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Hurricane Sandy Update
Career Day
Speaker Series
Tech Pride
Chapter Events
Where are they now?
40 Years of Cheers


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Hurricane Sandy Update
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Brooklyn Tech has returned to its usual business of providing excellence in education for New York City’s brightest students following the traumatic events surrounding Hurricane Sandy.

Classes have resumed, guidance counselors have met with students whose home lives were impacted by the storm, and the emergency New York City shelter set up on the upper floors for people driven from their homes by the storm has closed.

Tech served as an emergency shelter for those in need. School administration, faculty and students all rose to the extraordinary occasion and to the challenges of continuing normal school activities while accommodating the evacuees. Our students responded with the maturity and compassion that have always been the hallmark of Technites.
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Career Day 2012

Brooklyn Tech alumni have excelled in just about every career that exists, and the current generation of Tech students will surely do the same one day.

But today's Technites, bright as they are, are teenagers – with a typical teen’s limited knowledge of the professions, careers and industries that await them.

To narrow that gap and provide real-life role models and mentors, the Alumni Foundation and Brooklyn Tech run an annual event for Tech juniors and seniors – Career Day. [See Photos and Read Full Story]


90th Anniversary New Directions Speaker Series

Matt Mandery, Alumni Foundation, in cooperation with Tech’s principal Randy Asher, organized and launched a special series of guest lectures by leading thinkers and achievers in the academic and business communities.

The inaugural speaker, was Maurizio Porfiri of NYU/Poly, who shared his highly recognized and groundbreaking research in marine engineering and underwater robotics.

On Dec. 6, Ken Daly ‘84, president of National Grid, will speak on the changes occurring in energy supply, and the emerging partnership between Tech and National Grid. On January 17, John Williamson, Senior Director, College Board's AP | Cambridge Capstone Project will provide an overview of this new program that aims to help students develop stronger backgrounds in independent research, collaborative teamwork and 21st-century knowledge and skills. Brooklyn Tech is one of thirteen high schools in the nation that has been chosen to pilot this prestigious program.
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Class of 2012 Serves Tech Proud
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Crew members Emma Landauer (r.) and MaryGail DiBuono compete in the Lightweight. Photo courtesy of

Brooklyn Tech’s Class of 2012 headed off to campus this fall, having earned admission to many of the nation’s most prestigious colleges and universities. Among the many, many achievements of this year’s graduating class were these two:

Recent Tech grad Emma Landauer '12 won a Gold Medal for doubles competition at the US Rowing Youth Nationals in Oak Ridge, Tenn. She and her partner, a Mamaroneck High School senior, finished with the fastest recorded time in the event at Youth Nationals. The two girls had teamed up just six weeks before the event, and had done most of their training in a different boat from the one they used en route to the gold.

Chapter events Brought Alum Together

The New Jersey Chapter held its annual breakfast Sunday October 21, at the Hilton Woodbridge, Iselin. The guest speaker was Charles B. McKenna ’74, Chief Counsel to Governor Chris Christie and former Director, New Jersey State Office of Homeland Security.

The Long Island Chapter of the Alumni Foundation held its 22nd Annual Reunion Breakfast Sunday October 28, at the Long Island Marriott, Uniondale. The group honored Jim Di Benedetto ‘71 with the Vincent DeSanti Distinguished Alumnus Award and Hank Carillo ’52 with the Carl Lange Distinguished Service Award. Presentations were made by teachers and students in robotics, physics and research science.
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Where Are They Now?

Maurice Decaul '98 was featured in a N.Y. Daily News story about the record number of veterans who graduated from Columbia University this year. Maurice, who enlisted in the Marines while still at Tech, served in Iraq in 2003 and eventually after his return enrolled in Columbia. A dad of three who is a writer and poet, he majored in creative writing. See the story at

David Peretz '51 has published his latest novel Vengeance Out Of The Shadows available from Barnes & Noble Nook and Amazon Kindle.

Brion Hathaway '59 has published his first novel, “Queens Quagmire,” on Amazon [Kindle]. It is partially set at Brooklyn Tech.

Herbert A. Hutchinson ’49 retired from Northrop Aircraft Division in 1994. He is enjoying retirement with his large family in California. He says: “I had a very successful engineering career for many years and I always attribute that success to the marvelous technical education I was given in the College Preparatory program at BTHS from 1945 to 1949. Thanks!”

Faculty News:
Dr. Horace E. Walcott has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA). He is a Weston Research Mentor at Brooklyn Tech. Last fall Dr. Walcott was a member of a panel of distinguished STEM educators, who made a presentation at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.


Something to Cheer About - 40 Years of Cheers

On September 22, ninety former Cheering Squad members returned to Brooklyn Tech for a squad reunion, celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Cheering Squad. The celebration started Friday night, when twenty cheering squad members returned to learn the steps for a half time routine they would perform on Saturday. Current Cheerleading Coach, Caitlin Wockenfuss taught the group, while Ms. Ski, Cheerleading Coach 1973-1990, drilled them. Saturday was a glorious day – ninety cheering squad alums attended the football game against Lehman High School. The alums wore their commemorative t-shirts and pins, cheered on the side-lines, performed during half time, reminisced about their time on the squad, and laughed recalling many fond memories. [See Photos and Read Full Story]

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