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Webinar To Feature FIRST Founder Dean Kamen

Online presentation offers unique opportunity for the design engineering community to interact with one of this generation’s greatest innovators.

(Madison, WI & Edison, NJ) -- On September 20, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. EST, IET Inspec and Automation Federation, along with support from Newark's element14 engineering community and Interpower will present an interactive webinar entitled; Great Minds on Innovation, Featuring Dean Kamen. Along with Kamen, the event will be moderated by Product Design & Development’s editorial director, Jeff Reinke.

Kamen is perhaps best known for his role in founding FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) -- an organization that challenges young people to get more involved in science and technology through various robotics competitions and numerous other related events and activities. However, Kamen’s resume goes far beyond his role in FIRST. He also:

  • Holds several patents for medical devices that have played crucial roles in areas such as insulin delivery.
  • Has developed an inexpensive, portable water purification system that was featured in TIME magazine as one of the coolest inventions of the year.
  • Has worked, via FIRST, with companies such as General Electric, General Motors, BAE Systems, Xerox, Johnson & Johnson and Caterpillar.
  • Was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1997.
  • Received the National Medal of Technology in 2000 from President Clinton.
  • Was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2005.
  • Was awarded the Global Humanitarian Action Award by the United Nations in 2006.
  • Is currently involved in work ranging from Stirling engines to brain-controlled prosthetic limbs.

Simply put, when it comes to pushing the limits of product design through new and innovative thinking, this generation’s best may very well be Dean Kamen. In addition to his presentation, those attending the on-line event will have a chance to submit questions to Kamen via this interactive format.

Registration is available by clicking here.

The event is made possible by the following sponsors:

To register to attend go this unique event and listen to Dean Kamen share insights from his personal road to innovation and world-changing inventions, click here.

About Inspec:

Inspec, produced by the Institution of Engineering and Technology, is the largest English-language bibliographic database covering the fields of physics, electrical and electronic engineering, computing and control, information technology and manufacturing, production and mechanical engineering.  As of June 2011, the database contains 12 million records from 1969 to present; and is supplemented by the Inspec Archive containing 873,700 records from 1898 to 1968. For more information, please visit:

About Automation Federation:

The Automation Federation is an association of leading member organizations providing awareness, programs and services that continually advance the automation profession for the betterment of humanity. The organization is also a close partner with FIRST. More information is available at

About element14

Launched in June 2009, element14 is the first information portal, collaborative community and electronics store specifically built for design engineers. The community recently unveiled its element14 knode, a unique automated platform that enables engineers to quickly research, design, develop and prototype in a single environment. element14 is an innovative offering from Premier Farnell, a leader in multi-channel electronics distribution trading throughout Europe (Farnell), the Americas (Newark) and Asia Pacific (element14).

About Interpower:

Interpower Corporation is the premier supplier of power system components for world wide markets. The company provides a one-week lead time on all non-stock cords, with over four million components in stock. For more information about the company, go to

About Product Design & Development:

Product Design & Development is a 66-year-old publication serving the design engineering marketplace. Part of Advantage Business Media, the property provides solution-based content in the form of in-depth articles and the latest in new product and components via a print magazine, their website and daily e-newsletters. To subscribe or see what’s new, go to