SEVEN INDUCTED INTO BROOKLYN TECH ALUMNI HALL OF FAME

2013 Hall of Fame InducteesSeven accomplished Tech alumni, including a World War Two aviator honored posthumously and the first woman to be inducted, were officially added to the Brooklyn Tech Alumni Hall of Fame in a ceremony held in the center lobby at Tech on May 1.

To underscore and dramatize the linkage and lineage from yesterday’s Technites to today’s, each honoree was introduced to the audience by a current Tech student – several of whom are studying in the same fields that the Hall of Famers have mastered.

The Hall of Fame is located on the first floor hallway outside the Principal’s office, and a tour of it is a highlight of any Tech alum’s return visit to the school. The Hall is currently being expanded, modernized – and possibly relocated within the building. When the renovations are complete plaques will be unveiled to honor the 2013 inductees:

George L Bing ’41, Tuskegee Airman and photographer: The late George L Bing served his country proudly as one of the famed Tuskegee Airmen, America’s first black aviation unit in World War Two. After the war he served Brooklyn College and the Brooklyn Air Terminal as a photographer, snapping many dignitaries and celebrities.

Isaac “Ike” Heller ’43, founder of Remco Toys and Heller Industrial Parks; philanthropist: Mr. Heller founded the iconic 1950s and 1960s toy company Remco, and later started what has grown into one of the nation’s largest privately held industrial park companies. A generous philanthropist, he recently donated $1million to Brooklyn Tech.

Irwin Shapiro ’47, astrophysicist and educator: A recipient of countless honors, he directed the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics for 21 years and continues to teach at Harvard while writing a book. He is known for establishing the Shapiro Time Delay effect, which correctly predicted the slowing effect that mass has upon the propagation of light.

Richard Schwartz ’53, developer of the GPS satellite: He led the team that developed the technology and satellites that proved that a space-based navigation system was not only possible, but feasible and achievable. His team’s work led directly to today’s GPS systems.

Louis H. Siracusano ’60, video and broadcast innovator: Mr. Siracusano founded and ran the studios, and behind-the-scenes infrastructure, for Fox News Network, Food Network, USA Network, NY1, and many others. His current company provides the TV industry with high definition and fiber network systems and facilities.

Steven J. Sasson ’68, inventor of the digital camera: As an engineer and researcher for Kodak Labs, Mr. Sasson in 1974 invented the world’s first digital camera. He has been inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame and has received the National Medal of Technology and Innovation – the highest honor the United States awards to engineers and scientists -- for this achievement.

Laurie C. Zephyrin. MD ’92, physician and public health leader: Dr. Zephyrin is the U.S. Veterans Administration’s first national Director of Reproductive Health in Women’s Health Services. A onetime White House Fellow, she is a health policy maker and innovator who serves the women who valiantly served their country.

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