Brooklyn Bred

To New Yorkers, Brooklyn Tech is known as one of the finest public high schools in the city. Founded in 1922 and dedicated to educating the brightest young minds in the city in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, the school has produced Nobel Prize winners, astronauts, inventors, and countless leaders of industry and commerce.

We’re proud that it has also produced generations of students who continued their educations at the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering after leaving its halls. Indeed, at one point in the history of the School of Engineering—at a time when it attracted mainly city residents--some 70 percent of all Brooklyn natives attending were graduates of Brooklyn Tech.
During the high school’s eagerly anticipated 2014 Homecoming Weekend, those shared alumni were also invited back to the School of Engineering, and on April 4, after enjoying a lunch at the iconic Junior’s, they gathered at the MetroTech Center to chat and meet with Dean Katepalli Sreenivasan.

Standing against a backdrop that read “Two Strong Traditions, One Even Stronger Future,” Sreenivasan quipped that although the motto referred to the recent merger between NYU and Poly, it could just as easily be applied to Brooklyn Tech and the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering. 

“The connection between the two institutions is strong, and it is ongoing,” Sreenivasan explained. “We are grateful to Brooklyn Tech for sending us so many stellar, well-prepared students, and we greatly value that relationship.”

Joy Colelli, director of enrollment management, also addressed the gathering, and as she explained the ways in which the school had changed over the years, she was met with murmurs of agreement and excitement. “While some of you may have had one or two women in your classes, now more than a quarter of our incoming freshman class was comprised of women, she said. “While most alumni from decades past were city residents who commuted, we now have students from all over the United States and the world, giving us a geographic diversity, and we have two residence halls, with 600 beds, to house them.”

Even the younger alumni marveled at the changes going on at the MetroTech Center in recent years alone. Maxime Moise (‘08) couldn’t remember a time when the elevated train ran right over Myrtle Avenue, as some of the older attendees described, but says, “Just the changes at Rogers Hall are amazing.”

Listening to the assembled alumni talk, it was clear that one thing would never change: their fondness for Brooklyn and for the two great schools that helped shape them.