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The Lindbergh Foundation Believes that Innovative Science and Technology Hold the Key to Addressing Humanity’s Environmental and Productivity Challenges

Dean Kamen (2011)

Award Presented at Sun 'n Fun, Lakeland, FL

Dean Kamen Dean Kamen was selected to receive the 2011 Lindbergh Award for his lifelong dedication to helping people lead better lives through breakthrough medical innovations, such as the insulin pump.  The Lindbergh Foundation Board was also impressed by his encouragement of young people to consider a future as science and technology leaders, as well as his work on energy and water purification projects.

Bio

As an inventor and physicist, Dean Kamen has dedicated his life to developing technologies that help people lead better lives. As an inventor, he holds more than 440 U.S. and foreign patents, many of them for innovative medical devices that have expanded the frontiers of health care worldwide. While still a college undergraduate, he invented the automatic, self-contained ambulatory pump designed to deliver precise doses of medication to patients with a variety of medical conditions. In 1976 he founded AutoSyringe, Inc., to manufacture and market the pumps. At age 30, he sold that company to Baxter International Corporation. By then, he had developed a number of other infusion devices, including the first wearable insulin pump for diabetics. Following the sale of AutoSyringe, Inc., he founded DEKA Research & Development Corporation to develop internally generated inventions, as well as to provide R&D for major corporate clients.

The array of products and technologies invented and developed by Dean and the engineering team at DEKA is extremely broad. Some examples of notable breakthrough medical devices invented and developed by DEKA are the HomeChoice™ portable dialysis machine, marketed by Baxter Healthcare and the iBOT™ Mobility System, a sophisticated mobility aid developed for Johnson & Johnson. DEKA’s other projects include: a DARPA-funded robotic arm project intended to restore functionality for individuals with upper extremity amputations; a new and improved Stirling engine intended to convert almost any fuel into electrical power and clean heat as part of a system that is clean, quiet, easy to use and easy to maintain with a long operating life; new water purification technology intended to convert almost any source water into safe drinking water; and many others. Dean is also widely recognized as the inventor of the Segway™ Human Transporter, which was designed to provide a clean alternative for short distance travel and enhance people’s productivity.

Among Dean’s 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. In 2010, its flagship program, the FIRST Robotics Competition, will reach more than 45,000 high-school students on more than 1,800 teams in 43 regional competitions, seven district competitions, and one national championship. The FIRST Robotics Competition teams professionals and young people to solve an engineering design problem in an intense and competitive way. In 1998, the FIRST LEGO League was created for children ages 9-14. Similar to the FIRST Robotics Competition, these young participants build a robot and compete in an event designed for their age group. In the 2009/10 season, over 147,000 children participated in 56 countries. FIRST also offers the Junior FIRST LEGO League for 6 to 9 year-olds and the FIRST Tech Challenge, which provides high-school-aged students with a hands-on learning experience to develop and hone their skills and abilities in science and technology.

Dean has received numerous awards and accolades including the Heinz Award in Technology, the Economy and Employment in 1998, the National Medal of Technology from President Clinton in 2000, the Lemelson-MIT Prize in 2002 for Invention and Innovation, the United Nations Association of the USA Global Humanitarian Action Award in 2006, the American Society of Manufacturing Engineers Medal in 2007, the 2008 LEGO Prize, the 2009 Committee for Economic Development Public Policy Award and honorary degrees from more than 25 colleges and universities. Dean was inducted into The National Inventors Hall of Fame in May 2005

Press Releases

2012

Lindbergh Award Event

1/19/12 - Lindbergh Foundation Announces Lindbergh Awardees

General

10/30/12 - Lindbergh Foundation Announces AGA Awareness Campaign

10/30/12 - Lindbergh Foundation Announces Aviation Partners Boeing as Corporate Awardee

4/20/12 - BRS Aerospace Joins Aviation Green Alliance

4/20/12 - Lindbergh Prize for Innovation Given to e-volo

BRS Aerospace Joins Aviation Green Alliance
as a Founding MemberBRS Aerospace Joins Aviation Green Allianceas a Founding Member

