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Class of 1966

Ken D’Alessandro

May 10, 2023

Brooklyn Tech saved my life. I could have gone to my neighborhood high school and become just another goof-off. Whenever I think of Tech, which is often, I can’t help but reflect on what I do for a living and where I am professionally. It is my strong personal belief that none of it would have been possible without Tech.  I learned far more in high school than in college. I remember one day, while taking the first of two required mechanical drawing courses at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the teaching assistant, with whom I had no prior contact, walked up to my desk, looked at my quickly-finished perspective drawing, shook his head from side to side, muttered “Brooklyn Tech” and walked away without further comment. I was exempted from Mechanical Drawing II since there was nothing new they could teach me. When I was 19, I went to Zelf Self Service Machine Shop, a sadly long-gone Canal Street business, to fabricate some steel parts for a machine I was helping to build. Probably because of my youth Mr. Zelf asked me, “Why should I let you go anywhere near any of my [lathes and milling] machines?” I told him I had graduated from Brooklyn Tech. That was all he needed to hear before granting me access. While I do not know how many others share this feeling, I know for certain that Tech taught me how to think, organize, and analyze in order to solve problems and accomplish things. All of us were exposed to hands-on technology to a degree I do not think was possible at other New York City high schools. To this day I am not shy about taking apart broken electrical and mechanical things and am often able to repair them. Although I probably did not consider it at the time, SOS, on which I served for four years and held every rank except Captain (Fall ’65 and Spring ’66 slots held by my classmates Herb Henkel and Dennis Fagan), was an extremely valuable leadership training experience.

Class of 1963

Ron Vazzano

April 17, 2023

In the New York Times’ Metropolitan Diary, Sunday, April 16, 2023, I have a piece entitled “Orchard Street.” Technites who shopped on Orchard Street and remember it well might enjoy the lighthearted moment I once experienced while shopping there decades ago.

Class of 1951

Henry Sanoff

April 3, 2023

I graduated Brooklyn Tech in Aeronautical Technology in 1951. Studied architecture at Pratt Institute, BArch, March, 1962. Professor of Architecture, UC Berkeley, 1963-66; North Carolina State University (NCSU), 1966-2005.

I am Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the School of Architecture, College of Design, of North Carolina State University (NCSU), served as the USA editor of the Journal of Design Studies, and principal founder of the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA), established in 1969. I have lectured and been a visiting scholar at many universities worldwide. In my career, I have been the author of many articles and books, including Democratic Design, School Building Assessment Methods, Methods of Architectural Programming, Community Participation Methods in Design and Planning, Design Games, Integrating programming Evaluation and Participation in Design, Creating Environments for Young Children, and Visual Research Methods. Several are translated into Japanese, Korean, Polish, Spanish, and Russian. As a tribute, Woxsen University (Hyderabad, India) established the Henry Sanoff Chair Professorship of Architectural Design.

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Admir Cekic ’22

Oct 17, 2022 Updated: Oct 17, 2022 Technite Profiles, TechTimes, TechTimes Fall 2022 Stephanie Bakirtzis Jun 2, 2023 12:07 am

Admir Cekic ’22 is a Centennial Class graduate.


Richard S. Abramson ’63

Jan 27, 2023 Updated: Jan 27, 2023 Technite Profiles, Titans of Tech, Uncategorized Stephanie Bakirtzis Jun 2, 2023 12:07 am

Richard S. Abramson ’63 Richard S. Abramson ’63 was Senior Vice President and Senior Managing Director of AllianceBernstein for 37 years. He passed away in 2016 after a battle with multiple myeloma. He was President of The Washington Institute for Near East Policy and served on the investment committees of…


Maurice Ashley ’83

Jan 12, 2022 Updated: Jan 12, 2022 Technite Profiles aharris Jun 2, 2023 12:07 am

Maurice is not only the first African-American Chess Grandmaster, he is also a three-time national championship coach, author, ESPN commentator, iPhone app designer, puzzle inventor and motivational speaker.


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World’s Largest Advanced Placement Program

Dec 9, 2021 Updated: Dec 9, 2021 News aharris Jun 2, 2023 12:07 am

The world’s largest Advanced Placement program; a nine-story building with aerospace lab, a unique college-like system of majors; 187 clubs and activities; and 37 PSAL sports teams differentiate Brooklyn Tech from other specialized high schools in NYC’s ‘Elite 8’


Wilton Cedeño ’82: Economic Development Power 75

Dec 6, 2021 Updated: Dec 6, 2021 Technites in the News aharris Jun 2, 2023 12:07 am

Wilton Cedeno, former director of regulatory affairs for Con Edison, monitors and seeks to shape state energy policy for Con Edison, a massive utility company that provides electric and gas service to residents – and businesses – in New York City and Westchester County.


Where Are They Now: Mike D’Amato ’59, New York Jets

Dec 23, 2021 Updated: Dec 23, 2021 Technites in the News aharris Jun 2, 2023 12:07 am

From when Mike D’Amato was a high school senior at Brooklyn Tech to when he was a two-time Middle Conference All-Star safety and kick- and punt-returner, as well as a second-team All-American lacrosse attackman at Hofstra in 1968, life happened.


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