist Dean Kamen

Annual Lecture Series to Feature Speakers of National & International Importance

Contact: WPI Media Relations, +1-508-831-5609

What: Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) is launching its new University Lecture series with a talk from inventor, physicist, and entrepreneur Dean Kamen. The annual University Lecture is designed to bring to WPI speakers of national and international importance to enhance scholarly and scientific learning and to stimulate intellectual exchange within the university and the Worcester community. The series is sponsored by the WPI Office of the President.
When: Thursday, November 3, 2005
5:00 p.m.
Where: Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Alden Memorial
100 Institute Road
Worcester, Mass.
Cost: FREE and open to the public
Who: Dean Kamen has dedicated his life to developing technologies that help people lead better lives. As an inventor, he holds more than 200 U.S. and foreign patents, many of them for innovative medical devices that have expanded the frontiers of health care worldwide. While still an undergraduate at WPI, he invented the first wearable infusion pump. He founded DEKA Research & Development Corporation to develop internally generated inventions as well as to provide R&D for major corporate clients.

Two notable breakthrough medical devices invented and developed by DEKA are the HomeChoice™ portable dialysis machine, and the Independence™ iBOT™ 3000 Mobility System. With his latest creation, the Segway™ Human Transporter (HT), 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.

Among Kamen's proudest accomplishments is founding FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) in 1989, an organization dedicated to motivating the next generation to understand, use, and enjoy science and technology.

Kamen has received numerous awards and accolades for his innovative inventions that revolutionized health-care technology, including the National Medal of Technology in 2000 and the Lemelson-MIT Prize in 2002 for Invention and Innovation. He was inducted into The National Inventors Hall of Fame in May 2005.
More: Visit the University Lecture Series Web site.