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Where are they now?
In Memoriam


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Career Day 2013
Career Day 2013Evelyn Alvarez at Career Day 2013

This year marked the first Career Day to be held on a school day, allowing 4,700 of Tech’s full student body of  5,500 to attend workshops led by dozens of working professionals, each with years of experience in a broad list of careers. Presenters discussed the joys and challenges of their careers while reminiscing about their formative years at Tech. Of the 80 presenters, many expressed a sincere sense of devotion to the school.

Dr. Bruce Lipin ’65, a scientist emeritus and retired geologist, said he “felt an obligation to Tech for four very good years and a very good education.” Speaking with students about potential careers in earth sciences, Dr. Lipin highlighted the international travel he’s been able to do throughout his career but also stressed the essential nature of earth science research. [Sharissa, EPA]...

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Brooklyn Tech Celebration 11/21

Brooklyn Tech Celebration 2013

The Second Brooklyn Tech Celebration honors a new tradition in which the entire Brooklyn Tech community (alumni, parents, faculty, retired faculty, friends) will come together to reminisce, reconnect and honor not just alumni, but retired faculty and others who have helped build and sustain Tech’s extraordinary history of excellence. The evening will be marked with Achievement Awards presentations and will provide ample time for everyone to network and enjoy the festivities.

For a list of honorees, please visit this page.

To register, please visit this page.

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Alumni in The News
Kyle Wong '08 and Awad Sayeed '08Kyle Wong and Awad Sayeed

Kyle Wong '08, Awad Sayeed '08, and Miraj Mohsin, co-founders of Pixlee, a visual marketing firm, recently raised $1.5 million to increase their engineering and marketing staff. Kyle Wong and Awad Sayeed initially show-cased their talent for entrepreneurial ventures by starting the Young Entrepreneurs Association at Brooklyn Tech. It appears that what originally began as a catchy "YEA Baby" t-shirt and sweatshirt campaign has led to much more over the years.

After graduating from Brooklyn Tech, Kyle Wong completed Stanford University, Awad Sayeed finished his studies at Baruch College, and Miraj Mohsin attended the Fashion Institute of Technology, where he founded and sold a fashion photography company....

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Our series of spotlights on Brooklyn Tech’s recently revamped majors program, begun in the print edition distributed in September, continues this month with features on biomedical engineering and biological sciences.

BioMedical Engineering

Biomedical engineering

Year Started: 2009

Number of students: 230

What it’s about: Biomedical engineering teaches students far more than what the name literally implies,

• Communication, presentation, research and debate skills
• How the economy affects biotechnological advancement
• The applications of genetic engineering
• An overview of the careers and subspecialties of forensics

Engineering is a growing field. Giving students access to a field that incorporates both science and engineering makes them more well-rounded and opens up more options for their college experience and coursework. Students in this major go on to: College majors that emphasize science research, including neuroscience, evolution, ecology, genetics, anatomy and physiology, cell biology, molecular biology and bioengineering.

Biological Sciences

Biological Sciences

Year Started: 1985; originally called the Biomedical Science major, its name changed in 2009 when the Biomedical Engineering major was created.

Number of students: 200

What It’s About:
• The history of medicine, the language of anatomy and medicine and the integumentary, nervous, skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular, lymphatic and reproductive systems.
• Classical Mendelian genetics, pedigree analysis, cell genetics, DNA structure and function, electrophoresis and polymerase chain reaction. Genetic and biochemical analyses of gene replication, heredity, mutation, recombination and gene expression.
• The chemistry of organic molecules. Introduction to reaction mechanisms and stereochemistry.

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Lecture Series
Lecture Series - MarkerBotBill Buehl of Markerbot

On October 17th Brooklyn Tech students and faculty kicked off the 2nd Annual "New Directions Lecture Series." This series invites leaders from various professional and academic walks of life to discuss cutting edge ideas in their respective fields. There is a strong focus on Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields, which are making headway at Brooklyn Tech and gathering worldwide attention.

The latest speaker was Bill Buehl, director of engineering at Brooklyn-based MarkerBot. Mr. Buehl discussed 3-D printing and the future of this revolutionary piece of technology as it relates to the science and medical communities.