3/28/12 - Sikorsky Joins Aviation Green Alliance

3/27/12 - Lindbergh Foundation Celebrates 35th Anniversary with Astronauts Armstrong, Lovell & Cernan
2/15/12 - FedEx Corporation Joins Aviation Green Alliance

2011

General
11/08/11 - Pribyl and Stangarone Join Lindbergh Foundation Board of Directors
10/10/11 - Jeppesen Joins Aviation Green Alliance
4/04/11 - Lindbergh Foundation Announces First Aviation Green Alliance Founder
3/30/11 - Walsh and Koenig Join Lindbergh Foundation Board of Directors
2/03/11 - Lindbergh Foundation to Lead Aviation Green Alliance

Lindbergh Award Event
3/28/11 - WASPs and Astronaut to Attend Lindbergh Award Celebration
2/14/11 - Lindbergh Foundation Announces Winners of 34th Annual Awards

2010

General
11/04/10 - Lindbergh Foundation Sponsors Forum at AOPA
8/26/2010 - Lindbergh Grant Awarded to Stephanie Mixson - Project Focuses on Saltwater Algae as Biofuel Source
7/29/10 - Lindbergh Foundation Named as Beneficiary of Lightspeed Aviation Foundation
7/26/10 - Sean Tucker and Kermit Weeks Join Lindbergh Foundation Board
4/13/10 - Lindbergh Foundation Announces 2010 Lindbergh Grant Recipients
2/18/10 - News Release - Lindbergh Foundation Donates Airplane to Kenya Wildlife Service

Lindbergh Award Event
4/09/10 - Turn Tax-Day Blues into Aviation Green During Lindbergh Foundation Day at Sun ‘n Fun
4/06/10 - African Safari, Aerobatics, & the Kings -- Oh, My!  Bidding for Lindbergh Foundation On-Line Auction Begins
3/11/10 - Jack Pelton and FedEx to Receive Lindbergh Awards

2009

General
11/05/09 - Press Release - Lindbergh Foundation Partners with Rich Sugden to Donate Husky to Kenya Wildlife Service
10/06/09 - Larry Williams Elected Chairman/President & CEO
06/15/09 - Spirit of St. Louis Rides Create Memories
06/03/09 - Kate Dougherty Joins Lindbergh Foundation Board of Directors
04/22/09 - Lindbergh Foundation Announces 2009 Lindbergh Grant Recipients at Sun 'n Fun
04/17/09 - Lindbergh Foundation to Premiere New Film at Sun 'n Fun -- Over Africa! Low and Slow

Lindbergh Award Event
04/21/09 - Terry and Mary Kohler to Receive Lindbergh Award
04/08/09 - The Spirit Flies Again Through the Lindbergh Foundation's On-Line Silent Auction
02/04/09 - Lindbergh Foundation Announces 2009 Lindbergh Awardees: Lester Brown and Terry and Mary Kohler

2008

General
10/2/08 - Technology and Innovation are Key to Making Aviation Safe, Enjoyable & More Fuel Efficient
9/15/08 - Lindbergh Foundation Announces Featured Speakers for "Spectrum of Aviaition" Hangar Party
9/12/08 - Lindbergh-Lycoming Aviation Grant Applications Accepted Until Oct. 30
9/08/08 - Lindbergh Foundation to Hold "Spectrum of Aviation" Hangar Party
7/30/08 - Stanford Financial Group Joins Aviation Green Investment Program

EAA Announcements
8/04/08 - Lindbergh Foundation Partners with the Patty Wagstaff/Kenya Wildlife Service
7/31/08 - Lindbergh-Lycoming Grant Awarded to Ganesh Raman
7/29/08 - Lindbergh Foundation and Orvis Announce Aviation-Themed Clothing Line
7/28/08 - Lindbergh-Lycoming Grant Applications Accepted until October 30

