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.
Gus Robotics Team 228 was founded in 1999 to bring the excitement and inspiration of the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) to students from Meriden, CT. Since then, our program has grown into a nationally-recognized robotics team for students from five different high schools in Meriden and Wallingford, CT.
Through our involvement in FRC and VRC, we introduce and inspire students to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Mentors from a wide variety of fields including teaching, engineering (mechanical, electrical, robotics), computer science, machinists, technicians, business executives and more, teach students relevant real-world experience and applications.
We've also built strong relationships with our local school district, businesses and organizations to help provide our students the best possible experience; these sponsors are crucial to our long-term success.
Recent graduates from our program have won over quarter million dollars in scholarships, and have gone onto a variety of careers in STEM fields.