40th Anniversary Reader Contest Winners

Anthony Trent, Avionics Engineer

NASA (Retired)

League City, TX

Years as a Reader: 30+

You might find it strange that someone who actually works for NASA finds NASA Tech Briefs so useful and necessary. Most of my NASA co-workers read or consult NTB. It often helps to see other NASA centers are working on similar projects, but in slightly different ways. NASA is so big that it is difficult to share all the research among all the centers. NTB does this for us. The most helpful thing to my career was the article I authored for NTB. Several other U.S. Government agencies copied the work from the article – a better use of tax dollars than re-inventing the wheel. Several civilian companies or organizations also copied the work, which is giving back to the public from the funds they support us with – their taxes. What better use than that? Do yourself a favor and subscribe. Even though I retired from NASA two years ago, I still subscribe to NTB and read every issue. This is a great way to keep up with technology, and to see what NASA is up to since I left.

Dennis Jettun

Aeronautical/Astronautical Engineer

Fort Worth, TX

Years as a Reader: 15+

I discovered, at a flight test symposium back in 1999 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base that NASA Tech Briefs had a lot of useful information that our space sector had been working with that could be applied or improved upon for our current manufacture of fighter aircraft. Being so fond of these briefs, I thought there must be many projects that go beyond basic aircraft research. After signing up to work on the National Aerospace Plane (NASP) project back in the mid-90s, and working with propulsion applications, I had a chance to sign up for a NASA contract when my employer of 30 years started layoffs in 2007. After joining the Space Shuttle Program in 2008 on special contract to the propulsion problem resolution team, I enjoyed three months before they cancelled the program.

Bonjue Kim

Engineering Manager (retired)

Kearfott

Wayne, NJ

Years as a Reader: 20+

NASA’s technological advances and the new products have encouraged innovations at my engineering endeavor. NASA Tech Briefs has kept me abreast of new ideas in my engineering work in the past 25 years. The proven new ideas, materials, and product knowledge in many aspects of engineering designs were priceless for making sound decisions in developing new products.

Horace Tucker, Assistant QA Manager

Fuji Component Parts

Indianapolis, IN

Years as a Reader: 1+

NASA Tech Briefs published an article years ago about how NASA overcame the problem of attaching ceramic tile to the shuttle by using several layers of epoxy with varying degrees of thermal expansion, thus creating a gradient between the shuttle and the tile. I used this same solution to attach EPDM to steel by creating a gradient with thin layers of bonding agents, each on with a progressively lower modulus of elasticity. At the time, the literature indicated it was not possible to attach EPDM to steel. Fortunately, I read NTB before the literature.

Isaias Alezones

President

365 Productions Inc.

Miami, FL

Years as a Reader: 5+

After a visit to Kennedy Space Center, I pursued a Master’s Degree from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, where I was introduced to NASA Tech Briefs and its valuable information. Today, I am a proud holder of a MAS in Aeronautics, and I have my own business. Furthermore, with the additional information on R&D, products, and suppliers available in NASA Tech Briefs, for the past five years I have combined photography and aviation to design and build my own fixed-wing aerial platforms, and continue to experiment with multi-rotors, tethered balloons, and whatever can fly carrying photo/video devices. Thank you NASA Tech Briefs for your valuable information in fluid dynamics, R&D, technology innovations, and suppliers readily available to your readers.

Jerry Gunn

Engineer

Castle Engineering Inc.

Chicago, IL

Years as a Reader: 30+

NASA Tech Briefs has enhanced the world around me by keeping me up to date on technological developments and stimulating my attempts to design new devices. As I browse through the pages, the articles sometimes send me off on interesting tangents and assist in my recall of past design endeavors. When ideas and technology of the past are merged with the latest technologies presented by NASA Tech Briefs, the impossible may just be possible.

Greg Kwan

Sr. Design Engineer

Vectronix, Inc.

Irvine, CA

Years as a Reader: 20+

One of the first professional magazines I subscribed to was NASA Tech Briefs. I had read a few issues in the university library and thought it had interesting information and was worth filing in the subscription form. I later went back to school full-time for a graduate degree. When it came time to find a thesis project, my advisor introduced me to a Jet Propulsion Laboratory scientist, and we collaborated with him on a project. Little did I know that the work would eventually lead to an article in NASA Tech Briefs. Since then, I have continued subscribing and looking through the magazine. Not every brief is relevant, but there are usually at least a couple of interesting ideas in each issue.

Melvin Carruth

Director, Test Laboratory

NASA Marshall Space Flight Center

Alabama

Years as a Reader: 30+

I learned about NASA Tech Briefs early in my career at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. As a new employee, I was working a research task and looked for a better way to make the measurements I needed. I found it and wrote a paper on the result. I was informed that I needed to file a new technology disclosure, and it would be submitted to NASA Tech Briefs for possible publication. I didn't know about NTB until then. It was published and I've had others over the years. It made me aware of this resource highlighting the latest technologies.

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