Alumni Foundation Bulletin - 12/01/16

Bulletin Highlights

Titans of Tech Awards Dinner

Mark Tatum and Adam Silver, NBA

On November 30, the Brooklyn Tech Alumni Foundation hosted its first annual Titans of Tech Awards Dinner.  Josh Weston, honorary chair of ADP, '46 and bold philanthropist and Mark Tatum '87, Deputy Commissioner for the NBA were honored for their distinguished careers.  Dean Kamen, inventor and entrepreneur and Adam Silver, NBA Commissioner, respectively provided introductions for the award winners.  Over 400 guests arrived at Chelsea Piers, Pier Sixty to celebrate.   The Tech Robotics Team conducted robot demonstrations and selected students from our music program provided reception entertainment.  The dinner was dedicated to the late John Cavanagh '54, titan in the building construction industry and it was announced that there will be the creation of a new Materials Testing Laboratory at Tech, bearing Cavanagh’s name. Sportcaster Russ Salzberg, ’69 was the MC for the evening. 

Foundation Support


 Team 334 Robot

We have received a $3,500 grant from Boeing to support our robotics program. The grant was made possible through our alum, Ruwan Pallegedara '09, who works for Boeing.  

We are pleased to report that Susanne Ellis has made a donation to support our Mechatronics and Robotics Program. Alan Silberstein ’65 introduced Ms. Ellis to Brooklyn Tech and our Robotics Program.  



Freshman Orientation 

This year Freshman Orientation was held on September 8th.  Tech welcomed its largest class in years – almost 1600 students.  

Con-Edison/ Brooklyn Tech Internship Program - September 2, 2016

Eighteen Brooklyn Tech students who participated in the program presented their projects at a special recognition ceremony held at Con Edison’s Manhattan offices.  All in attendance were impressed with the students as they shared their work. 

Gymnasium Dedication – September 16, 2016

The McRae Family

The Gymnasium was dedicated in memory of Conrad B. McRae ’89.  Over 400 people, mostly alums, attended the event.  We were especially pleased that Conrad’s mom, sister and daughter were in attendance as well as a contingent from Syracuse, the Brooklyn basketball community and his Brooklyn Tech classmates. 



Weston Research Scholars - Siemens Competition 

Three of our Weston seniors (Jenny Xu, Joyce Feng agent and Candy Yuen) submitted their project to the Siemens Competition in Science, Technology and Mathematics. Our team of students developed an ultrasonic sensor mounted on the side of a chemical reactor that monitored the progress of the reaction that produces biodiesel from vegetable oil.  The project won semifinalist status.

Career Day

Antoinette Proctor

Career Day was held on October 26.  We had 120 speakers (mostly alumni) from different career pathways participate in classroom presentations.  We ended the day with a motivational talk given by Keeth Smart ’96, Olympian and business entrepreneur.  He shared his experiences, talked about goal setting, overcoming obstacles and reaching one’s goals.  We bookended Career Day with two workshops – Financial Literacy and Resume Writing/Interviewing.


Long Island Chapter Breakfast 

Ina Cloonen and Suzanne Hausman

On Sunday, October 30th, the Long Island Chapter of the Brooklyn Tech Alumni Foundation hosted its annual breakfast at the Cradle of Aviation Museum.  This year’s honorees included Ina Cloonen and Suzanne Hausman, who have served the Foundation for over two decades and Ray Beckett, ’82 who was lauded for his extraordinary commitment to the Chapter.



 Middle School Outreach 

Senator Jesse Hamilton sponsored a specialized high schools preparation conference for parents and students in District 18.  Liz Sciabarra, Executive Director of the BT Alumni Foundation facilitated a panel discussion regarding the schools.  Senator Hamilton understands the need to create more and better access for under-represented students.  He will be reaching out to us periodically to help him get the message out to his constituents.  

The Brooklyn Tech Chapter of the National Honor Society

The Brooklyn Tech Chapter of the National Honor Society held its Induction Ceremony on November 16.  Alumnae Cheryl Williams ’94 delivered the keynote. Cheryl is currently an attorney working at the Department of Education. 


The Brooklyn Tech Alumni Foundation sponsors a mentoring program through the New York City Mentoring Program.  To date, we have 13 Brooklyn Tech alumni who have been certified for this program.  We have begun piloting the program with students from our Black Student Union.

School Culture Advisory Group

Ten Brooklyn Tech alums volunteer their time to meet and make recommendations to Brooklyn Tech about ways in which to galvanize students to impact overall school culture. 

STEM Pipeline Program 

Brooklyn Tech sponsors a pipeline program for 6 – 8 graders to get middle school students excited about STEM and prepare them for the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test.  The program is funded through our partnership with National Grid.  The program has been recognized by New York State and was awarded a $250,000 grant. 

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