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Dean Kamen
Dean Kamen

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 two years.

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.