GOing Conference Audios: Part 5
By EV World
This week, we feature addresses by Dean Kamen, the inventor of the Segway Transporter -- among many other inventions -- and Jeff Morales, the former head of CALTRANS. Kamen -- a native New Yorker with an attitude to match -- gives his acerbic perspective on how traffic got to be the mess it is and how we might go about solving the problem, which naturally enough includes his 12 mph, two-wheeled, electrically-powered Transporter.
Morales, who headed CALTRANS, shares some of the results of London's congestion mitigation efforts, which include reducing air pollution, increasing the use of public transit and netting the city some £50 million annual from its £5 congestion charge.
In order to listen to Kamen's and Morales' presentation, subscribers should click the play button on our Flash-based MP3 Player at the right or download the files to their hard drives and play them on their favorite MP3 device. EV World also wishes to thank the organizers of the GOing conference for permission to make these speeches available to our readers and listeners.
President, DEKA / Chairman, Segway, LLC
Founder, Segway LLC. and holder of more than 150 U.S. and foreign patents related to medical devices, climate control systems, and helicopter design, Kamen is an inventor whose rebellion against convention has consistently yielded smart solutions. As a high school student, he developed an audio-visual control system that was used in New York's Hayden Planetarium. While in college, his brother -- then a medical student -- told him how difficult it was to administer intravenous drugs to cancer patients and diabetics. Kamen though about it and invented a portable infusion pump, enabling these patients to receive their medication without being confined to a hospital bed.
Kamen built on this success to form DEKA Research & Development, where he and his team went on to solve a wide range of medical problems, They designed a portable dialysis machine the size of a VCR to replace one larger than a dishwasher. (Editor's Note: My son once used one of Kamen's early home dialysis units before receiving a kidney transplant in 1986). They created a vascular stent that provides arterial support during angioplasty procedures. Then came the IBOT Mobility System, a balancing aid for people confined to wheechairs that gives them new freedom while raising them to eye level with the rest of the world.
Kamen is now focused on the problem water purificant in the Third World and has an small, air-conditioner sized device that can supply a village with pure water from virtually any polluted source.
Vice-President, Parsons Brinckerhoff
Senior VP, Parsons Brinckerhoff and former director of the California Department of Transportation (CALTRANS), "Jeff Morales is an expert in strategic planning and program implementation and is widely recognized for developing innovative policies and practices..." said Michael Schneider, PB's executive vice president and chairman of PB Consult. Mr. Morales is responsible for advising PB's clients in the areas of transportation policy, strategic planning and program implementation. Serving as director of CALTRANS from June 2000, Mr. Morales led the nation's largest state transportation agency with over 23,000 employees statewide. He was responsible for implementing California's largest-ever transportation investment program, encompassing $10 billion of highway, transit and rail improvements.
Prior to joining CALTRANS, Mr. Morales was executive vice president of the Chicago Transit Authority. He previously served as a senior staff member of Vice President Al Gore's task force to improve the management and performance of the federal government and was an issues director for the White House Commission on Aviation Safety & Security during the Clinton Administration. Mr. Morales also served as special assistant and policy advisor to U.S. Secretary of Transportation Federico Pena from 1993 to 1995, and was an aide to U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg from 1983 to 1993.
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