40th Anniversary Reader Contest Winners

Fredrick Bsharah

Dept. Chair, Asst. Professor of Engineering

Cape Cod Community College

Centerville, MA

Years as a Reader: 30+

I often work with students who have no idea about the world of engineering and advanced manufacturing. NASA Tech Briefs is my go-to source for state-of-the-art information. I have benefited by having a consistent source of instructional material, and literally hundreds of students (many first-generation to attend college, low-income, and or academically disadvantaged) have been guided into careers shaped around topics addressed by NASA Tech Briefs.

David Gonzalez Rodriguez


Madrid, Spain

Years as a Reader: 1+

Given the difficult situation in my country, I lost my job and had to take another job that did not utilize my capabilities. Reading NASA Tech Briefs has helped me to keep going, seeing how far some engineers are flying! Thanks!

Yuval Izhaki, CEO

Circomm Technologies Ltd.

Or-yehuda, Israel

Years as a Reader: 5+

I own a company that has provided R&D design services for the past 13 years. My work is highly technology oriented, and often requires new technologies. NASA Tech Briefs gives me a lot of inspiration, especially in the field of medical product development where innovation is a must. I once developed a new micro respiration system and I read about a high-speed micro motor in NTB. I advised my client to use this type of motor in the new project. My client accepted my advice, and after two years of hard work, we had the world’s first (at the time) micro medical reparation system that is so light and small, a patient can wear it directly on his face all day long.

Bernhard Stuermer


Linde Hydraulics

Aschaffenburg, Germany

Years as a Reader: 1+

NASA Tech Briefs has been a very important source of information.

George Ventura


Ventura Services

Eureka, CA

Years as a Reader: 1+

First, I want to give a resounding “thank you" to Associated Business Publications, which, in partnership with NASA, led me to my success, as well as the success of many others. I am a visual light diffractionist and I have always been intrigued by the various types of light and how we use them. My earliest recollection of questioning how visible light is transformed when projected through a prism or crystal was answered while perusing various trade magazines. One was NASA Tech Briefs and two others were its supplements, Photonics Tech Briefs and Imaging Technology.

Elizabeth Marcks

University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Mandeville, LA

Years as a Reader: 10+

NASA Tech Briefs has long been a source of inspiration and information for me, and fueled my career choice and advancement. I started reading it at a young age, becoming enthralled by the possibilities of science, technology, research, and NASA itself. The magazine sparked a goal to someday work at NASA and perhaps develop a new technology worthy of an article in NASA Tech Briefs. I became an honors student in mechanical engineering with minors in mathematics and materials engineering. With confidence, ambition, high grades, and knowledge gained from years of reading NASA Tech Briefs, I applied for and was selected as an intern at NASA Langley. Knowledge of existing technologies and methods allows me to think of other uses, improvements, or even new technologies or processes. I attribute these skills, enhanced by NASA Tech Briefs, to my three consecutive successful NASA internships working on technologies for future Mars missions. Currently, NASA employees are designing a co-op for me, leading into a full-time career. All it took was a dream, continually refueled by an amazing magazine, to start me on an out-of-this-world career path.

Alejandro Ramos de la Peña

CEO & Founder

Human Robotics

Irapuato, Guanajuato, Mexico

Years as a Reader: 5+

I am an independent inventor specializing in the design of anthropomorphic robots to be applied mainly in the medical field, specifically in surgery and rehabilitation. Despite being the author of several patents, the status of “independent” sometimes limited the attention from some institutions and media. When I subscribed to NASA Tech Briefs, I found out about the Create the Future Design Contest. In 2010, I entered my Robotic Surgical Device. I received an Honorable Mention in the Medical category. This was surprising, and I was filled with great emotion. Anywhere in the world, the word NASA is synonymous with quality, respect, and the highest scientific and technological level. Therefore, this distinction established a radical change in the recognition of my work. Mentioning that I got an honorable mention in a competition of innovation from an official NASA publication immediately gets attention. I am very grateful to NASA Tech Briefs. This magazine contributes to the enhancement of the human spirit through the publication and dissemination of the work of researchers and scientists.

Joseph Angeloni


A Design Inc.

Olyphant, PA

Years as a Reader: 30+

In the early days of NASA Tech Briefs, they had a section where they would ask readers for potential solutions to specific problems. In one issue, they were looking for a tool-less fastener to minimize the need for discrete tools. After I retired, I had time to pursue this project. After solving it, I built some models, and applied for and received a US Patent (8,393,841).

Tony Marino, Systems Engineer


Goleta, CA

Years as a Reader: 30+

I have been reading NASA Tech Briefs since I started working in the defense electronics industry in 1981. The articles are very informative, well written, and are instrumental in keeping me up to date with the latest technologies. I highly recommend NASA Tech Briefs to anyone interested in defense electronics.

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