GBNF : Sayas and sayamas

For archive (Updated on February 7, 2019)

Deans and Rectors

U Ba Hli

Sayagyi U Ba Hli was the first native Dean to head the Faculty of Engineering of Rangoon University. He transferred from GTI where he was Principal and Professor of Civil Engineering to the Faculty of Engineering.

Per request from Sayagyi U Aung Khin (retired Professor and Head of Mechanical Engineering), Sayagyi Dr. Freddie Ba Hli (EE) — the only son — wrote about his beloved father for the commemorative issue of “RIT Alumni International Newsletter” for SPZP-2000. They have been re-posted in the newsletter updates and in the RIT Alumni Facebook Pages. Sayagyi passed away in his house on U Wisara Road in Rangoon.

Tribute to U Ba Hli

Dr. Maung Maung Kha

Saya was Professor and Head of Physics Department at Rangoon University. He was one of the four Interim Deans (along with Dr. Htin Aung, Dr. Tha Hla and U Po Tha) for Faculty of Engineering, Rangoon University to succeed U Ba Hli.

Sayagyi plays the violin well, and used to accompany Saya U Ba Kyi (famous Artist and “translator/composers of songs”) singing “Hne Yauk Hte Nay Chin De” in Myanmar/Burmese and English.
Sayagyi passed away in Yangon a few years back.

Dr. Htin Aung

Saya served as

  • Rector of Rangoon University
  • Vice Chancellor of Rangoon University
  • Interim Dean of the Faculty of Engineering
Dr. Htin Aung

U Yone Mo

He served as Chief Engineer (or higher) at Burma Railways. He was appointed Dean of Engineering at the BIT Gyogone Campus, and became Rector of RIT under the then new Education System.

Grapevine says that Sayagyi is a proponent of taking naps to keep one healthy.

Saya U Kyaw Sein experienced the gentle nature of Sayagyi and recorded in comments under Sayagyi’s photo in the RIT Alumni Facebook Pages.

U Maung Maung Than

Saya retired as Rector.

Saya earlier served as Professor of Textile Engineering Department.

Saya chaired the RIT Sports Council.

Saya’s hobbies include Chinlon and Music.

Electrical Engineering Sayas

EE Sayas
Article from SPZP-2010
Article (continued)
Article (End)

U Kyaw Tun

The group photo of the “30th (or so) reunion of the Final Year Engineering Students in 1948 and 49” showed Sayagyi U Kyaw Tun.
Sayagyi joined the Department of Electrical Engineering and he continued teaching until his retirement.
He recruited Saya C. Ping Lee to join EE department in 1950.
“Doctor” Tin Aung Win wrote a short note about his beloved father-in-law.

C. Ping Lee

Saya U Kyaw Tun recruited Saya C. Ping Lee to join the Electrical Engineering, BOC College. He transferred to the Directorate of Technical Education and Vocational Training at the request of H.E. U Than Aung (his Burmese teacher at St. Paul’s).

Dr. Win Aung (M 62) wrote about his beloved father in the “Post Reunion” series of SPZP-2000. The articles by Dr. Win Aung, Saya U Htin Paw (EE 58), U Aw Taik Moh (C54), Saya Dr. San Hla Aung (C58) have references to Saya C. Ping Lee.

Saya passed away in Berkeley, CA in 1987. His former students included the late Professor Saya U Sein Hlaing, Electrical.

U Sein Hlaing

Sayagyi was a Gold Medalist at MIT.

Sayagyi was Professor of Electrical Engineering. He taught at BIT/RIT until retirement.

Sayagyi passed away a few years after retirement.

U Tin Swe

U Tin Swe was member of the Prome Football Team

Please read the article “A Sad and Short Clip : EE Sayas”.

U Sein Win

Please read the article “A Sad and Short Clip : EE Sayas”.

Saya is also featured in “Memories from UCC”.

Dr. Freddie Ba Hli

Dr. F Ba Hli in Sydney, 2006

Saya served as Director General and taught part time at EE Department.

He retired as National Advisor at the Ministry of National Planning and Finance.

He passed away in Sydney, Australia in his 90s.

U Thein Lwin

Saya U Thein Lwin’s birthday in Singapore

Saya taught at RIT and Singapore Polytechnic. He was President of the RIT Badminton Association.

Dr. San Tint

Dr. San Tint visiting Seattle after SPZP-2000

Please read the article “A Sad and Short Clip : EE Sayas”.

U Soe Min

Please read the article “A Sad and Short Clip : EE Sayas”.

U Chin Way

Saya joined RIT in 1963.
Saya was active in SPARK.
Grapevine says that Saya was offered a job [promptly] by his interviewers after learning that their boss U Tun Aung (Jeffrey, EC68) was a student of Saya.
Saya passed away in the US.

U Tin Shwe

Sayadaw U Tin Shwe

U Tin Shwe taught at RIT and ABAC.

He became a monk after retirement.

His demise is lamented in “To the Shwe Duo”.

U Kyaw Lwin

Saya rowed for RIT.

RIT Eights
RIT Eights

Daw Nyunt Nyunt Ye

Sayama Daw Nyunt Nyunt Ye (EP72) is the widow of Saya U Sein Hlaing.

She passed away on Jan 05, 2000. She was Head of Electrical Engineering (Power) Department at RIT/YIT/MIT.

Mechanical Engineering Sayas

U Tin Hlaing

Sayagyi U Aung Khin wrote “A tribute to Saya U Tin Hlaing” for SPZP-2000.
The article has been re-posted in the newsletter updates and in the RIT Alumni Facebook Pages.
Saya U Tin Hlaing studied at Purdue University. Saya headed the [then newly formed] Agricultural Sub-Department under the Mechanical Engineering Department.