Lindbergh Award Event
06/12/08 - Lindbergh Awardees Focus on Environmental Stewardship and "Going Green"
04/30/08 - Lindbergh Foundation Offers Rare Collectibles and Aviation Activities in Global Online Auction
02/12/08 - Ted Turner and The Jacoby Group to Receive Lindbergh Awards

2007

General
12/06/07 - Aviation Green Investment Program Announced
11/27/07 - Larry Williams, President of BRS, Inc., Joins Board
10/09/07 - John King Elected to serve as Chairman of the Board

NBAA Announcements

09/26/07 - Linden Blue Joins Foundation Board; "Lindbergh Partners" Program and Other New Board members Announced; Ed Bolen Recognized for NBAA Chairities Gift

EAA Announcements
07/25/07 - Lindbergh-Lycoming Grant Award to Thomas Ehresman
07/25/07 - Lindbergh-Lycoming Grant Partnership Set for a Third Year
07/25/07 - First Lindbergh-Lycoming Grant Recipient Reports Significant Progress
07/25/07 - Lindbergh-Lycoming Grant Applications Accepted Until Nov. 1

Lindbergh Award Event
02/13/07 - Lindbergh Foundation to Honor Fay, Cernan and Susanka
04/17/07 - Lindbergh Award Celebration Honors Dr. Fay, Cernan and Susanka; Google to Receive Corporate Award for Balance; Silent Auction and Book Signing Also Planned
06/08/07 - Four Lindbergh Awardees Reflect on Living Life on Earth

2006

Lindbergh Award Event
1/31/06 - Foundation Presents Lindbergh Award to Peter Diamandis and Will Steger
5/16/06 - Patagonia, Inc. Receives First-Ever Corporate Award for Balance
6/14/06 - Aviation and the Environment Find Common Ground

Grants Program

7/28/06 - Lindbergh-Lycoming Grant Established

2005

Minnesota Events
6/9/05 - Burt Rutan and Other Aviation Legends Inspire Crowd
2/14/05 - Lindbergh Foundation to Host Two Events in Minnesota

News Release - Lindbergh Foundation Donates Airplane to Kenya Wildlife Service

2004

General
11/3/04 - Historic Space Flight Unites Past and Present

 
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Foundation Background

The Lindbergh Foundation is a public non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, based in Minnesota, which supports great innovations that foster the environment to keep the planet in balance.

The Lindbergh Foundation accomplishes its mission through three major programs:

The Lindbergh Award ~ Annually, the Foundation presents its honorary Lindbergh Award for individuals who have made significant contributions toward the balance between technology and the environment, in their work.
Lindbergh Grants ~ in amounts up to $10,580 (the cost of building the Spirit of St. Louis in 1927), are given to individuals whose proposed research or education projects will make important contributions to the technology/environment balance;
Educational Programs and Publications ~ centered on the balance theme.

One of the Lindbergh Foundation’s core values is to honor individual initiative and accomplishment in researchers, scientists, and explorers. In doing so, the Lindberghs, who were each outstanding individual contributors to society – through aviation, writing, and environmental conservation, are also honored. Unquestionably, Charles Lindbergh is best known for his historic New York-to-Paris flight in the Spirit of St. Louis. It is much less known that the Lindberghs held a unique perspective on the Earth stemming from Charles’ boyhood growing up on the banks of the Mississippi River outside Little Falls, Minn., his barnstorming days in the early 1920s, and the survey flights around the world he and Anne pioneered in the 1930s. Over the years, the Lindberghs witnessed enormous changes in the land, sky and water in the name of progress. Their concern for the environment became the basis upon which the Foundation was established.

Friends of the Lindberghs at The Explorers Club in New York City established the organization in 1977 (the 50th anniversary year of Charles Lindbergh’s historic New York-to-Paris flight). General James H. Doolittle and Astronaut Neil Armstrong led the national fund raising campaign for the fledgling organization.

Fact Sheets

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Grants Program Fact Sheet (pdf)
Award Program Fact Sheet (pdf)

 

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