In the 1960s, the newly formed NASA began issuing single-sheet reports on the commercially significant technologies the agency was developing in the course of R&D being conducted for the space program – a mandate from Congress. In 1976, NASA turned those single-sheet reports into a magazine format called NASA Tech Briefs.

In 1985, Associated Business Publications International (now Tech Briefs Media Group) began publishing the magazine through a Space Act Agreement with NASA. In March 2016, NASA Tech Briefs is celebrating its 40th Anniversary.

To help celebrate our birthday, we invited our readers to join the party and asked how they have benefited over the years from reading NASA Tech Briefs. Here is what they had to say.

Starting with our Grand-Prize Winner —

Pang-Jen Kung, Director

Nanobuster, Inc.

Cary, NC

Years as a Reader: 15+

What has impressed me about NASA Tech Briefs is that it consistently delivers cutting-edge research updates and technical solutions. When I developed Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) proposals, I often referred to it so I could assess whether or not my exploration would meet the interest of government funding agencies. When I had to deal with technology transfer issues, I could find the contact information to ask for advice or request a Technical Support Package (TSP). In some cases, I used New on the Market and Product Spotlight to prepare budget reports as well as material, part, and equipment lists for various experiments.

Early in my career, I was devoted to high-temperature superconductors and perovskite oxides, from which my colleague and I developed bolometers, memory chips, and solid-state sensors. We definitely leveraged what was reported in the Sensors section to accelerate our development cycles. Later, I co-founded a company to offer contract prototyping services in microfluidic chips and systems, and my team served as a liaison between researchers and end users, and simultaneously took into account manufacturability and cost-effectiveness. Again, we learned a great deal from the Manufacturing & Prototyping section, and executed strategies that resulted from it.

NASA Tech Briefs has played a significant role in my R&D career, and perhaps yours. In addition to reports on technological applications, I am often inspired by its feature stories. NASA Tech Briefs has made a difference in many of our lives. Its journey will continue and go beyond!

Elena Shembel

Chairman and CEO

Enerize Corporation

Coral Springs, FL

Years as a Reader: 10+

NASA Tech Briefs has been a great help based on the synergistic effect of the information, reviewing, and analysis presented in the magazine in accordance with materials, technologies, and devices in the area of renewable energy. This includes achievements, current and future requirements, market, competitors, and potential strategic partners.

Subramaniam Sundaresh

DRDO Distinguished Fellow


Chennai, Tamilnadu, India

Years as a Reader: 1+

I have greatly benefited from the technical information provided in NASA Tech Briefs. It helps me understand and keep myself updated with technology areas of interest. The Webinar Series is also very useful. I would rate NASA Tech Briefs as a very valuable technical information provider.

Yunus Alapan

Case Western Reserve University

Cleveland, OH

Years as a Reader: 1+

As enthusiastic and innovative engineers, our team developed a point-of-care, cost-efficient chip to identify hemoglobin type. We entered the 2014 Create the Future Design Contest with our HemeChip Technology, and won first prize in the Medical Category, which was highlighted and covered in NASA Tech Briefs, Medical Design Briefs, and many other media outlets. The support and recognition we received through this NASA Tech Briefs-sponsored contest motivated us further, renewed our confidence in our technology, and became the first of a chain of competitive institutional and national recognitions, awards, and funding. Currently, we have raised almost half a million dollars for our technology, and filed an international patent application for the HemeChip technology. We are more than grateful and deeply indebted to NASA Tech Briefs for providing the critical stepping stone that elevated our hope, enthusiasm, and confidence in the HemeChip technology, bringing it a step closer to becoming a commercial product that can serve the underserved communities of developing countries.

John Gruske

Teacher/Mechanical Designer

Cambridge, Ontario, Canada

Years as a Reader: 5+

I have been using NASA Tech Briefs for many years. I used to be a teacher before budget cuts. My area of specialty was Technological Design (Engineering, Architecture, and Drafting). I would use tech briefs, and other design-related articles, as part of the literacy component as mandated by the Ministry of Education. So, while my career hasn't been advanced by NASA Tech Briefs, I would like to hope it has contributed to the future careers of my former students. With that in mind, thank you for your wonderful publication, and here’s to another 40 years of NASA Tech Briefs!

Uba Sani Kibiya


National Board for Technology Incubation

Abuja, Kano, Nigeria

Years as a Reader: 1+

I benefit from NASA Tech Briefs in many ways. It supports me during project designs with my students, fabricators, and other professional colleagues. It assisted me and grows my professional standing, and widens my horizon in my chosen career. NASA Tech Briefs simplified my understanding, shortened my learning stage, reduced costs in my designs, and helped me produce products that are always accepted by my customers.

Stephen Blackwelder, Director, Oil & Gas Business Development

HGA Engineers

Ruston, LA

Years as a Reader: 15+

In the late 1990s, my son Kirk picked up my copy of NASA Tech Briefs and began to read an article on shape memory alloys (SMAs). As a high school student, he chose SMAs as a topic for his science fair project, and won both local and state competitions with his SMA-powered robot. Since that time, he graduated from Louisiana Tech University in mechanical engineering. His first job was for a NASA contractor in Houston during the final years of the space shuttle program. He is now in management for Bell Helicopter. NASA Tech Briefs played an instrumental role in his development as a fledgling engineer. Thank you for your contribution to his success.