campus videoconference and visit to present this year's
commencement address convinced innovator extraordinaire Dean Kamen
that Rose-Hulman is his kind of place-inspiring young people to use
their problem-solving skills in significant ways.
"Rose-Hulman is a true partner in my mission to help young
people become scientists and engineers," he says.
Kamen is not only one of the most innovative minds of his
generation, he is also a dedicated supporter of science,
engineering, and mathematics education in the world. As the founder
of FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of
Science and Technology) robotics program, he is responsible for
setting more young people on the path to becoming engineers and
scientists than perhaps any other individual.
Several of those latest disciples filled a Rose-Hulman
classroom in early May to extract nuggets of Kamen's wisdom and
advice during an hour-long videoconference. Then, nearly three
weeks later, thousands filled the fieldhouse and were inspired by
Kamen's commencement address. He also became the latest successful
entrepreneur to receive a Rose- Hulman honorary doctorate
Kamen took advantage of these encounters to enlist students to join
him in saving the world, stating, "I am shamelessly recruiting
every smart person in the room."
He laid down a specific challenge in his address: "Half of
the world's four billion people lack access to clean water. Others
can't get access to those simple measures that could provide a
"For each one of you, there are approximately 10 million
individuals who need your help," Kamen told our newest alumni
group. "You are among the tiniest group of the most privileged