Recognition Awards

Previous Award Winners

The Distinguished Alumni Award
The Tech Faculty Emeritus Award
The Technite – Younger Alumni Recognition Award
The Blue and White Outstanding Service/ Leadership Award
The MVP Alumni Award

2016 Honorees Reflections

The Distinguished Alumni Award

Recognizes alumni who have achieved high levels of excellence in their career fields or academic area and have in some way given back to the community (either the Tech community or other aspects of society).

  • Grayling Williams ’76 – Inspector General, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • Thomas Volpe ’53 – Senior Advisor and Consultant of Babcock & Brown, since March 2001. Mr. Volpe has been an Executive Advisor to the Interpublic Group of Companies, Inc., since December 2000. He served as Senior Vice President of Financial Operations of Interpublic Group of Companies, Inc., from March 1986 to February 2001. He was a Principal of Deloitte, Haskins & Sells. Mr. Volpe performed corporate controller functions
  • Ramona Romero ’81 – General Counsel, Princeton University (2014-present). General Counsel, U.S. Dept of Agriculture (USDA) (2010-2014). Chief Legal Adviser to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. Collaborated with the White House, the Department of Justice and other federal agencies; interacted with Congress and led the USDA Office of Ethics. Corporate Counsel, E.I. DuPont de Nemours & Co. (1998-2011). Former President, Hispanic National Bar Association (2008-2009). B.A., Barnard College 1985; J.D., Harvard University School of Law 1988. Ramona has overcome obstacles and broken down barriers as a Latina woman in Law in the United States. Her commitment to justice spans civic, social and academic fields. Her testimony on behalf of Justice Sonya Sotomayor supporter Sotomayor's confirmation to SCOTUS in August 2009.
  • Maurice Ashley '83 – First African American Chess Grand Master
  • Anthony S. Bartolomeo , P.E. '70 - President and CEO, Pennoni Associates Inc. and Chairman of the World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia, who has more than 30 years experience in environmental engineering
  • John di Domenico ’69– noted architect responsible for numerous high profile city projects
  • Kimberley “Kim” Coles '80 – American Actress, Comedian and Author who has starred in an impressive catalogue of television shows, written a book and started a national empowerment program, G.I.F.T.S. where she uses comedy and inspiration to help people learn about their own unique qualities.
  • Ken Daly ’84 – President, National Grid
  • Arlene Isaacs ’76 –Senior VP @ Moody’s Investors Service
  • Tanya Kennedy ’85 – Acting Supreme Court Justice
  • Lionel Marks '49- An accomplished attorney who was one of the founders of the Brooklyn Tech Alumni Foundation and served as it legal counsel for over a decade.
  • Andrew Parton ’75 - Executive Director, Cradle of Aviation Museum. Andrew was named Executive Director in July of 2008 after serving as Acting Director since 2007. He joined the museum in 2005 as Director of Marketing. In his tenure as Executive Director he has assisted in the expansion of museum offerings that include several new exhibits and programs. He has been instrumental in building the museum’s educational platform to include High School Magnet Academies for Science and Math with the Westbury School district as well as partnering with local colleges to offer college level courses at the museum. The museum has also been expanding its focus to include new exhibits and programs in areas like renewable energy.  (2017)
  • Sam Schwartz ’65– leading transportation engineer; NYC’s authority on urban infrastructure, traffic safety and transportation systems
  • George L. Van Amson ’70 –Managing Director in the Institutional Equity Division - Sales and Trading, Management, Morgan Stanley

The Tech Faculty Emeritus Awardd

Recognizes a retired faculty member, who was outstanding as an assistant principal, teacher, guidance counselor, coach, faculty advisor, and/or mentor

  • Serena Bobrowsky -  English (posthumous) (2017)
  • Lillian Cincotta Fiore – social studies teacher (2013)
  • James Crowe – AP Organization and Administration; social studies teacher; citywide SVA program (2013)
  • Howard Falick – Teacher of Architecture and Structural Engineering (2011)
  • Peter Hoftyzer ’59– technology (2014)
  • Artie Kettenbeil ’67 – English teacher; advisor to the school newspaper “The Survey”; Senior Class Advisor; school treasurer; AP Pupil Personnel Services (2013)
  • Charles Kyrie Kallas ’37 – technology teacher; school treasurer (2013)
  • Nicholas Malachias – Teacher of English; advisor - Survey, the school’s newspaper (2011)
  • Len Malech ’62 – Physics; Girls’ Track Team Coach (2014)
  • Elaine Osterweil (posthumous) - Mathematics; Program Office, Entrance Exam; Consultative Council (2015)
  • Jules Peemoeller – Teacher of Civil and Structural Engineering (2011)
  • Charles Pomaro '72 - Tech AP; Parent and Student Engagement (2014)
  • Carol Powers – Teacher of Physical Education; Girls’ Swim Coach (2011)
  • Gail Reilly - English; Yearbook; Beta; College Office (2015)
  • Barbara Ross -  Social Studies/ Program Committee (2017) 
  • Jay Russinoff – technology; Girls’ Varsity Basketball Coach (2014)
  • Sol Rymer -  Technology/COSA/Stageworks (2017)
  • Alice Timothy – Assistant Principal, Speech and Music; advisor to the Debate Team and the Drama Club (2011)
  • John Tobin- Principal; Siemens Corporation; PSAL (2017)
  • Edwin Zarowin – AP Health and Physical Education; boys’ track coach (2016)

The Technite – Younger Alumni Recognition Award 

Recognizes talented alumni who graduated from Tech within the last 25 years.

