40th Anniversary Reader Contest Winners

Richard Teichgraeber

Consulting Engineer

Teichgraeber R&D Consultants

Sarasota, FL

Years as a Reader: 20+

My job at Lockheed Aeronautics was applied research – “technology insertion” or integrating technology in the cockpit to aid the pilot of a warfighter. How was I able to do that? It was mainly by keeping up to date on the latest advances in avionics (navigation, GPS), embedded software and languages, computers, cockpit displays, and sensor technology. It was attendance at technical conferences and exhibits that introduced me to NASA Tech Briefs. I believe that NASA Tech Briefs aided me in my job because it exposed me to new methods, insight into applications and uses of equipment, software algorithms, and how engineers used spinoffs from these emerging technologies. Many times, because of articles in NASA Tech Briefs, I was able to understand and speak with knowledge about GPS capabilities, displays, sensor limits, and applications. I contributed a tech brief regarding GPS repeaters in NASA Tech Briefs in 1999, and in 2014, I submitted an entry to the Create the Future Design Contest.

Kaustubh Agrawal


Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh, India

Years as a Reader: 1+

NASA Tech Briefs has changed my perspective of developments in science, medicine, and technology. The magazine influences me to discover new adventures, and encourages me to get involved in this cutting-edge world.

Gatot Siswanto

Prudential Indonesia

Gresik, East Java, Indonesia

Years as a Reader: 5+

NASA Tech Briefs enables me to stay up to date with the latest technology. It is a very valuable reference to follow what happens in science and technology. It provides deep coverage of design engineering, material technology, and energy conservation, which is one of the hottest issues today. NASA Tech Briefs accelerates my knowledge to stay ahead of my colleagues.

James Mikoda

Technical Director

Bluewater Thermal Solutions

Northlake, Il

Years as a Reader: 30+

I have been getting NASA Tech Briefs at each of the companies I have worked at for the past 30+ years. At each facility, the information has always been interesting and informative. The articles always provide things to keep in the back of your mind while solving problems. I cannot specifically give an instance of applying the information, but it keeps your mind actively looking at new ideas and trends. I am always looking at new things to try out and evaluate as far as what we can do to make our processing better for our customers, and safer for our employees.

Fahad Hussain


UET Taxila

Taxila, Punjab, Pakistan

Years as a Reader: 1+

I haven't been a NASA Tech Briefs reader for long – I am a student of Industrial Engineering. The first time I acquired help from NASA Tech Briefs was when I was looking for an article on advanced technology. I had recently secured an online writing job and I had no idea which topics were trending. So I searched the Web and ended up with NASA Tech Briefs articles. I kept reading until I gathered a unique story. I published my first article and it was accepted by my boss. My happiness had no bounds that day. From that day on, Tech Briefs has helped me keep my job and stay up to date on modern technology.

Chris Hanse

Sr. Systems Analyst

Cimarron Software Systems

Houston, TX

Years as a Reader: 15+

I have been in testing for over 25 years. Of all publications, it was always NASA Tech Briefs that helped me think in new ways and stimulate my imagination. It made me remember that childhood feeling of being able to do anything, including spaceflight. Now I actually work in human spaceflight. To my great joy, NASA told me today that my project was excellent. NTB helped me get here. I still get excited when a new issue comes out, and I thank NASA Tech Briefs for helping my dream of keeping spaceflight at a level where no one is ever lost again.

Randy Hanson

VP of R&D

RIE Coatings, Inc.

Eden Valley, MN

Years as a Reader: 20+

Approximately 20 years ago, I came across inorganic zinc rich coatings (IC53) in an issue of NASA Tech Briefs. With this technology, we were able to generate a large amount of business coating bridge hardware and other weldments.

Robert Denton


Solar Flares

Franklin, TN

Years as a Reader: 5+

I started eight years ago looking for a way to generate electricity for off-grid use. After looking in NASA Tech Briefs, I was moving towards hydrogen generation. No one even considered hydrogen as a way to create power production. The articles helped me create the ideas to build a hydrogen cell. I now have a prototype built that will power a house 365 days a year with no fossil fuels used. I like the idea of using NASA Tech Briefs as a way to see what is going on with future projects at NASA.

Kathy Reid

Associate Engineer

American Pacific Corp.

Cedar City, UT

Years as a Reader: 5+

Reading NASA Tech Briefs has helped me know what is happening in the science community. This knowledge has helped me design different experiments, and has helped me learn different ways I can collect important data from those experiments by connecting me with vendors that I would not otherwise have met. Not only has it increased my knowledge, but it has kept me excited to be in the science field.

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