The inaugural SIM Foundation V.I.P Networking Reception is a premier night for the national SIM community to gather with an exemplary group of senior leaders and give back to our communities. This evening reception will include a keynote from Dean Kamen the founder of FIRST Robotics and a prolific inventor, entrepreneur, and tireless advocate for science and technology, will deliver a keynote address..
Dean Kamen, Founder, FIRST
Dean Kamen is an inventor, an entrepreneur, and a tireless advocate for science and technology. His roles as inventor and advocate are intertwined—his own passion for technology and its practical uses has driven his personal determination to spread the word about technology’s virtues and by so doing to change the culture of the United States.
As an inventor, he holds more than 440 U.S. and foreign patents, many of them for innovative medical devices that have expanded the frontiers of health care worldwide. While still a college undergraduate, he invented the first wearable infusion pump, which rapidly gained acceptance from such diverse medical specialties as oncology, neonatology, and endocrinology.
Kamen has received many awards for his efforts. Notably, Kamen was awarded the National Medal of Technology in 2000. Presented by President Clinton, this award was in recognition for inventions that have advanced medical care worldwide, and for innovative and imaginative leadership in awakening America to the excitement of science and technology.
Kamen founded FIRST® in 1989. This year, the organization will serve more than 1,000,000 young people, ages 6 to 18, in more than 86 countries around the globe.