Pace University computer school to honor MetLife
information technology executive
Daniel J. Cavanagh with Leadership and Service in Technology Award
Keynote address on science education to be given by Dean Kamen,
inventor of the Segway scooter, president of DEKA Research and Development Corporation
and founder of the FIRST robotics competition
New York, NY – May 12, 2003 – Pace University’s computer school, the School of Computer Science and Information Systems (CSIS), will honor Daniel J. Cavanagh, MetLife executive vice president of operations and technology, with its eighth annual Leadership and Service in Technology Award on June 2 at the Reuters building in Times Square.
Initially awarded in 1996, the Award for Leadership and Service in Technology is presented annually to the individual or company that best exemplifies leadership in the field of technology, innovation in the development and application of technology to serve people, and commitment to community service and education.
Throughout his career, Mr. Cavanagh has championed technology innovation and continues to drive technology solutions that enable MetLife’s businesses. Recently named one of the “Premier 100 IT Leaders” by Computerworld, he is currently in charge of MetLife Operations & Technology, which includes Information Technology, Customer Response Centers, Remittance Processing, and Individual Business Operations. He is also a member of MetLife’s Executive Group, comprised of the top nine leaders of the enterprise.
For the first time since the start of the award presentation, a guest speaker will deliver a keynote address. Dean Kamen, the inventor, president of DEKA Research and Development Corporation, and founder of the FIRST robotics competition will speak on “Educating the Next Generation in Science and Technology.” Kamen’s company developed the Segway person transporter, which has received widespread media attention since it was announced in late 2002.
This presentation and reception is the primary fundraiser for CSIS. All proceeds from the event benefit the CSIS Endowed Scholarship Fund, which helps to make a degree in technology a reality for promising students.
For more information or to register, contact Dr. Jennifer White at (212) 346-1689 or email@example.com.
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Daniel J. Cavanagh, MetLife executive vice president of operations and information technology
Throughout his career, Mr. Cavanagh has championed technology innovation and continues to drive technology solutions that enable MetLife’s businesses. He was recently named one of the “Premier 100 IT Leaders” by Computerworld.
Mr. Cavanagh joined MetLife in 1957 as an insurance trainee in the industrial insurance department. He advanced through positions of increasing responsibility and has led both technology and business organizations. In 1983 he was promoted to senior vice president in charge of information systems. In 1991 he was appointed president of Metropolitan Property and Casualty Insurance Company, and in 1993, its chief executive officer. He has served on its board of directors since 1986. Mr. Cavanagh was appointed executive vice president in March 1999 and is currently in charge of Operations & Technology, which includes Information Technology, Customer Response Centers, Remittance Processing, and Individual Business Operations. He is also a member of MetLife’s Executive Group, comprised of the top nine leaders of the enterprise.
Corporate citizenship and public involvement have been part of the MetLife philosophy since 1909 when MetLife Vice President (and later president) Haley Fiske announced that “insurance, not merely as a business proposition, but as a social program” would be the future policy of the company. This dedication to civic duty has led not only to extraordinary social programs but also to a remarkable commitment to its employees. During the course of his 46-year career with the company, MetLife has provided Mr. Cavanagh with many educational and professional opportunities. As a result, he has dedicated his own career to helping young people realize the opportunities that are available to them in science and technology.
In 1976, MetLife established MetLife Foundation to support health, civic, educational and cultural organizations. Mr. Cavanagh serves on the Foundation’s Board of Directors. In 2002, MetLife and MetLife Foundation contributed $30 million to support children and families, strengthen communities, promote inclusion, improve education and make the arts accessible to all. Among the many programs and activities that benefit young people and families are: The MetLife Survey of the American Teacher; Parent Talk, a parenting skills campaign to help prevent substance abuse; the MetLife Foundation Leverage for Learning Fund which creates after-school Learning Centers in local Boys & Girls Clubs; and Read with Me: The RIF Community Challenge. MetLife Foundation also provides support to Junior Achievement, the National 4-H Council and Girl Scouts of America, among other organizations that foster the positive development of young people. In 1998, Mr. Cavanagh served as United Way Chairperson for the State of Rhode Island. At MetLife, Mr. Cavanagh has for many years sponsored InRoads interns throughout his organization, offering talented minority youth the opportunity to experience work at a large financial institution. In addition, he has fostered the growth of promising young professionals through training, diversity and mentoring programs that promote development and provide opportunity.
Dean Kamen, president of DEKA Research and Development Corporation
As an inventor, Dean Kamen holds more than 150 U.S. and foreign patents, many of them for innovative medical devices such as the wearable infusion pump, a kidney dialysis machine, the Crown Stent, and a personal transporter known as the IBOT that helps disabled people climb stairs, traverse difficult terrain and raise themselves to eye-level so that they can talk and interact with people who are standing. He recently received the $500,000 Lemelson – MIT Prize, the largest single award for invention, and generously donated the entire amount to FIRST – For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology.
FIRST, founded by Kamen a decade ago, is an organization dedicated to motivating students to learn more about science and technology. The organization sponsors the FIRST Robotics Competition which teams professional engineers with high school students across the country. The event impacts thousands of students nationwide, many of them women and minorities from large urban schools.
With the success of the FIRST Robotics Competition, FIRST introduced the FIRST LEGO League (FLL) in 1999 as a means of expanding FIRST’s reach to expose younger children to the science and technology fields. As a result of a partnership between FIRST and the LEGO Company, FLL offers hands-on experience for 9-14 year-old children to explore and invent their own robotic creations. FLL has experienced tremendous growth, reaching more than 25,000 children in the U.S. since its inception.
Plans are underway for Pace to host the next FIRST LEGO League gathering next spring on its Pleasantville campus.