on this planet, and your education
is the most valuable resource anybody can have."
Kamen continued, "Rather than seeing your education as a
privilege that will help you get whatever you desire, I hope you
will carry this education as a responsibility. The four billion
people who need clean water, and haven't received this education,
do not have the tools, the resources or the potential to fix their
own problems, let alone the problems of the world. So, who will fix
the world? It is going to be you. Or, it isn't going to get
Earlier in the month, during his videoconference, Kamen
discussed a variety of issues-world trade, robotics, and his own
innovative process. He explained how medical/biomedical engineering
is ripe for innovation to meet future challenges.
"It has never been a better time for what we know and what
we need (in healthcare)," he passionately told the students.
"Applying engineering to healthcare is a great value. The real
challenge … is not only to find ways to keep supplying new miracles
but to make better solutions that are also cheaper."
Kamen has a lot in common with the young people spread
across the audiences that he addressed during the two events.
a college undergraduate, he invented
the first wearable infusion pump, which rapidly gained acceptance
in such diverse medical specialties as chemotherapy, neonatology,
and endocrinology. In 1976, he founded AutoSyringe Inc., a medical
device company, to manufacture and market the pumps. By age 30, the
company was acquired by Baxter Healthcare Corporation and had added
a number of other infusion devices, including the first wearable
insulin pump for diabetics.
Today, Kamen is named on more than 440 U.S. patents
covering medical devices, hybrid cars, robotic prostheses, and
water filtration. He gained international recognition as the
inventor of the Segwaytm, the unique, selfbalancing, two-wheeled
personal mobility device popular with police and security patrols.
His company, DEKA Research & Development Corporation, provides
one of the world's best research and development teams to produce
original solutions for the world's problems. DEKA has allowed Kamen
to devote his life to doing "exciting stuff."
And, he's hoping Rose-Hulman students-past, present, and
future- will join in his journey of discovery and