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In this issue:
2011 Graduation
Top Grads
Girl's Handball Win
Golf Outing
Donors Circle
Alumni News

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Alumni Foundation Wins LOTOS Award
LOTOS Foundation Award

The prestigious Lotos Foundation has joined the New York City Council in funding Tech’s brand new, state-of-the-art DNA/Genetics Laboratory and Research Center, which opens this fall.

After the City Council provided funds for construction and equipment, continued support was still needed to cover the lab’s ongoing expense of supplies needed to conduct experiments. Alumni Foundation CEO Matt Mandery ’61 and Tech genetics instructor Stepanie Tzall applied for and won a Lotos Foundation grant for plant seeds, enzymes for DNA testing and other experiment-related supplies. [Read Full Story]

Two Graduation Ceremonies Held for Class of 2011

For the first time in school history, Brooklyn Tech held two graduation ceremonies due to the size of the Class of 2011: 1,162 graduates.

The 128th Commencement was held in the morning for Engineering, Arts and Social Studies majors and their guests, and the next ceremony began at 3:00 p.m. for Science and Math majors. [Read Full Story]

Profiles of Our Top Two Grads


He compiled an academic average above 100 (by taking multiple AP and honors courses), while majoring in Aerospace Engineering, and received a perfect score on his SAT exams. Yet, for Class of 2011 Valdedictorian Paul Napolitano, Tech was not just about academics.


Dmitry Slavnikov is a very competitive person, and so he was thrilled to hear that he had narrowly beaten out several other worthy candidates for Class of 2011 Salutatorian.

Dmitry had come a long way since arriving from the Ukraine as a ten - year- old. But the challenges of mastering English and adjusting socially did not deter him from excelling as a Bio Medical Engineering major at Tech.[Read Full Story]

CSI Team Solves Crime
  CSI Team in Action

Brooklyn Tech’s forensic team took home second place at the 11th Annual Forensics World CSI Challenge at Stony Brook University. The squad fell just one point short of Riverhead High School’s winning score, and team captain Louise Lingat ’11 says she was “so proud of my team”

Forensics World, an organization that engages students in innovative educational programs in forensic science, criminal investigation and criminal law, has offered the CSI Challenge in these fields since 2001. Students are provided with a realistic crime scene containing physical evidence and professional actors who portray the suspects. They must evaluate the crime scene, collect and scientifically examine the physical evidence, interrogate suspects, and present and defend their findings to law enforcement professionals
[Read Full Story]

Girls Capture City Handball Championship

The Brooklyn Tech Girls Handball team, after a two year lull, captured its third PSAL City Championship in five years with a resounding 4-1 victory over Bayside High School. The championship match capped a perfect 12-0 season for the Lady Engineers.

Susan Su ’12 got the team off on the right foot with a resounding 21-11 win. Singles star Samantha Feng ’12 also won her match as did the doubles teams of Dana Alizakhova ’12 & Emily Liu ’11 and Marissa Wong ’11 & Lianne Wen ’11.
[Read Full Story]

Golf Outing Benefits Football Program


On a bright June day, former Tech Engineers participated in the 3rd Annual Brooklyn Tech Golf Outing at the Marine Park Golf Course. Proceeds from the event benefitted the Adam J. Cirillo Scholarship Foundation and Brooklyn Tech Parents Football Club.

The outing has become one of Tech’s most enjoyable and successful fundraising events. More than 70 alums turned out, and 36 golfers took their hacks on the challenging 18 hole course. Rick Turnbull won bragging rights with his “closest to pin” shot, and Bill Donohue had the longest drive of the day.
[Read Full Story]
Join the Sustaining Donors Circle

Mr. Orr at Homecoming 2011

Last year, we told you about Floyd Orr ’55, an alum who began making small contributions each month to the Alumni Foundation. As Mr. Orr explained, “For ten years, I have given a small donation to Brooklyn Tech. I am grateful for my Brooklyn Tech education, and this is my way of saying ‘Thank you.”

Now you can conveniently follow Mr. Orr’s lead by enrolling in the SUSTAINING DONORS CIRCLE. [Read Full Story]

Alumni News

Nancy Leung ’98 and Yang Chu Zhou ’98 (Chuie)wed on April 20, 2011. High school sweethearts, they met at Brooklyn Tech the first day of school in 1994 and started dating their junior year on April 20th, the same day that will now mark their wedding anniversary. They returned to the school to take photos on their wedding day. Congratulations go out to the happy couple.

Peter J. Neckles ‘66,
has joined Duff & Phelps Corp. as a managing director in the Global Restructuring Advisory practice. Mr. Neckles has more than 30 years of restructuring and finance experience.


Lorenzo Charles ’81 died in a bus accident in North Carolina in June. His dunk in the final seconds of the 1983 NCAA championship game secured the victory for North Carolina State University over Houston. He was 47.

Raymond Jones '76
,, hit-making songwriter, producer and keyboardist for the band Chic, Whitney Houston, Patti Labelle, Stephanie Mills among others, and songs in five films by Spike Lee, died of pneumonia in Atlanta. He was 52.

Dr. Steven Shearing'52, Brooklyn Tech Hall of Famer and pioneer in cataract surgery and ophthalmology passed away this July. He invented the Shearing Lens, which has enabled millions of people to see better.

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