  • Jeanine Aguirre-Ramirez '88 – is the NY 1 Brooklyn reporter, primarily responsible for covering the borough’s 2.5 million people as well as its schools, politics, religions and neighborhoods. Her expertise as a reporter has enabled her to serve as M.C. for many different events of the Brooklyn Tech Alumni Foundation.
  • John Prakash Albert '90 – Counsel, Manott Phelps and Phillips; worked as a lobbyist for more than 10 years. He served as a Foundation Board member and officer.
  • Yana Bromberg ’97 – adjunct assistant professor at Rutgers University’s department of genetics.
  • Robert Christopher Riley ’98 – accomplished actor – television, film, Broadway, theater
  • Frederick Davis ’98 - DO, MS, FACOEP Emergency Medicine, Associate Clinical Professor
  • Alex Elegudin '02 -  President and Co-Founder of Wheeling Forward.  Alex has spent almost a decade working as an advocate and mentor in the disability community. In 2003, when Alex was a college sophomore, he was in a deer related car accident and sustained a C6 level spinal cord injury. He faced an uphill battle to reclaim his independence, managing his medical needs and working tirelessly to complete college. Alex continued on to Hofstra University Law School and became a successful patent attorney. (2017)
  • Sonya Hunte ‘95  -  Accomplished public service leader. Currently, Sonya heads Employee Engagement for the Atlanta Public Schools where she drives innovation for the organization’s culture transformation initiatives through performance management, communication, wellness, and Employee Assistance Programs.  She is currently a Board member of the National Association of Social Workers and served as the President through June 2016.  Received numerous honors including the Unsung Heroine 2015 Award from the National Coalition of 100 Black Women Inc., Metro Atlanta Chapter; Women to Watch 2014 – Atlanta Tribune Magazine, Superwoman Issue March 2014. (2017)
  • Amen Ra Mashariki '92 - Former Chief Analytics Officer – City Hall – Mayor de Blasio’s Officer 
  • Nelly Rosario ’90 – award winning writer (novels, short stories, fiction, non-fiction; articles)
  • Dr. Robert Roswell '94 – Director, Bellevue Hospital Coronary Care Unit; Office of Diversity Affairs; Director Recruitment & Retention; Assistant Professor of Medicine - NYU School of Medicine 

The Blue and White Outstanding Service/ Leadership Award 

Recognizes alumni and/or non-alumni who have strengthened and enhanced Brooklyn Tech and/or its community through outstanding contributions to Brooklyn Tech and/or its Foundation.

  • Darrell Smith - 30 years of custodial services – night shift supervisor; head cleaner
  • Leon Bukhman ’01 – Compliance Manager, Con Edison; helped develop the Con Edison Internship Program for Brooklyn Tech
  • George Cuhaj ’77 – Brooklyn Tech archivist; responsible for the collection of artifacts for the upcoming museum; exemplary supporter of Brooklyn Tech and the Foundation.
  • Joseph Kaelin– Has enlisted the support and involvement of students in Alumni Foundation activities for over two decades in his capacity as the Coordinator of Student Activities and Advisor to the National Honor Society.
  • Sidney Milden ‘77– Two decades of leadership and dedicated work with Boys’ Track Team Alumni to support the Track Program

The MVP Alumni Award

Recognizes alumni for their athletic achievements seeded in Brooklyn Tech and solidified in college and/or professional sports.

  • Lorenzo Charles '81 (posthumous) – Was an outstanding Tech basketball player, who became an NCAA athlete and professional basketball player. While playing for the North Carolina State University Wolfpack, he scored the game-winning dunk in the championship game of the 1983 NCAA Tournament over the heavily favored Houston Cougars led by Akeem Olajuwon, Clyde "The Glide" Drexler and the rest of Phi Slama Jama.
  • Hervé Damas '90 – football – (Tech to Hofstra to Buffalo Bills); now teaches classes at community colleges to students pursuing certifications and careers in health and fitness; finished medical school and will be starting his residency with plans for a fellowship in interventional radiology.
  • Ivan Lee '99 - A world-class American sabre fencer. He was a member of the 2001 U.S. Junior World Sabre team, anchoring the team to its first men's world title at the 2001 Junior World Championships in Gdansk, Poland, and also becoming the first man of African American descent to win a world fencing championship. He was also a member of the 2004 U.S. Olympic Team in Athens, placing 12th in the individual competition and 4th in the team competition, missing the bronze medal by one point. Ivan was inducted into the United States Fencing Association Hall of Fame in 2014. (2017)
  • Conrad McRae ’89 – (posthumous award) - basketball
  • Erinn Smart '97 - An American fencer who was a member of the United States Fencing Team at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, where she competed in the women's individual and team foil events. She received a silver medal. (2017)
  • Keeth Smart '96  - US sabre fencer who became the first American to gain the sport's #1 ranking for males. He received a silver medal at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. (2017)

Special Recognition

Marc Williams '90 - Acting Principal, Secondary School of Journalism. Honored for his tenure at Brooklyn Tech and his time on the Alumni Foundation Board.

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