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Nate Ball

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“I like to push limits. I like to do stuff that’s big and fast and explodes.”


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Nate Ball is a mechanical engineer who invented ‘The Ascender,’ a rope-climbing device used by soldiers and rescue workers.


Nate is a daredevil.  He free-runs up walls and trees because he loves the thrill of doing something scary… and succeeding.

Inventing the Ascender

Nate Ball uses a spectacular failure to learn how to build a life-saving device.

Secret: Free Runner

Nate Ball runs up walls, flips himself backwards, and eventually lands on his feet.

30 Second Science with Nate Ball

We give Nate Ball 30 seconds to describe his science and he says "Maybe I can give it another shot."

10 Questions for Nate Ball

We ask Nate Ball 10 questions and find out why he likes Iron Man.

Blog Posts

Nate’s on the Teevee Machine
The Zen of Back Flips
Ask Nate Your Questions


About Nate Ball

Nate is a mechanical engineer and inventor. He is Co-Founder and Chief Technical Officer of the company Atlas Devices.

Original funding for "The Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers" was provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.