40th Anniversary Reader Contest Winners

Carl Finke


Cypress Semiconductor

Northport, NY

Years as a Reader: 10+

I have received NASA Tech Briefs for over 10 years and benefited from reading this great publication. The information provided by NASA Tech Briefs helped bring technology advancement, which led to improved product design and rapid product introduction.

William Hauprich


Max-q LLC

Pinetop, AZ

Years as a Reader: 1+

NASA Tech Briefs keeps me aware of the many ways, new and old, we all use aviation.

Nick Cinquino, R&D Chemist

Finish Line Horse Products

Bensenville, IL

Years as a Reader: 15+

I have enjoyed reading NTB for many years. The articles and advertisements have inspired several research projects such as phototherapy, and the advertisements have led to procurement of electronic sensor samples such as Freescale integrated pressure sensors. What I consider one of the greatest benefits of NTB that I have been involved in was as a science/math mentor for a NASA Student Launch Initiative team. The experiences that the student team members received was extremely inspiring. Today, one member is a USAF officer, another is an electrical engineer, and another is an aeronautical engineer. We had fun meetings discussing electronic components and their specifications, and how to integrate them into entire systems. Pressure sensors, selected from NTB, were the cornerstone of their project!

Michael Cosby


State of CO

Grand Junction, CO

State: Colorado

Years as a Reader: 20+

In a previous company, I had read in NASA Tech Briefs about how electrical couplings were performed in space within threaded pipe. This included contact brushes in rings that brushed against contact rings on the other piece, all in a conical shape. I figured that if it were good enough for NASA, I could use it in a downhole tool for the oil industry. I no longer work there, but have been told that they still use my adaption of the NASA design today.

Poornima Peiris


Cambridge, MA

Years as a Reader: 5+

While I was completing my undergraduate studies at Stony Brook University for Engineering, I was given a NASA Space Grant to engage in a space-related project selected by the Louis Stokes Minority Participation Program. The project was to decide the plausibility of liquid fuels on the Martian atmosphere for the purpose of using atmospheric gases on Mars such as carbon dioxide, and converting it to methanol to be used as a potential fuel source for spacecraft returning back to Earth. The first phase of the project involved a catalyst synthesis phase using nanoparticles. My mentor had advised me to use sonochemical synthesis as well as a batch screening process to obtain these nanocatalysts. These processes were not familiar to me at the time. In order to familiarize myself with these methods and terms, I read NASA Tech Briefs for guidance on previous experiments performed using these methods, and to familiarize myself with different materials that could be used in the experiment. NASA Tech Briefs was especially helpful in providing a great reference for new approaches for my project.

Stephen Griffin, CTO and Founder

InnovaQuartz LLC

Phoenix, AZ

Years as a Reader: 20+

In the summer of 1991, I started my own business. Capital was in short supply – I had $12,000 to build a CO2 laser micromachining system for shaping fused quartz with computer control. The task seemed impossible, but with the help of products advertised primarily in NASA Tech Briefs – motion stages, stepper motors and drivers, software, shutters, optics – and a local high-tech junkyard, I was able to complete the laser system by Christmas, file my first patent application, and secure sales of half a million dollars in 1992. This summer, we will celebrate our 25th anniversary with more than 20 issued patents. While capital is much less of a problem than in 1991, I still use NASA Tech Briefs for inspiration, and search the ads for component and service providers when planning a new R&D or technology transfer project. Thank you, NASA Tech Briefs, and a special thanks to your advertisers for their invaluable advice, support, and products.

Fintan Ryan

Chartered Engineer

Dublin, Ireland

Years as a Reader: 1+

I am a retired airline captain and engineer, but still do a lot of consulting work. This embraces all areas in the aeronautical field, so I really need to keep up to speed on what's happening. Being self-employed, I do not have the resources of a big company behind me, so NASA Tech Briefs is invaluable.

Terry Field

Roxel (UK)

Kidderminster, Worcestershire, England

Years as a Reader: 1+

NASA Tech Briefs brings a swathe of cutting-edge information to my desktop. If an actual article does not lead to a directly evolved adaptation of something in my immediate world, it invariably leads to a re-think of a similar scenario in something closer to home, stretching my mind beyond technology in one’s current comfort zone.

Michael Hankins, Strategic Product Category Manager

Taco Metals

Miami, FL

Years as a Reader: 30+

My father was with NASA for many years, eventually transferring to a subcontractor. An ongoing familiarity with current technology was a curiosity for me as I grew up on the Space Coast. Since the late 1970s, my father has always shared his copy of NASA Tech Briefs, as he felt the publication brought many items to light that were not only space applications, but also “everyday exciting gadgetry.” During many years in the marine industry, I have looked at articles and the most recent use of information on heat transfer and LED technology finally came to rest in a product we now provide to many of the prominent boat builders in the U.S. Our product, which has won two awards in the marine industry, is a rub rail integrated navigation light. Articles reviewed on several occasions in NASA Tech Briefs on heat transfer materials provided direction for a better design. You never know where technology of one type will carry itself into another realm of application!

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