John D. O'Bryant Boston Tech Alumni Association

Dr. Richard L. O’Bryant, Class of 1982

Dr. Richard L. O’Bryant is director of the John D. O’Bryant African-American Institute at Northeastern University – named in remembrance of his dad. Upon graduating from Boston Technical High School, Dr. O’Bryant received his undergraduate degree in computer systems engineering from Howard University and a Ph.D. in urban and regional studies from MIT in 2004. At the John D. O’Bryant African-American Institute Dr. O’Bryant oversees educational and cultural programs, services and activities focused on African American students.  Under his vision and leadership the African- American Institute has become more engaged with many aspects of Northeastern University including academic components, community outreach efforts, connecting with the NU Black alumni and the enhancement of the breadth and depth of programs and services offered.  

Alumnus of the Season

Dr. O'Bryant is also an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science, senior research fellow at the Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy and a lecturer in the College of Professional Studies. Dr. O’Bryant has been named Alumnus of the Season for his contributions to the community and to the John D. O’Bryant Boston Tech Alumni Association. Dr. O’Bryant was integral in the success of last summer’s Alumni Cookout, which allowed alumni to gather, play games, and network. Without Dr. O’Bryant’s involvement, the event would not have been possible.

Thomas Hayden, Class of 1957

Thomas Hayden is the author of No Smoking in the Triangle. This is no ordinary literary piece; No Smoking in the Triangle actually details the history of our school from when it began in 1893 all the way to 1960. One of his favorite classes at Tech was Forge Shop, in which students learned how to heat metal and shape it by beating it with a hammer against an anvil. He still has many of the items he produced, including a three-link welded chain.


"To me it's the perfect symbol for our alumni association, since it demonstrates how the association can link "yesterday, today and tomorrow." Hayden has done extensive research for the book, going as far as searching through newspaper articles from the 19th century.  It is for his commitment to unifying the three eras of Mechanic Arts, Boston Technical and John D. O’Bryant that he deserves to be the first Alumnus of the Season. (Winter 2015-2016) 

Do you know someone who deserves to be Alumnus of the Season? Go to the Contact page and submit the name of the alumnus with their graduation year and a few sentences on why he or she should be AoS. Use subject line Alumnus of the Season.