A campus videoconference and visit to present this year's commencement address convinced innovator extraordinaire Dean Kamen that Rose-Hulman is his kind of place-inspiring young people to use their problem-solving skills in significant ways.
  "Rose-Hulman is a true partner in my mission to help young people become scientists and engineers," he says.
  Kamen is not only one of the most innovative minds of his generation, he is also a dedicated supporter of science, engineering, and mathematics education in the world. As the founder of FIRSTĀ® (For Inspiration and Recognition of
Science and Technology) robotics program, he is responsible for setting more young people on the path to becoming engineers and scientists than perhaps any other individual.
  Several of those latest disciples filled a Rose-Hulman classroom in early May to extract nuggets of Kamen's wisdom and advice during an hour-long videoconference. Then, nearly three weeks later, thousands filled the fieldhouse and were inspired by Kamen's commencement address. He also became the latest successful entrepreneur to receive a Rose- Hulman honorary doctorate degree.
Kamen took advantage of these encounters to enlist students to join him in saving the world, stating, "I am shamelessly recruiting every smart person in the room."
  He laid down a specific challenge in his address: "Half of the world's four billion people lack access to clean water. Others can't get access to those simple measures that could provide a healthy life.
  "For each one of you, there are approximately 10 million individuals who need your help," Kamen told our newest alumni group. "You are among the tiniest group of the most privileged minority