40th Anniversary Reader Contest Winners

Leonard Duffy


Chittenden Research and Development LLC

Hinesburg, VT

Years as a Reader: 10+

As an independent inventor, I began subscribing to NASA Tech Briefs around 2001. Although then and now much of the content is often far beyond my meager technical understanding, it is still just as fascinating. Intrigued by the variety of concepts seen in the annual Create the Future Design Contest, I decided to enter a simple, low-tech device in 2003. Very unexpectedly, I won the Grand Prize! Although that particular invention has yet to get to market, the experience was life-changing. The NASA Tech Briefs recognition not only validated many long and lonely hours of work, it opened up a wide world of connections, publicity, and helpful criticism, which has kept me going for the last dozen years as my technologies have evolved. NASA Tech Briefs remains an inspiration, and I look forward to every new issue.

Edouard Nesvijski

Senior Scientist

TRS Technologies

State College, PA

Years as a Reader: 5+

I opened Pandora’s Box when I started using COMSOL Multiphysics in my professional job as an acoustician. That brought me to a yearly COMSOL Conference in Boston. There, I had a chance to read NASA Tech Briefs for the first time. Since then, I have become a permanent subscriber and reader of NASA Tech Briefs, which is full of valuable information, helping me to do my work on engineering design better and more efficiently.

Krystal Maughan,


North Hollywood, CA

Years as a Reader: 1+

NASA Tech Briefs turned me from a wannabe-artist into a wannabe-engineer. I started out interested in lighting design for theatre and film, and started working as an electronics technician for a company that made proprietary lights for the entertainment industry. I became interested in how lights were manufactured around 2010, and in learning about and subscribing to newsletters on LEDs, and learning machining and welding, I stumbled upon NASA Tech Briefs. I became hooked, and it became part of my morning daily reading. Since then, I've continued to learn about engineering, and decided that I'd like to use my creativity to become an engineer. I've also been accepted as part of the NASA Aerospace Scholar program of students who intend to pursue a career in science and technology. I'd like to thank NASA Tech Briefs for showing me the creativity of NASA and how it is used for exploring new worlds away from Earth, and something as relevant on Earth to the average person as my memory foam mattress. You've changed the path of my entire life!

Shahjada Phlovy

Technical Team Leader

Dynax Corporation

Tomakomai, Hikkaido, Japan

Years as a Reader: 1+

From NASA Tech Briefs, I have learned that for a successful R&D researcher, work should be focused on completing jobs faster, reducing downtime, eliminating costly scrap, and that all test data should be accurate, consistent, and reportable. I started thinking about how to implement these points in my R&D of a high-efficiency transmission wet clutch. The model I developed is one of the most environmentally friendly tools that can estimate drag torque characteristics very fast. The whole idea for development of such a tool came after reading NASA Tech Briefs. Thanks for inspiring me.

Wanjun Lei

Product Development Engineer

Ford Motor Company

Ann Arbor, MI

Years as a Reader: 1+

NASA Tech Briefs always gives me fresh ideas and what technology is available or may be achieved soon. When I was doing vehicle structure and occupant performance analysis, there were some issues related to how to make structure lightweight and efficient. Some information in NASA Tech Briefs gave me a good reference for my structure design and performance optimization.

Dr. John Muth

Electrical Engineering Professor

North Carolina State University

Raleigh, NC

Years as a Reader: 5+

I enjoy reading NASA Tech Briefs because its stories span a wide range of disciplines, but my NTB story is connected to a student group I mentored. As part of a Product Innovation Lab Class at NC State University, the student team developed a handheld spirometer called Vitalflo that fits in a shirt pocket and communicates with a cellphone. I was very impressed by their project, and suggested they submit it to the 2013 NASA Tech Briefs Create the Future Design Contest. I was very pleased when they received first place in the Medical Category. I give the contest credit for inspiring the students to continue working on Vitalflo. After they improved the concept, they subsequently won $150,000 in the 2014 CIMIT-MGH-APF Primary Healthcare Prize. The technology is being used as part of an NIH grant, and the device is in clinical trials with a hospital. The team has a design that can be manufactured at very low cost, and can help people manage their COPD or asthma.

Terrance Ramsaran


Williamsville, Trinidad & Tobago

Years as a Reader: 1+

NASA Tech Briefs truly gives you insight and innovative knowledge on new developments. It inspires my perspective on and away from my field of study. The more I read, the more I learn and become more educated. I get more out of NASA Tech Briefs than any other magazine. It is truly an extraordinary magazine; one that is worth reading.

Roland Wills


Wemmco, Inc

Mission Viejo, CA

Years as a Reader: 30+

I became aware of NASA Tech Briefs while doing business at Jet Propulsion Laboratory. I was a young engineer at Rockwell eager to learn, and wanted to know all I could about industries and technologies. NTB still is my go-to publication for the largest scope of mixed technologies highlighting new products, and helping me personally try my best to stay ahead of the learning curve. The broad treatment of many disciplines provides fertile ground for ideas and concepts. Now I am partially retired by choice, yet still provide consulting services to the industries I respect. NASA Tech Briefs helps me provide expertise and teaching from what I learned.

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