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  • 2016 Polytechnic Alumni Annual Meeting & Elections

    The annual election of International Board of Directors of the Polytechnic Institute Alumni Association, Inc. will take place at the Annual Meeting on Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at 6:00 PM sharp in Bern Dibner, LC400, Five MetroTech, Brooklyn, NY 11201. All alumni are invited to attend and vote for (5) International Board of Director members who will serve a three-year term, begining July 1, 2016. Reception from 5:30 PM - 6:00 PM.


    The annual election of officers and directors of the Polytechnic Institute Alumni Association, Inc. will take place at the Annual Meeting on Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at promptly  6:00PM in Rogers Hall, RH116 , Six MetroTech Brooklyn, NY. Reception at 5:30PM. All alumni are invited to attend and vote.  Officers (two-year term):

  • Superstorm Sandy’s Salty Legacy

    Superstorm Sandy’s Salty Legacy

    Sal DePrisco (’82) knows full well the value of an NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering degree in chemical engineering. Although he graduated during one of the worst economic recessions in recent memory, he immediately received multiple job offers. He settled on a position with General Foods, working as a Process Engineer in the Plant Engineering Department of Maxwell House Coffee, at the Hoboken, NJ facility. “A million pounds a day were processed there,” he says.

  • Bell Labs Fellow—That Has a Nice Ring to It

    Bell Labs Fellow—That Has a Nice Ring to It

    “In sixth grade, I ran an antenna wire around my classroom,” Walter Honcharenko (’89, ’90, ’93) recalls. “My teacher thought I was crazy, but we were able to receive an AM news broadcast on a crystal radio wound on an oatmeal container. Later, in high school, I was the one in the background at the one and only school radio station in NYC, WHIL Radio 680 on the AM dial turning the knobs and fixing the turntables.”

  • Reaching for the Stars: Astronaut Alums Return to Brooklyn

    Reaching for the Stars: Astronaut Alums Return to Brooklyn

    “It’s definitely the blue jumpsuits,” Lee Morin joked. “If we took these off, we’d fade into anonymity.” Morin was speaking while shaking hands, signing autographs, and posing for cell-phone photos with excited fans who had come out to hear him speak, along with fellow astronauts Charles Camarda and Paolo Nespoli, at “Speakers on the Square…Astronauts in Brooklyn,” an event sponsored by the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering and the NYU Alumni Association.

  • Remembering a Professor’s Patience, Guidance, and Acumen

    Imagine arriving at the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering as a newly-minted doctoral student. You’re eager to start going down the road to earning your PhD, but there are a few significant obstacles in your path. The first is that English is your second language and you are nowhere near fluent; writing is particularly difficult for you. The second is that you’ve come to Brooklyn with spouse and child in tow; you will somehow have to attend to the needs of your family in addition to devoting yourself to your studies.

  • Letter from the PIAA President

    Letter from the PIAA President

    Dear Fellow Alumni, It’s a pleasure to be addressing you through the pages of a magazine devoted exclusively to you and your alma mater. The fact that you are reading Cable means that you’re already interested and engaged in what’s going on at the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering, and I hope that you will find the articles contained in this issue an exciting look at all that’s brewing here.

  • Interacting on the Intercoastal

    Interacting on the Intercoastal

    When they took a group of NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering alumni on a Delray Yacht Cruise sightseeing trip down the Intercoastal Waterway in February 2014, the crew on board the Lady Atlantic could not have been more professional or accommodating. The narration was informative and the weather was ideal. The cruise was followed by lunch at 50 Ocean, an elegant restaurant overlooking Delray Beach, where alumni and their guests enjoyed a tasty meal, skillfully prepared and artfully served. But while the group unquestionably appreciated the cruising and dining, its members had also convened for a more serious purpose: to discuss the state of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education in Florida and to brainstorm about ways in which they could help.

  • A Multi-Borough Back-to-School Day

    A Multi-Borough Back-to-School Day

    “About the only thing that still looks the same is the Brooklyn Bridge,” Lawrence Lapson joked. He was just one of the many members of the Golden Jubilee class marveling at the changes undergone by the school— and Brooklyn itself—since they graduated in 1964. Members of Lapson’s class— along with fellow alumni from all decades—gathered on the last weekend in April to rem- inisce, hear an address from Dean Katepalli Sreenivasan, view a presentation on wom- en in engineering, and see the hit Broadway show Jersey Boys. In one respect, that musical may have been an appropriate choice for the Class of ’64, given that it features tunes that many of them remember fondly from their formative years. In another respect, however, this was not a crowd overly nostalgic for New Jersey—their hearts decidedly belonged to Brooklyn.

  • Getting a Job that Floats Your Boat

    Getting a Job that Floats Your Boat

    Within minutes of walking into the Electric Boat Corporation, which had been established in 1899 to build the world’s first practical submarine, the 54-foot-long Holland, Mitchell Shinbrot (’83BSME) knew he had found the place he wanted to work. The company’s bustling shipyard, which he toured during the interview process, seemed like a wonderland to him, and when he was offered a job as an associate engineer, he eagerly accepted.