According to a recent advertisement named Nov 03 making its rounds on YouTube (I saw it today attached to another video I wanted to watch), a college student named Martin from Fairbanks, Alaska was expelled after developing EcoHeat, a "device that can heat a room 90% cheaper than traditional heating methods" and refusing to sell to "a heating company" that offered "millions" for the rights. According to the video, he was expelled "three days later" subsequent to refusing to sell the rights to his invention.
I'm actually very skeptical of the underlying technology, and also note that the video never actually claims that Martin's expulsion was due to refusing to sell and not another reason such as plagiarism or selling drugs on campus, but I think it is a very specific and verifiable claim and one that implies that US colleges have no tolerance for students who innovate and refuse to sell to industry.
Was a college student from Fairbanks, Alaska expelled from college three days after refusing to sell a heating invention that showed a 90% reduction in heating costs?
While I do have some interest in the accuracy of the 90% savings claim (which, given the ambiguity over the nature of "traditional heating methods", could be interpreted as giving a significant or notable cost savings), I'm more interested in Martin's story - whether he actually exists, is actually from Fairbanks as claimed, did invent a heating product or technology, and was expelled from college under the conditions described in the ad. If the story as presented in the advertisement is true, I should be able to find a reference to Martin's patent or a mention in the mainstream media of his expulsion from college three days after refusing to sell his invention to industry, but I cannot find either.
If Martin made his heating discovery as part of participation in an industry-funded research grant obligating him to give the rights to the discovery to the originator of the grant funds and his expulsion was a result of noncompliance with the terms of the grant (e.g. by attempting to prevent them from taking possession of the device's blueprints), that's an answer!