STEM Award

Dean Kamen, D.Sc.

2015 AIMBE Excellence in STEM Education Award

Founder, FIRST, For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology
President, DEKA Research and Development Corporation

Dean Kamen has been named winner of AIMBE’s STEM Educational Award for his leadership of the incredibly impactful and widely-recognized FIRST robotics competition, which has included biomedical engineering challenges in its year-to-year competitions. Overall, this collaboration has served to make role models of engineers for hundreds of thousands of U.S. children of all ages, as they compete with their robotic designs and learn about biomedical and other STEM research and teamwork in the process.

Dean Kamen is an inventor, an entrepreneur, and a tireless advocate for science and technology. His roles as inventor and advocate are intertwined—his own passion for technology and its practical uses has driven his personal determination to spread the word about technology’s virtues and by so doing to change the culture of the United States.

Kamen holds more than 440 U.S. and foreign patents. He invented the first wearable infusion pump and founded the company AutoSyringe, Inc. to manufacture and market the pumps. At age 30, he sold that company to Baxter Healthcare Corporation.

Following the sale of AutoSyringe, Inc., he founded DEKA Research & Development Corporation to develop internally generated inventions as well as to provide research and development for major corporate clients. Kamen led DEKA’s development of the HomeChoiceTM peritoneal dialysis system for Baxter International Inc. Kamen also led the development of technology to improve slide preparation for the CYTYC (now Hologic Inc.) ThinPrep® Pap Test. Kamen-led DEKA teams have also developed critical components of the UVARTM XTSTM System, an extracorporeal photophereisis device marketed by Therakos, a unit of Johnson & Johnson, for treatment of T-Cell lymphoma. An advanced prosthetic arm in development for DARPA should advance the quality of life for returning injured soldiers. Other notable developments include the HydroflexTM surgical irrigation pump for C.R. Bard, the CrownTM stent, an improvement to the original Palmaz-Schatz stent, for Johnson & Johnson, the iBOTTM mobility device, and the Segway® Human Transporter.

Kamen was awarded the National Medal of Technology as well as the Lemelson-MIT Prize. He was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in May 2005. He is a Fellow of AIMBE and has been a member of the National Academy of Engineering since 1997.

Medtronic, Inc.

2013 AIMBE Excellence in STEM Education Award

Medtronic has been named winner of the organization’s first STEM Educational Award for their work promoting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) education in the United States. The award was created in response to President Obama’s call to place much greater emphasis on STEM education during his recent Educate to Innovate call for reforms, and designed to recognize significant contributions to that effort.

As the global leader in medical technology, Medtronic employs more than 9,000 scientists, engineers and medical professionals devoted to finding innovative, life-saving solutions to many of today’s major chronic diseases, making future innovators in STEM subjects core to their continued success and the improved health of the world. “From the voices of so many come the quiet actions of Medtronic that distinguishes their leadership in America’s innovation and competitiveness. AIMBE is providing this first STEM award to Medtronic in recognition that STEM is more than a acronym at Medtronic, but a vision of a great company in support of a great national need,” wrote Raphael C. Lee, President of AIMBE, when announcing the award. Medtronic’s employees are actively engaged in
33 professional organizations and in youth-related outreach efforts. Additionally, the Medtronic Foundation has
a history of supporting programs that help ensure access to quality STEM education, including strategic partnerships with national organizations such as Teach for America, Science Buddies, Change the Equation, 50CAN, and FIRST Robotics. Additionally, the Medtronic Foundation has published Science Matters, a free family science guide for parents and teachers.

Award History

The AIMBE STEM Award for Excellence in STEM Education was inspired from President Barack Obama’s Educate to Innovate Iniative to move American students from the middle to the top of the pack in science and math achievement over the next decade. The campaign called upon not only of the Federal Government, but also leading companies, foundations, non-profits, and science and engineering societies.

As the consistent, authoritative voice and advocate for medical and biological engineering’s value to society, AIMBE was in a unique position to promote the efforts of Industry in STEM education. After an exhaustive search and review, AIMBE was proud to announce the awarding of the first annual STEM Educational Award winner to Medtronic, Inc., for their work in promoting and spreading STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) throughout the United States.

Medtronic, Inc. was an early leader in the promotion of STEM education. In fact, the Medtronic Mission statement from 1960 places good citizenship as a central tenet of their role as a company. In this light, the Medtronic Foundation was created in 1978 and places STEM education, with an emphasis on ensuring access to quality STEM education for underrepresented students as one of their three central missions.

The Medtronic Foundation channels their efforts through both strategic partnerships with national organizations such as Teach for America, Science Buddies, Change the Equation, 50CAN, and FIRST Robotics; innovative grant programs including Science Matters Magazine, a free family science guide for parents, caregivers and teachers designed as a complement to science exploration; and STEM education, education reform, and community grants all designed to maximize their impact.

AIMBE established the STEM Award for Excellence in Education in 2012 to commend our industry partners in their work towards promotion and access to quality STEM education that will lead to the future leaders in our community. We hope to inspire our corporate partners to do even more and follow the lead of such dedicated companies such as Medtronic.