2018 Honorees

Faculty Emeritus

The following people will be lauded for their very distinguished careers in education and related activities/fields:

Sheldon Pasner ‘57– Teacher of Mathematics; Assistant Principal Computer Science

Robert Reilly – Assistant Principal, Organization; NYC DOE SVA Program

Blue and White Service Award to Tech and the Larger Community

Andrew A. Prophete '86 – Project manager, National Grid – worked with us on the STEM Pipeline Program and numerous projects

Sam Adewumi '84 – Teacher, Coach, Creative Achievement Success Program (forefront of SHSAT Preparation

The Technite

Younger Alumnus Recognition for a Grad who has earned early distinction in his/her career (aimed at alums who graduated not more than 25 years ago)

Erin Grace Clarke ‘01 –broadcast journalist currently working for the WPXI-TV, an NBC affiliate station l in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Erin has been a journalist for a decade, working throughout central and the southern tier of New York, as well as, previously in NYC at NY1 News.

Biographies

Sheldon Pasner '57

Mr. Pasner graduated Brooklyn Tech, where he majored in College Prep; Brooklyn College, where he majored in mathematics; and Brooklyn College again, where he received his Masters degree in mathematics. He started his long teaching career at Brooklyn Tech in 1961 as a teacher of Mathematics and Computer Science. In 1985 he was named Assistant Principal Supervision of Computer Science and received his Math AP license. In 1995 he retired from Brooklyn Tech and transitioned to his current position as Adjunct Full Professor of Mathematics at LI University (Brooklyn and CW Post).

Robert Reilly

Mr. Reilly started teaching at Brooklyn Tech on February 1st of 1957. He is often remembered for his Patternmaking, Building Construction & Technical Drawing courses. During the 1960's he managed the GO Store, and by the late 1960's and early 1970's he was the Dean of Boys. He stepped away from Brooklyn Tech for three years to take on the Board of Examiners position with the Department of Education, later to return as the Assistant Principal of Organization. In 1980 he left Brooklyn Tech and became the Assistant Principal at Thomas Edison High School, where he worked until his retirement in 1987. Mr. Reilly has been involved with the SVA program since 1995.

Andrew Prophete '86

Andrew Prophete is a Project Manager in National Grid’s Site Investigation and Remediation Department in Brooklyn, N.Y. Mr. Prophete manages large project teams performing environmental investigations and complex environmental remediation of former operating sites within the company’s Downstate, N.Y. service territory. He also serves as the company’s subject matter lead for sediment remediation. Before joining National Grid, Andrew was employed with Foster Wheeler Environmental Corporation performing environmental investigations and construction site management.

Mr. Prophete graduated from City College of NY with a BS in Engineering Geology and has earned an MBA in General Management from Dowling College. He also completed post-graduate certifications from New York University in Construction Project Management and from Villanova University in Applied Project Management.

Andrew has a deep rooted commitment to his local community and volunteerism. He was on the Board of Trustees for Weeksville Historical Society, mentored Brooklyn Tech students through Junior Achievement Business Plan Competitions and Career Fair, was an environmental advisor to the Community Board 9 Environmental Protection Committee, and is a NYC Emergency Management Speaker’s Bureau Liaison offering presentations to the NYC community on the importance of disaster preparedness.

Mr. Prophete graduated from Brooklyn Technical High school in 1986. He considers the National Grid partnership with Brooklyn Tech and the Brooklyn Tech Alumni Foundation a crowning achievement. Through this teaming opportunity he and his fellow National Grid colleagues have taken part in the successful implementation of the 4-year, $300k Energy in Education STEM Initiative, whereby select students from 12 middle schools are given opportunities to explore engineering and science through practical classroom exposure and hands-on experimentation at Brooklyn Tech. National Grid will contribute funding to the new Materials Testing Lab and students from the program will compete for a National Grid-funded college scholarship upon completion. He also serves on the advisory board for Brooklyn Tech’s Career and Technical Education Industry Advisory Council.

Andrew lives in New Jersey with his wife, Stacey, and their three children

Sam Adewumi '84

Mr. Adewumi is a graduate of Brooklyn Tech, where he majored in Electrical Engineering, was the senior Captain of the Football Team, and received the prestigious Adam J. Cirillo Scholarship.  After high school he went on to receive his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University and his Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Virginia.  He worked as a project manager at AT&T from 1990-1994 and co-founded the Nigerian Fabrics and Fashions around that same time. In 2001 Sam joined the New York City Department of Education, starting as a middle school and high school math teacher at Dr. Susan McKinney Secondary School of the Arts. In 2008 he transitioned to Brooklyn Tech, where he has taught math, engineering, and computer science. While at Brooklyn Tech he has become the JV Head Football Coach and Alumni Association Outreach Committee Member. In addition to teaching, by 2013 Mr. Adewumi became the CAS Prep Founder, and in 2014 he took co-ownership of Amarachi Restaurant. CAS Prep was initially founded for SHSAT Test Prep, but its mission and programs now extend beyond that initial purpose CAS Prep works with students from 1st through 8th grade, providing enrichments services and test prep across all grades and leading up to SHSAT test prep.

Erin Grace Clarke '01

Erin is broadcast journalist currently working for the WPXI-TV, an NBC affiliate station l in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Erin has been a journalist for a decade, working throughout central and the southern tier of New York, as well as, previously in NYC at NY1 News.

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