SMU’s Hunter and Stephanie Hunt Institute for Engineering and Humanity will present its inaugural Visionary Award to Dean Kamen, the humanitarian inventor behind the Segway human transporter and other technological breakthroughs, including devices helping those in the developing world.
Kamen will be honored at a dinner on Wednesday, April 13, during the University’s 2011 Engineering & Humanity Week – a series of events focused on free-market solutions for those living in extreme poverty. Speakers, panels, films and exhibits from around the globe as well as experiential learning opportunities will take place on campus under the theme, “Redefining What’s Possible.”
“We are honoring Dean Kamen for his success, his vision and his support in training a new generation of engineers who are committed to meeting the challenges of the developing world,” said Hunter L. Hunt, who with his wife, Stephanie, founded the Hunt Institute to help find solutions to the most pressing problems of the impoverished.
Currently, Kamen is working to perfect a nonpolluting, low-power water-purifying system, as well as solar-powered devices designed for use in underdeveloped countries. The inventor holds more than 440 U.S. and foreign patents, many for innovative medical devices that have expanded the frontiers of health care worldwide.