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Famed inventor kicks off College of Engineering's 50th anniversary

News Release — 26 August 2009

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Media contact: Herb Booth, (817) 272-7075, hbooth@uta.edu

ARLINGTON - Whether it's promoting one of his latest inventions or his determined advocacy for science and technology, Dean Kamen embodies what is meant by inventor and entrepreneur.

Kamen will talk about his life's work at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, in the Lone Star Auditorium at the Maverick Activities Center, 550 W. Nedderman Drive, on The University of Texas at Arlington campus.

The inventor's speech, which is free and open to the public, is one of the kickoff events of the College of Engineering's 50th anniversary.

Kamen may be best known for inventing the Segway, a personal transporter. But he also is inventor of the first insulin pump for diabetics and the iBOT, a mobility system capable of climbing stairs, as well as numerous other medical devices.

Kamen founded New Hampshire-based DEKA Research & Development Corp. to develop internally generated inventions and provide research and development services for major corporate clients.
 
In 1989, he founded FIRST, or For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, an organization dedicated to motivating the next generation to understand, use and enjoy science and technology. FIRST creates and coordinates robotics competitions across the nation. The competitions attract more than 150,000 participants. UT Arlington's College of Engineering hosts the Southwest Regional Competitions of the FIRST Tech Challenge for high school students.

Kamen has received many awards in technology, including the National Medal of Technology from President Clinton in 2000. He also is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2005.

UT Arlington's College of Engineering offers one of the most comprehensive engineering programs in the nation. The college's eight baccalaureate, 13 master's and nine doctoral degree programs serve about 3,500 students a year, making it the fourth largest engineering college in Texas.

With more than 21,000 alumni, the college provides the local, regional and national workforce with motivated and highly skilled graduates. Engineering research expenditures in the past year grew to more than $40 million. The University has opened a $22 million, 27,000-square-foot expansion of its Engineering Laboratory Building this fall and will open a $116 million, 230,000-square-foot Engineering Research Building in early 2011.

With a commitment to creating viable solutions to today's most pressing problems, the College of Engineering is working to propel The University of Texas at Arlington toward its goal of becoming a national research university.

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