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Engineers' Week
Board Profile: Sue '76
Ruby Engineers
- Kim Coles '80
- Tanya Kennedy '85
Where are they now?
In Memoriam


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Engineers Week
Richie Chang During Engineers Week 2012Richie Chang During Engineers Week 2012

Brooklyn Tech’s Assistant Principal of Engineering, Nicole Culella always wanted to celebrate National Engineers Week at Brooklyn Tech. As an undergrad and grad at Cooper Union, she had chaired National Engineers Week events, and she wanted to bring the tradition to Tech.

Mission accomplished. Brooklyn Tech’s Engineers Week has just taken place for its second year. Engineers Week is a national annual event that promotes and celebrates engineering contributions in society, helping to motivate and captivate future engineers. It is typically celebrated on university campuses and engineering companies. That did not stop Brooklyn Tech from organizing its unique high school version of Engineers Week.

The Brooklyn Tech version, which concludes March 1, celebrates the inquisitiveness and creativity of the BTHS student body.

The week’s highlighted event, scheduled for March 1, is the Cardboard Boat Regatta. Close to fifty boats designed and built by students solely out of corrugated cardboard and duct tape will be on display in the basement, waiting to attempt to set sail in the pool.  [Read Full Story]



March 9 – Ruby Reception at Brooklyn Tech

April 5 – Relay for life

April 19-20 – Homecoming Celebration at Brooklyn Tech

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Board Member Profile - Sue Mayham
Sue Mayham '76Susan Mayham '76
With this issue, we begin a series of profiles of the members of the Brooklyn Tech Alumni Foundation Board of Directors. We start with Sue Mayham ’76, who helped found the Ruby Engineers.)

BTHS Major: College Prep

College: Pace University

Current Profession and position: Banking: Vice President, BNY-Mellon

Her Brooklyn Tech experience: Was a member of the third class with female students. Had to transition from a small, all-girls middle school: “I should have been uneasy but I was at home. My love for Tech started virtually on Day One.”

Lesson learned from it: “What I learned most was ‘how to play with the boys,’ so my career on Wall Street could be a cakewalk. I broke through my glass ceiling at 14.”

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Ruby Engineers

In March, the Alumni Foundation hosts the Ruby Engineers Reception to celebrate the women of Brooklyn Tech -- past and present. Tech women have achieved significantly in all fields – not only technical or scientific, but in many others. To get in the spirit of recognizing the extraordinary accomplishments of Tech’s women, we present profiles of two who made it big - in professions that might surprise you.

Entering Brooklyn Tech with no intention of becoming an engineer, Kim Coles ’80 quickly observed that she stood out in the crowd. Surrounded by more than 5,000 future scientists, executives and engineers, she was a born comedian and performer.

By capitalizing on this distinction, Coles carved out a path not only for success at Tech, but toward a celebrity career as a TV star.

With its Law & Society major and new mock courtroom, Brooklyn Tech is launching countless future stars of the legal profession. One of their strongest and most visible role models is Hon. Tanya R. Kennedy ’85, a judge since 2005.

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Coach O'hara, holding the John J. McHugh Perpetual Memorial Trophy for High Schools Swimming City Championships.

The Boys' Swim Team has won the PSAL Championship. Congratulations to Coach O'hara and the team.

Signing Day - Wednesday, February 6thIn the presence of faculty, alumni, and friends, several of Brooklyn Tech's best athletes announced their plans for the future. WR Kyvaune Brammer committed to Fordham University. Wrestler Kevin Tynes committed to Stanford University on a full academic scholarship. Tech Track athlete Anne Laure White announced that she is still awaiting word from several elite universities. DE Thomas Plinski committed to Villanova University. RB James Gales committed to Princeton University. Defensive lineman Benjamin Haye was announced as this year's winner of a $20,000 scholarship in honor of Adam J. Cirillo and is in the running for a full tuition scholarship from the JP Morgan Chase Smart Start Scholarship for students.

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Where Are They Now?

Robert DiChiara '63 received his B.A. in business administration from Adelphi University and pursued further studies at Northeastern University and Farleigh Dickenson University. After serving two years in the Armed Forces, including a one-year tour in South Vietnam, he worked as a lead electrician for the Port Authority. He rose to become Electrical Supervisor for Operations of the World Trade Center and assistant director for the World Trade Complex. In 1997 he retired and became the vice president and executive vice president for the World Trade Center's Association. He has served as a director on the Real Estate Board of New York's Management Committee, the Realty Advisory Board on Labor Relations, and as an officer on the Board of Building Owners and Management Association of Greater New York (BOMA/NY).

Ed Strnad '68
had a watch that always ran 3 hours slow, so he moved to LA. Since relocating he has worked in the audio-video hardware business, authored a slew of silly little humor books, and lived with his family in the cultural center of LA--the beach.

Dr. Paul Chambers ’78
is currently the Associate Director of the Pediatric Emergency Department of the Children's Hospital at Montefiore and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He has been at Montefiore for 25 years and is a proud Tech grad.

Harold Buisson ’93
received his B.S. degree in business management & finance from Brooklyn College and MBA's in Computer Information Systems & Finance from the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College. He is a Project Manager Professional (PMP) in the Global Project Management Group in Verizon Enterprise Solutions. With over 16 years of experience in IT, Finance and the music industry, Harold serves as an independent consultant to various business initiatives.

Rosa Nunez ’93
is the Recruiting Manager at Apollos Partners LLC, an executive search firm specializing in the partnering and placement of top tier accounting and finance professionals. As a recruiter, she delivers outstanding customer service to both clients and candidates by obtaining an in-depth understanding of their clients’ needs, the company’s corporate culture, and their candidates’ strengths and growth areas to guide both parties through the recruiting process. Her specialty areas include accounting and finance career guidance, interview preparation, resume assistance, salary & benefits negotiations and career transitional planning.

Melissa Danielle (Haile) '98
divides her time between Brooklyn and Hudson Valley, advocating for wellness, local food, and self-reliance. Melissa offers workshops, private consulting, and social media strategy to food and farm professionals throughout New York State and runs Bed-Stuy Bounty, a bulk buying club, in her hometown of Bedford-Stuyvesant. You can learn more at

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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:

Robert L. Greenberg '44
Richard C. Halpern '51
Daniel J. Ryan '53
Patrick H. Clancy '58
Louie Torrence '62
John P. Cunningham '63
Frank Edwards '83
Miguel Sanchez '83

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