Speaker – Roger Faulkner

About Roger Faulkner…

I am an inventor primarily. I am also a chemical engineer, polymer scientist, and entrepreneur living with ALS. The Conformal Vest Ventilator (CVV) is something I invented because I need it. The CVV allows for natural breathing by substituting for my paralyzed diaphragm muscles. This is far more natural than having air blown into my lungs by a positive pressure ventilator. The CVV doesn’t require something sticking in my face, such as a breathing tube or a nasal pillow.

I have spent a decade of my life working on the supergrid concept through my company Electric Pipeline Corporation. I obtained worldwide patents on two key supergrid enabling inventions: the elpipe and the Ballistic Breaker. I no longer control those patents which I assigned to a startup company in return for stock; They went bankrupt and my patents are now held by a Swiss company.

Since I came down with ALS, I have put some effort into understanding the disease and developing theories about what to do for novel treatments. One of those innovations is the CVV, I am also trying to help others start living in a wheelchair through various internet platforms such as Twitch, Patreon, and YouTube under the handle “”livinginawheelchair.”

 

Learn more about Roger’s Talk…

Title: Living Normally Through Machine Breathing

Description: I am an inventor living with ALS; because my diaphragm muscle is paralyzed, I must have 24/7 respiratory support. Existing respirators are literally in your face, interfering with normal human interactions and setting one apart. My Conformal Vest Ventilator (CVV) allows normal breathing without anything sticking in one’s face.

What do you want people to learn from your talk? It is possible to remain productive even in the face of a dreadful disease.

What action items do you want people to take away from your talk? One should consider the unconscious ways we allow medical conditions to segregate us.

 

Learn more about Roger…

Where is your hometown? Davidson

What are your hobbies? Inventing, Writing Science-Fiction, Spending time with my son, Political Activism aimed at Dealing with Climate Change, I used to love to dance but I can’t do that anymore.

What are you passionate about? I care about my children’s children and the world they will inherit.

What draws you to Charlotte? I came here originally to be VP of R&D at Alevo in Concord. They were developing a very innovative lithium-ion battery but we also made a deal in which I exchanged two of my inventions for startup stock. I came to love the area and my son is in a wonderful school in Davidson.

What is the best compliment you’ve received? I’ve had two people visit my Twitch channel to let me know they were planning to commit suicide and they changed their minds because they saw what I was doing with my life in spite of my ALS.

What do you want to be remembered for? I very much hope my biggest invention, the elpipe, will lead to a practical supergrid which is the most important technology to getting us off our addiction to fossil fuels. Smaller inventions like the CVV that will help some people live better are important as well.

How do you push the boundaries? I ran for the US Senate in the Wisconsin Republican Primary in 1992, getting 20% of the vote (more than 50,000 votes) starting from being a complete unknown but having some very intelligent points of view. In general, I do not accept my own insignificance.

What does your happy place look like? Being in the midst of a loving family. The kind of glow that I get after a new invention, or after completing a scientific paper or a science fiction story.

What is one thing that you would like to share that is unknown about you? I wear my heart on my sleeve, so that’s a tough one.

Where do you see Charlotte in 5 years? I would like to see Charlotte become a hub for medical technology and especially assistive technology.

 

The most important questions…

What animal will be our future overlords? The Vulkans