Alumni

RIT : Ivan Lee

For archive (Updated on February 26, 2019)

Ivan Lee and family

Golden Sponsor

On the morning of October 5, 2000, Ivan (U Khin Maung Oo, M69) called me and asked how he can support the “RIT Alumni International” Activities. He earlier donated $360 to cover the hard costs of running the http:/www.ex-rit.org web site for a year. .

He had written a check of $1200. He would donate $1000 to the SPZP and $200 to the Alumni General Fund. When I thanked him, he said,

“I’m not donating to your pocket. I’m donating for a good cause. The time you’ve put in definitely much more than $1200. I want you guys to set up a formal organization and a permanent fund”.

He became a Golden Sponsor for SPZP-2000. There were five Golden Sponsors:

  • David Ko (U Tin Myint, M67)
  • Ivan Lee (U Khin Maung Oo, M69)
  • Steeve Kay (U Thaung Sein, EC70)
  • Benny Tan (Tan Yu Beng, M70)
  • U Maung Maung Than (M79)

E-mail about study and work

Ivan wrote to Daniel Tint Lwin (M69), Saya U Aung Myint (M69) and KMZ (EC76, Web master) ;

I have been staying at East Brunswick, New Jersey, USA for a long time [more than 25 years in 2000]. EB is a small nice town between New York City (40 miles south) and Philadelphia (60 miles).

I got my MIME in 1976 from Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, NYC [New York City[. I am holding both NYS [New York State] and NJS [New Jersey State] PE [Professional Engineering] licenses. Back in 1974, I was working as a nuclear engineer in a Nuclear Power Plant. By 1982, I was working as an senior mechanical engineer at the major chemical/petrochemical plants. I performed planning, scheduling, design, specification, procurement, construction management, client interfacing, trouble shooting, etc. — you name it. In 1988. I purchased the engineering and construction firm where I was chief engineer and operation manager. In 1992 I purchased a garden apartment with 46 units and established a realty company. In 1996 I purchased a co-generation power plant which produces power and steam/hot water to the hospitals, but this one was not doing great, so I gave up within two years. I slowed down my engineering and construction business in 1998. The only business I am working as a part time is the real estate business. I also own two office building and two single family houses. I also have a beach house at the NJ shore spending most summer there.

I have two adult daughters. The elder one graduated from Cornell University with Mechanical Engineering Degree and is working as a financial institution at Wall Street in NYC. The younger one graduated from an artist college and is doing photo for Amazon website advertisement in New York City. My wife is from Burma as well. We never returned there, since we immigrated.

I spend my time purchasing/selling stocks daily, managing the real estate business and playing Bridge [a card game] that is my hobby. I am a Bronze Life Master in ACBL (American Contract Bridge League).

That is. This is my life. One more thing I would like to add is when my wife and I came here to USA, all we had was $60 plus $1200 air tickets loan from Pan Am.

Most of our class mates and friends are smart, intelligent, and willing to work. But a few has business mind to motivate or establish their wealth. I will talk to you more if you are interested.

Talking about donation, last year, I proposed to the Myanmar/Burmese Ambassador in Washington, DC, to donate my engineering documents, books, technical catalogs, etc to Myanmar/Burma. The offer was not accepted.

Does RIT has email address? I’d like to email to the staff of RIT. I like to say “Hello” to Naw Mu Mu Aye (T69). I heard she is the Head of Textile Department at RIT.

Ivan’s philosophy

In another e-mail, Ivan wrote :

I have helped at least 75 relatives people immigrate to USA. I have sponsored at least 200 relatives, classmate, friends to USA without spending a penny to the lawyer. I had provided air tickets fees, lodging facilities, food, and transportation. I also helped most of them look for suitable jobs for most of them. I also arranged their children to go to school. This is not an easy assignment, need a huge heart to do that. My wife is of tremendous help in doing these projects. It took us more than 10 years on a consistent basis to do the projects.

I donated about $1,000,000 to my childhood school via Ko Aung Myint back in 1991/92. The school has 1000 students. They have named their assembly hall after me.

The message I like to offer is when you are available, you should be able to contribute your assets (including knowledge, money, personal involvement etc.) back to the society.

Editor’s note

Ivan is a major donor for the Health Care Fund for the class of 69. Good job

He has six grand children.

He is now Life Gold for Bridge (Card game).

For several years, he hosted the annual RIT-UCC Gathering (usually with Sayagyi Dr. Aung Gyi and Saya U Soe Paing as Honored Guests).

He invited me in 2015. He organized a whirlwind trip to Canada and East Coast.

This year’s gathering took place on June 30, 2018. He organized another trip to Canada to pay homage to Saya U Aung Khin in Windsor and Saya Dr. Aung Gyi in Napean, Ottawa.


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