Dean Kamen, CEO of DEKA Research & Development Corporation, is an inventor, entrepreneur, and tireless advocate for science and technology. As an inventor, he has been issued approximately 1,000 U.S. and foreign patents, many of them for innovative medical devices that have expanded the frontiers of health care worldwide. Kamen has received many awards for his efforts, including the National Medal of Technology and the Lemelson-MIT Prize. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the National Inventors Hall of Fame. In addition to DEKA, one his proudest accomplishments is founding FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), an organization dedicated to motivating the next generation to understand, use, and enjoy science and technology. Founded in 1989, this year FIRST® will serve more than 1 million young people between the ages of 6 and 18 in more than 80 countries.