At the Milo Kessler ’21 Memorial held Wednesday, January 4th in Brooklyn Tech’s Room 5N7, five outstanding seniors in Tech’s Applied Mathematics majors — Cyrus Castellanos, Ela Ekincioglu, Rommy Sasson, Dan Viderman, and Jitian Wang — received the inaugural Milo Kessler ’21 Math Major Fellowship Awards for their outstanding math-focused projects, initiatives and outreach efforts in the world beyond Tech.
We are deeply grateful to the Kessler family and friends for choosing to honor Milo's memory by supporting Brooklyn Tech students. The Milo Kessler '21 Math Majors Fellow Fund provides rising seniors majoring in Math grants that can be used over the summer before their senior years to work, study, intern, or conduct research in the Mathematics field.
At the reception, overflowing with recent Math alumni, Milo’s friends, classmates, and family members, Math major teachers, administrators, and Alumni Foundation team and board members, a plaque was dedicated: “In Memory of Milo Kessler ’21: A superstar Brooklyn Tech Applied Math Major who loved nothing more than working on a math problem and recognized that math is everywhere and everywhere is math.”
Speakers at the event included Dr. Thomas Blozy, Milo’s father Daryl Kessler, Dr. Mathew Mandery ’61, Principal David Newman, and several Math teachers, administrators, and Class of 2021 Math alumni. All remembered Milo for his brilliance, sense of humor, humble nature, and generous and tenacious spirit.
Meet the Fellows
Cyrus Castellanos – Cyrus is a member of the Thrive Scholars Program at Amherst College, taking advanced math classes along with critical thinking and writing classes. Cyrus is interested in studying applied mathematics and economics in college.
Ela Ekincioglu – Ela is a member of the BioBus Women in STEM Internship at Columbia’s Zuckerman Institute. Ela conducts science/statistics outreach to underprivileged children interested in STEM. Ela has created and led her own research project with the guidance of a mentor on Nicotine Effects on Organisms and is interested in studying Biomedical Engineering in college.
Rommy Sasson – Rommy is taking advanced math classes through Stanford and Johns Hopkins and has performed mathematical research on Integrate and Fire Neuron Models. Rommy is currently performing research with the Garcia Center Research Program at Stony Brook University and is Vice President of MATHx. Rommy is interested in studying pure mathematics in college, with an eye towards research.
Dan Viderman – Dan is Founder and President of MATHx, a summer camp to help students from all backgrounds develop fundamental competitive mathematics knowledge. Dan planned, developed, and organized the summer camp and is interested in studying applied math in college.
Jitian Wang – Jitian is the lead teacher and tutor for MATHx and volunteered several hours every day teaching middle and high school students math topics relevant to competition math. Jitian is interested in studying business with mathematics in college.
In Memory of Milo Kessler ’21: A superstar Brooklyn Tech Applied Math Major who loved nothing more than working on a math problem and recognized that math is everywhere and everywhere is math.
The Milo Kessler '21 Math Majors Fellow Fund
The Milo Kessler '21 Math Majors Fellow Fund provides rising senior students majoring in Math Grants that can be used over the summer before their senior years to work, study, intern, or conduct research in the Mathematics field.
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