Nathan "Nate" Ball is a mechanical engineer, entrepreneur, TV host, children's author, pole vaulter, and beatboxer.
He was born May 13, 1983 and grew up in Newport, OR. He moved to Boston, MA in 2001 to attend Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he studied mechanical engineering and earned two degrees: a B.S. (2005) and an M.S. (2007).
Nate has served as a host on the PBS Kids show Design Squad since it first aired in 2007. Ball has appeared in an episode of Myth Busters, a History Channel special on Batman technology, in an insurance advertisement, and in a FETCH! with Ruff Ruffman season 4 episode. Nate was also featured on the PBS Nova series The Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers. He is the author of the Alien in my Pocket series of science-adventure chapter books for kids, published by HarperCollins Children's.
In 2005 he co-founded a business to develop the Atlas Powered Ascender, a tool he helped create that enables "reverse rappelling" up vertical surfaces at high speed. He was awarded the Lemelson-MIT Prize in 2007 for his work on the Atlas Powered Ascender, an improved needle-free jet injector system, and his work in engineering outreach with children.
- Nova - Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers: Nate Ball
- Alien in my Pocket Series Homepage
- The Engineer Behind the Atlas Power Ascender: This Is My Job
- Invention Awards: The Flying Belt
- MIT Men's Outdoor Track & Field Varsity Records
- Nathan Ball: 2007 Lemelson-MIT Student Prize Winner
- Powered Rope Ascender and Portable Rope Pulling Device
- Powered Rope Ascender and Portable Rope Pulling Device (continuation of U.S. patent application Ser. No. 11/376,721)
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