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Upcoming Events
Educational Programs
New Board Members
Where are they now?
In Memoriam


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Brooklyn Tech 2013 Graduation
2013 Hall of Fame Inductees2013 Graduates

More than 1,200 of New York City’s brightest students  graduated from Brooklyn Tech this year, and sent off to many of the nation’s top colleges, in a historic first – commencement at the Barclays Center.

The 131st Commencement marked the first time the ceremonies were held outside the school, and Brooklyn Tech was the only high school to hold its commencement at the acclaimed new arena.

The new venue was welcomed not only for the dramatic setting, but because of the improvements it enabled.

As Tech’s enrollment has climbed, it became necessary to split graduation into two ceremonies. With this year’s change in venue all 1200+ seniors and their families took part in one grand ceremony, and each attendee thoroughly enjoyed the benefits of indoor air-conditioning, something Tech does not yet have in the auditorium. [Read Full Story]


Upcoming Events

Career Day - Wednesday, October 9th

Brooklyn Tech Career Day 2012

The Brooklyn Tech Alumni Foundation is excited to offer Career Day during regular school hours on Wednesday, October 9th.

To register please complete this form before August 15, 2013.  To refer friends and colleagues please complete this form.

Raymond Jones '76 Concert, Friday, November 15th at 7:00PM

Ray Jones Piano

Dale E. Foy in Association with Geoffrey L. Garfield '76
The Richard Allen Center for Culture and Art and The Black Stars of The Great White Way
A Chapman Roberts Concert
A Dazzling Broadway Salute and Musical Reunion.For more informaiton please visit this link to Save The Date

Tech Celebration, Thursday, November 21st at 6:30PM

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 additional details regarding nominations please visit this page: before August 14th.

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Volunteer Recruitment - middle school outreach project
The Brooklyn Tech Alumni Foundation is working with Brooklyn Tech to establish several small teams each comprised of a parent, student, faculty member, and alumnus to visit Brooklyn middle schools during the High School Admissions season to champion Brooklyn Tech and the Tech experience. We are specifically looking for Tech graduates from the mid 90’s through 2009, who attended middle school in Brooklyn, and who are available during the day and/or weekday evenings from mid September through the end of October. There will be several evening training sessions in early September; volunteers need to be comfortable working within a team setting and speaking in front of groups of students and parents.

In order for you to be considered for this project, we ask that you complete the form on this page and submit no later than August 15th. Thank you.


Educational Programs

NationalGrid/ Brooklyn Tech STEM Pipeline Program for Middle School Students

Brooklyn Tech Graeduation 2013National Grid Partners

This July, Brooklyn Technical High School in collaboration with the Brooklyn Tech Alumni Foundation and National Grid launched a program to introduce Middle School students to the exciting world of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The program is designed to develop the next generation of STEM leaders by opening the world of science and technology to middle school students and prepare them for the challenges facing them in high school and college. This is a true pipeline experience as it reaches out to middle school students, nurtures them through middle school and shepherds them through Brooklyn Tech, college and into an engineering/ technology career, possibly at National Grid....

New Weston Research Scholar Cohort Begin While Current Weston Scholars are at Research Sites

This summer, a group of Brooklyn Tech rising sophomores becomes the second cohort in the Weston Research Scholars Program. These students will be introduced to the world of research by a team of five Brooklyn Tech teachers who will serve as their mentors during their sophomore, junior and senior years. Each of the mentors has experience in conducting research in such diverse areas as engineering, chemistry, biology, and veterinarian medicine.... 
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Meet the New Board Members!

The Alumni Foundation Board of Directors is pleased to announce the election of three new board members. Allow us to introduce you to three accomplished and dedicated alums, who share your love and appreciation for all things Tech:

Penelope Kokkinides '87

Penelope Kokkinides '87  has more than 15 years of experience in the health care industry, specializing in Medicare, Medicaid and managed care. She is currently the Chief Operating Officer of InnovaCare Health Services. After Tech, Penelope studied biology and languages at Binghamton University, then earned Master’s degrees from NYU (social work) and Columbia (public health). She is now completing a doctorate in public health from Walden University....

Amy Kong

Amy Kong '99 , CFA, is Managing Director/ Senior Portfolio Manager for Fiduciary Trust Company International. She double-majored in economics and mathematics at Barnard College, completed an Executive MBA at Columbia, and is fluent in Cantonese and Mandarin. She has been a rising star in the field of private wealth management for ten years.

Laurie C. Zephyrin '92

Laurie C. Zephyrin '92, MD, MPH, MBA was inducted into the Brooklyn Tech Alumni Hall of Fame last May, the first female to be so honored. She is a physician, health policy maker, public health leader and health systems innovator.

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Where Are They Now?

John Tobin

Mr. John Tobin retired as the principal of Brooklyn Tech in June 1992. After Tech Mr. Tobin took on the challenge of developing apprenticeship training for the workforce of Siemens (North America). In this role, 23 apprenticeship training, Tech Prep and community college sites were established in North America where lessons from Siemens German training shops were adapted into the American company. Concurrently, Mr. Tobin became the Executive Vice President of the Siemens Foundation where he was credited with developing and directing the Siemens Westinghouse Science and Technology awards. He also established the Siemens recognition of Advanced Placement students and teachers in American high schools....

George Sirrakos '01

George Sirrakos ’01 joined the NYC Teaching Fellows and taught high school science in the Bronx while concurrently earning his M.S.Ed. in Science Education from Lehman College. His wife’s love for traveling, took George to Dresden, Germany where he taught science at the Dresden International School. Since his return to NYC, George completed his Ph.D. in Science Education and, together with his wife, welcomed their daughter, Grace Antonia. George recently accepted a position as an associate professor of secondary science education at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania...

Felicia Corbet ;02

Felicia Corbett '02 was born and raised in Brooklyn NY and attended Brooklyn Technical HS from 1998-2002. She obtained her Bachelors in Psychology in 2006 at St. John’s University and her Masters in Psychology in Education in 2007 at Teachers College, Columbia University. In the fall of that same year she started the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program at St. Johns’ University. During her graduate career Felicia served as a research fellow for the Child HELP Partnership (formerly the PARTNERS Program). Felicia recently graduated in May 2013 with her PhD in clinical psychology and returned to the Child HELP Partnership as a full-time therapist for Project CONNECT; a program that provides counseling for children and families who have been exposed to violence...

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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:

Betty J. Mayer
Christ Cachules '36
Richard Matheson '43
Eugene I. Littman '45
John J. Ziccarelli '45
Harold M. Brewster '46
Kirk K. Kazarian '48
Walter L. Thompson '60


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