U Han Tun

Dr. Chan Nyein

Obituary of Dr. Chan Nyein

Saya retired as Minister of Education.

U Hla Thwin

It took five days or so before the neighbors learned about the demise of Saya U Hla Thwin.

U Myo Win

U Myo Win and Auto Club members

Saya U Myo Win rowed for RIT.
He contributed some articles to “RIT Alumni International Newsletter”.
There are GBNF posts containing memories and reflections of his former sayas, colleagues and students.

Civil Engineering Sayas

Allen Htay

Article by Saya Allen Htay
Saya’s Allen’s books are now in YTU Library

Saya is founder and President of RIT Alumni International.

In Saya Allen’s memory, Daw Mu Mu Kin sponsored YTU Scholarships.

U Win Maung

Saya U Win Maung (C) was active as a “Lan Zin Lu Nge” Organizer.

U Myint Soe

Saya U Myint Soe (C68) is an Old Paulian.

U Aye Win Kyaw

U Aye Win Kyaw

Saya U Aye Win Kyaw (C70) taught Astronomy at MARB.

He passed away in Pyin Oo Lwin. His family suffered a double tragedy. Saya’s son, who was visiting Saya at the clinic, passed away — with injuries caused by electrocution while taking a shower.

Textile Engineering Sayas

Daw Tin Tin Ohn

Saya Daw Tin Tin Ohn (Amy Thwin, T 61) was among the pioneering female students at BIT.
Sayama passed away in the mid-1990s of cancer.
Her younger sister Daw Ni Ni Thwin (Dolly Thwin, Textile 64)
also passed away in the late 1990s.

U Shwe Yi

Saya U Shwe Yi taught at RIT until retirement. I met Saya’s daughter-in-law (Guest speaker at the San Francisco Bay Area Literary Talks).

U Hla Shwe

U Hla Shwe

Saya U Hla Shwe taught at RIT retirement.

His demise is lamented in “To the Shwe Duo”.

Architecture Sayas

U Tha Tun

Saya U Tha Tun was a frequent guest at my late uncle’s house.

Saya is remembered in the article “Two songs” by Saya Dr. Koung Nyunt (A67) — written with the assistance of U Than Tun (A65).

U Kyaw Min

He is the eldest son of Wunna Kyaw Htin U Ba Gyaw and Daw Aye Kyi. He studied at MIT and taught part-time at the Architecture Department.

Saya wrote articles with the pen name “Bi Thu Kar” Kyaw Min.
He passed away at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, the 1st of July 1999 at the Rangoon General Hospital where he was receiving treatment for a liver ailment since March 1998.

Dr. Koung Nyunt

Saya Dr. Koung Nyunt (A67) contributed articles and photos for “RIT Alumni International Newsletter”.

Sai Yee Laik

Saya Sai Yee Laik stood first and last in the Class of A68.

U Aye Win Kyaw

Metallurgy Sayas

U Thit

Saya U Thit wrote a brief history of the RIT Metallurgy Department. He passed away in Australia.

Dr. Khin Maung Win

Saya Dr. Khin Maung Win retired as Director General of Technical Education and Vocational Training.

Mining Sayas

U Soe Khaw

Saya U Soe Khaw attended SPZP-2000.

Saya taught part-time and served as Head of the Mining Department at BOC College.

U Soon Sein

Saya is a Naw Gun Win.

Saya retired as Professor and Head of the Mining Department.

U Win Kyaing

Saya headed the Petroleum Engineering Sub-Department under the Mining Engineering Department.
Saya was fondly called by his nick name “Ngu Yin Kong Kee”.
Saya is a paternal uncle of Ko Maurice Chee (M75) and spouse of Sayamagyi Daw Muriel Tun Gyaw.

Sayas from English Department

Sao Kan Gyi

Saya Sao Kan Gyi taught English at RIT.
Saya wrote under the pen name “Khemarat”.

Joe Ba Maung

Saya Joe Ba Maung was National Tennis Champion in Singles and in Doubles (with U Than Lwin).

He moved to Burma Railways. He was a victim of the 8-8-88 purge.

Sayas from Mathematics Department

U Sein Shan

U Sein Shan

Dr. Saw Tin

Dr. Saw Tin

Sayas from Physics Department

Daw Nyein

Sayama Daw Nyein passed away at the tender age of 102.

U Hlwan Moe

Saya U Hlwan Moe succeeded Sayama Daw Nyein as Head of the Department. He is survived by Sayama Daw Emily Ba Aye.

U Saw Hlaing

I first met Saya at the Kusalakari Ah Thinn on Shwe Dagon Pagoda.

I last met Saya at the Ministry of Education.

Sayas from Chemistry Department

Daw Than Than

Sayama moved to Canada.

She came back to Burma to have “better” medical treatment.

She is survived by Saya U Kyaw Tun.

Part time and Visiting Lecturers

U Than Lwin (Eric)

In the early days, the faculty members of Social Science
(Economics, Commerce, Statistics, …) served as Visiting Lecturers at BIT/RIT.

Saya U Than Lwin was Lecturer of Economics and the Librarian of Social Science Library. He taught Economics to the engineering students at BIT.

Saya U Tin Htut (M 60) was the first Engineering Saya to teach Industrial Management to the 5th and final year students.

U Maung Maung

He was a Research Engineer with UBARI and taught part-time to engineering students.

There were several connections between BIT/RIT and UBARI. Some who went for further studies from UBARI [later] joined BIT/RIT as full-time or part-time sayas.

Editor’s Notes :

  • The list is not exhaustive.
  • There are various level of details. Some entries provide the date, time and cause of the demise.
  • There are several GBNF posts that provide supplementary information.

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