Connecting current students to experienced professionals brings forth the most up-to-date, real-world knowledge of what is going on in the tech fields. Dr. Mathew M. Mandery, the Chief Educational Officer of the Brooklyn Tech Alumni Foundation, who helped facilitate this series hopes that these lectures will help solidify Tech as a "center of educational excellence" by exploring science, technology, education and business.

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Where Are They Now?

Jessica Brennan

Jessica Hoffman Brennan ‘92 has been in the financial industry for nearly 17 years. She is currently a Managing Director at The Carlyle Group. Ms. Brennan was a Managing Director of Credit Suisse Group’s private fund group based in New York. She was responsible for distribution of alternative investment funds to institutional investors. Over her career, Ms. Brennan has been involved in the fundraising and formation of hundreds of different alternative investment funds, working with a diverse client base including: buyout, venture capital, mezzanine, distressed/special situations, credit, secondary, fund of funds and liquid strategies.  Ms. Brennan holds Series 7 and 63 licenses and has been a registered lobbyist in New York City from January 12, 2012 to present. Ms. Brennan holds an undergraduate degree in Economics and Literature  from the University of Michigan and an MBA from The Wharton School....

Mr. Sanford Hellman ’60 is the Vice President at Areva, located in Lynchburg, VA.  His initial job involved the design of radiation shielding for nuclear submarines at the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corp. Subsequently he worked in a number of different positions, including nuclear fuel, new plant construction, field services and spare parts supply, in the commercial nuclear power business at Babcock and Wilcox and at Areva. Mr. Hellman has nearly 48 years in his profession.  He attended MIT for his undergraduate studies, majoring in mathematics, later completing his MS at Lynchburg College for Nuclear Engineering, where he also obtained his MBA.

Brendan Maloney

Dr. Brendan Maloney '83  is a Pediatric Dentist in Toronto, Canada. He completed his advanced training in Pediatric Dentistry at St. Barnabas Hospital, an affiliate of The New York Hospital Cornell University in New York City where he served as Chief Resident in Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Maloney also trained at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in NYC with a concentration on patients with special needs at the Rose Kennedy Center. Dr. Maloney was also a full time instructor in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Rochester Medical Center where he also served as Director of the Daisy Marquis Dental Center. He has two private dental practices and is on Staff at Toronto General Hospital. An avid sports fan and a former Brooklyn Tech Basketball Player, Dr. Maloney is the Team Dentist for the National Basketball League of Canada. Dr. Maloney has 15 years in the profession. He studied biology at Stony Brook University and went on to the Temple School of Dental Medicine for Dentistry.

Eugene Pevzner '07

Eugene Pevzner '07 is an associate at BlackRock in New York, NY. While Eugene was a student at Polytechnic University, he was an intern at ConEdison, working as an analyst/developer in the Electrical Engineering department. He received severalm job offers and chose to begin his career at UBS Wealth Management as a Software Engineer. He worked in the Portfolio Reporting team, designing, implementing and supporting software that provided real time reporting of client portfolios. After taking a year off from school, Eugene enrolled at New York Law School in the evening division, continuing to pursue his ultimate goal of becoming an intellectual property litigator. Eugene holds a BS  and an MA in Computer Science  from Polytechnic University.

Nelly Rosario '90
Nelly Rosario ’90 is a visiting scholar at the MIT Program in Comparative Media/Writing, in Cambridge, MA. Her novel, Song of the Water Saints won a PEN Open Book Award, and her other work appears in various publications and anthologies, including El Diario/La Prensa, where she is a regular columnist. Ms. Rosario is on faculty in the MFA Program at the Texas State University. She has over ten years of professional experience in her field, having obtained a BS in Environmental Engineering from MIT, and an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University.


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In Memoriam

The Foundation sadly announces the passing of the following alumni. Our condolences are extended to their families and friends:

Morris Nepo - Former Faculty Member
Leif Larsen '36
Frederik Pohl '36
Robert D. Wohltjen '40
Frank G. Haneman '42
John Cross '44
Samuel J. Dorsa '45
Arthur E. Hoffman '45
Anthony A. Karkosza '46
Gerard X. Fitzgerald '47
Robert Marchisotto '47
Dan J. O'Shea '49
Kenneth Kanrich '51
Leonard Maggiore '51
Donald A. Matteo '54
Ralph J. Kettenbeil '55
Michael F. Parlamis '58
Robert B. Leipow '66
Victor J. Franklin '75
Anthony V. Notaro '76

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