Dean Kamen, inventor, entrepreneur and an advocate for science
and technology, will be the keynote speaker at RIT's 2006 Academic
Convocation, part of the university's 121st Commencement.
Kamen, who holds more than 150 U.S. and foreign patents, invented
the first wearable infusion pump. In 1976, he founded AutoSyringe,
Inc., to manufacture and market the pumps. At age 30, he sold
that company and founded DEKA Research & Development Corp.
He is the creator of FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of
Science and Technology), a technology competition that teams
professional engineers with high school students from across the
country. RIT has hosted a regional FIRST championship for the past
Kamen will receive an honorary degree during the convocation ceremony,
which takes place at 4 p.m.on Friday, May 26, in the Gordon Field
House and Activities Center.