40th Anniversary Reader Contest Winners

Ramona Roush, PDM/CAD Coodinator

Heraeus Electro-Nite

Hartland, WI

Years as a Reader: 20+

I have loved your magazine ever since another drafter introduced me to it back in 1993. The information it contains has been extremely helpful and very interesting. Before we merged with my current company, we were looking for a bonding material that would bond any type of metal to porous material such as cements and ceramics, and withstand high temperatures. After reading one of the issues, I found an adhesive from Master Bond that I thought would fit the bill. I passed this on to my boss, who liked what he saw, contacted the company, and proposed a trial to R&D. It worked and ended up being a cost savings. This finding brought me some needed recognition in our company. Unfortunately, after our merger, our design changed, and we no longer use the adhesive, but I still pass on information!

Peter Langer

Vice President Engineering

LANCIN Technologies, LLC

Macomb, MI

Years as a Reader: 10+

I am a retired automotive electronics engineer and always enjoyed working on the cutting edge of technology to develop innovative vehicle features. Now I continue to read NASA Tech Briefs to stay on top of state-of-the-art developments in science and technology.

Sidney Clouston


Clouston Energy Research, LLC

Lincoln Park, MI

Years as a Reader: 20+

Nearly 25 years ago, I was made aware of a request by NASA for Architecture for Manned Missions to Mars. It was part of the Space Exploration Initiative. NASA Tech Briefs presented the technology made by Rockwell for NASA called an IPAC. It is a frictionless, magnetic bearing, motor-generator with three-axis attitude control. I integrated two into a design within the preferred geometry of an aerobrake shell.

Mark Schlichting, Metallurgical Process Engineer

Nucor Steel Castrip Indiana

Crawfordsville, IN

Years as a Reader: 20+

I began reading NASA Tech Briefs around 1988, and I’ve been a fan and subscriber ever since. When I first started reading it, I would see patents awarded in various fields. Just reading about new innovations at NASA encouraged me to seek a patent. The work I was doing at the time in vacuum metallurgy was, I thought, fairly creative. I compared this work to developments I read about in NASA Tech Briefs and saw a connection. I consulted with other engineers and management in my company, and with the help of our corporate lawyer, I applied for and was granted a patent. The new vacuum degasser was the central element that allowed the products made by that process to be successful. I thank NASA Tech Briefs for giving us truly insightful work in each edition. Consider the way that sharing this knowledge can inspire others to work hard and develop innovative processes and products in the commercial world.

Steven Greeran

ALT 255

Wrightwood, CA

Years as a Reader: 1+

NASA Tech Briefs has helped me recall numerous life events, starting this new year from the comfort of my own home. I was immediately brought up to speed on previous FPGA software from National Instruments, and new quantum computer technology from D-wave. It has reminded me of new discoveries like quantum-on-silicon chips.

Frederick Stevens

Owner/R&D Chairperson

Mottainai (Too Good to Waste!)

Rochester, MN

Years as a Reader: 20+

I’m not really sure that I can point to one specific time that NASA Tech Briefs has gotten me out of a jam, so to speak. I will say that the inspiration and thought edification gained from reading the many articles has helped to foster creativity in other sometimes totally unrelated areas where I had been struggling for a breakthrough. I thoroughly appreciate reading every issue even if I am very busy. Taking a break to reflect and stir the imagination is important.

Professor Alan Tratner, Chairman

Green2Gold/Inventors Workshop/California Space Ent

Simi Valley, CA

Years as a Reader: 30+

We have been using the wealth of information presented in NASA Tech Briefs for all of its 40 years for our institutions for the vital variety of values we derive: inspiration and applications from the marvelous research being conducted, and ideas, inventions, innovations, and the astounding array of technologies derived and stimulated by our nation's amazing space program that can help economic growth and create a better future, help the environment, defend our freedoms, and propel us as space explorers and developers. We have mentored and incubated inventors, entrepreneurs, and small businesses for 45 years, and often share and recommend NTB to our members as a source for technology transfer, licensing, strategic alliances, technical resources, and opportunities. Keep up the great work, and congrats on your history and impact.

Christopher McAleese

Engineering & Technology Teacher

Northeast Middle School

Bristol, CT

Years as a Reader: 1+

I signed up for NASA Tech Briefs hoping I could find something inspirational for my 12- to 14-year-old middle school students. At first glance, I discovered it is more for engineers working with sophisticated technology at a very high level than cute stories about NASA and space. However, I like that the writing is technical and in no way talks down to the reader. And I have found some interesting stories to share with my students. Hopefully, I have burned into them the importance of strong math and logic skills to forge ahead in the technology field. NASA Tech Briefs also allows me to show how one project can demand so much from many people and businesses, how the economy is a web of small businesses reliant on each other and on big programs like NASA's to keep the U.S. moving, and ultimately how one day they will be a part of that movement.

Vitor Goncalves



Sao Jose Dos Campos, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Years as a Reader: 1+

When I was 12 years old, I wrote a letter to NASA, in Portuguese, and I received an answer. I kept this correspondence until today. This letter helped me in choosing my profession. Today, in addition to my job, I am developing a search for a new Radar Absorbing Structure at the university where I obtained my Master's degree. NASA Tech Briefs helps me a lot in my research. Through the magazine, I have access to relevant research and current results, mainly in electromagnetics and composite materials, that serve as references, as well as other possible solutions. NASA Tech Briefs also helps by providing texts in my aircraft maintenance classes with my students.

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