Brooklyn Tech Alumni Foundation
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Brooklyn Tech Internships
Upcoming Events
New Directions Series
Where are they now?
In Memoriam


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The Brooklyn Technical H.S./Brooklyn Tech Alumni Foundation Internship Program is doing extremely well thanks to the generous support of Tech alumni. Internship opportunities have been provided in a wide range of career fields, and many of the internships are directly connected to what the students are learning in their majors. Student evaluations and employer evaluations both indicate that the internship program is rewarding and mutually beneficial.

In the current school year, over 200 Tech students are participating in the program, choosing from 69 internship opportunities posted  on the school website.  Over the past 5 years, over 40 Tech alumni have provided or been instrumental in helping to secure internships for our program... If you are interested in assisting us with meaningful internships please... [Read Full Story]


Upcoming Events

February 6 - Brooklyn Tech Networking at SideBar, NYC

March 5 - An Evening for Tech alumni parents and their Tech students

March 9 – Ruby Reception at Brooklyn Tech

April 19-20 – Homecoming Celebration at Brooklyn Tech

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New Directions Series

As part of Brooklyn Tech’s 90th Anniversary year, the Alumni Foundation and the school are bringing noted scholars and business leaders to the school for a series of “New Directions” lectures that focus on new developments in STEM (science, math engineering and technology) education. Alumni are invited to attend.

Next up in the series: Anthony S. Bartolomeo ’70, CEO and President of the Pennoni Associates engineering firm and Professor Franklin L. Moon, Drexel University. On March 14th they will discuss new dimensions of civil engineering, including the partnership between Brooklyn Tech, Pennoni and Drexel, in which Tech students visit an actual “smart bridge” to study advances in bridge engineering.

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Brooklyn Tech Drama Class
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On January 9th, Mrs Tuckman's drama class took their the form of a full-fledged performance in the auditorium. Students were in charge of directing, costumes, set design, dramaturgy (research) and performing. Each individual handed in a formal promptbook documenting their work. The result was a full day of Shakespeare performances, with each class' Shakespeare play representing the personality of their class. The second period did Much Ado About Nothing, the fifth did a "Mafia" Hamlet, the sixth did Othella (a lesbian Othello), the eighth did a 1960s version of As You Like It, and the ninth did Midsummer Night's Dream. The audience included our very own drama team member, Jen Sandella, class of 2001.

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The Brooklyn Tech wrestling team won the city wide PSAL Championship on Tuesday, January 29th, defeating Cardozo in the first four matches and securing the PSAL Dual meet title with a 52-14 win. This year Brooklyn Tech held on to a very impressive 16-0 overall record (14-0 in PSAL). Sr. co-captain Kevin Tynes 195lbs. (3 individual tournament titles this season, accepted early decision to Stanford University) and Sr. Shaquille Williams 285lbs. (2 individual tournament titles this season, earned an 8th place finish at the highly competitive Eastern States Classic tournament) are both ranked #1 in the PSAL in their respective weight classes.

On Friday, January 18th, the Brooklyn Tech Football team celebrated the team's 70th annual football dinner, while also awarding a senior football player with the Adam J. Cirillo Scholarship. Over 200 players, coaches, families and alumni celebrated the event at Sirico's in Bay Ridge. The $20,000 scholarship was awarded to offensive/defensive lineman Benjamin Haye. 4th Team All-State running back James Gales, has committed to Princeton University. Defensive end Thomas Plonski has committed to Villanova University. Wide receiver Kyvaune Brammer has committed to Fordham University. These players will make these verbal commitments official by signing letters of intent on National Signing Day, February 6th.[Read Full Story]


Where Are They Now?

Dr. Sidney Levitsky ’53, is the David W. and David Cheever Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, the Director of Cardiothoracic Surgery at CAREGROUP and the Senior Vice Chairman, Department of Surgery at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

John Mustaro ’63 earned a BSEE degree from Brooklyn Polytechnic and is a Licensed Professional Engineer in the State of NY. He is a Technical Services Superintendent for the South East Region of the New York Power Authority.

Robert Prendimano ’73 graduated NYC Community College in 1976 and started working at Household Finance Corp as a Branch Representative in 1976. While there he worked his way up to Branch Manager and AVP District Manager. He left Household in 1993 and worked in the Mortgage field with other companies as Vice President Regional Manger. Robert returned to Household Finance in 2005, where he remained until his retirement in 2008. He currently works with his son in-law doing mortgages.

Paulette Clark ’83 is a freelance professional with over twenty years of highly successful film/entertainment production and project management experience. Paulette has been a production coordinator, production manager, and producer on numerous features, films, independent projects and television productions, working for and with many credited directors/actors.

Carol Cunningham '83 has been employed by MTA- New York City Transit for over 12 years. Currently employed as a Materiels Management Supervisor, managing a staff of employees involved in the record retention/destruction of NYCT's purchase orders/contractual documents, as well as maintaining necessary inventories.

Denice Ware '83 - 30 years after graduation, Denice can be found at Verizon’s corporate headquarters in Basking Ridge, NJ where she is a Human Resources Business Partner for the Corporate Strategy and Public Policy, Law and Security organizations.

Evelyn Alvarez '93 founded a program, Prom King, which won the 2012 Holiday Hackathon for Social Good. Through Prom King, Evelyn is using skills acquired in 15 years in the nonprofit industry to solicit donations of formal clothing for boys and young men ages 10-25.

Yasmin Blackburn '93 is an immigration attorney in Bridgeport, Connecticut. She is also general counsel to Chris Omar Industries. Miss Blackburn recently completed the Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI), a civic leadership group designed to teach parents and people interested in children how to advocate on their behalf.

Dean Panayides ’03 currently serves as a Staff Attorney for the non-profit National Veterans Legal Services Program in Washington, DC where he represents veterans before the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.

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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:

Bernard (Bernie) Hallam ’37
Howard W. Vreeland ’38
Carl Vella '41
Alexander Pikulik '42
Robert C. Curry '43
William E. Ehni ’43
Thomas Economon ’51
Dr. Carl E. Fabian ’52
Peter J. Havel ’53
Theodore (Ted) Blumenstock ’54
Alphonse DiPalma '54
Louis Andrew Ramsay III ’80
Karen Rodgers-Dennis '83
Geraldine (Gerry) Johnson Brennan ’84
Pamela Smith '84
Michael D. Lewis ’85
Frank Barry ’86

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