A Current Leader at a Distance: Dean Kamen Dean Kamen is an inventor, physicist, philanthropist, and overall big thinker. The Segway personal transporter is a two-wheeled, self-balancing electric vehicle invented by Dean Kamen. Its philosophy is expressed by the organization as coopertition and gracious professionalism . He won the Popular Mechanics 2009 Leadership Award for both his contributions to medical technology and his work to popularize engineering in the American culture. What was once a mysterious invention created by Dean Kamen — which had everyone speculating as to what it was — is now known as the Segway Human Transporter, the first self-balancing, electric-powered transportation machine. 7 Mr. Kamen primarily serves as a leader for two organizations that he founded. At the most basic level The FIRST Robotics Competition, founded by inventor Dean Kamen, looks to the future by developing the next generation of the world’s engineers. Dean Kamen is one of the most influential faces in the world of science and technology. Many of the students at FIRST go on to work at very influential titans of technology, or at future oriented organizations such as NASA. Dean Kamen on his invention, the Segway Human Transporter Dean Kamen wants to change the face of science and technology. Born in New York, Dean’s interest in science and technology started in high school when he started building projects in his father’s basement. Segway designs, develops, and manufactures personal electric transportation devices for consumers and businesses. Kamen founded the not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) public charity, FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), in 1989 to inspire young people to pursue opportunities in STEM fields. One of Dean’s first inventions was an electric lighting system that he later sold to a museum. Founded by Dean Kamen and Woodie Flowers in 1989, its expressed goal is to develop ways to inspire students in engineering and technology fields. The Segway Human Transporter is a personal transport device that uses five gyroscopes and a built-in computer to remain upright. Or at least the attitude surrounding it.