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Final Year Thesis started before 1974

For archive (Updated on January 25, 2019)

Dear Ko Hla Min and Ko Wunna Ko,

First, I would like to thank you both again for the regular RIT Alumni updates. Thanks to Saya U Maung Maung Win for devoting his time in writing and sharing his memories in “Nostalgia of RIT“. As he has mentioned he welcomes comments ‘for the sake of younger generation’, I would like to add/comment on Saya U Maung Maung Win’s note below:

Until 1974 students received their Bachelor [B.Sc.(Engg) or B.E.] degree after doing the required courses theoretically in their field of interest. I think the Institute then introduced a program where all final year students are required to submit a thesis. ……..I strongly believe that our Thesis requirement to final year started in 74. My first student Ko Khin Maung Lin did his thesis using computer. The following year Pyo Wai Win and two did their thesis using computer.

I am not sure when exactly Thesis requirement to final year started but definitely it was earlier than 1974. I graduated in June 1973 and George Peters and I submitted our thesis entitled: “Computer Algorithm for Stability Analysis on Earth Dams” using Fortran IV programming language. Saya U Allen Htay was our thesis supervisor.

I also would like to quote Professor Saya U Min Wun in his letter of recommendation dated 29 October 1984 :

‘Dennis was one of the first University students in Burma to make use of the facilities of the Universities’ Computer Centre – the first and only Computer Centre in Burma at that time – in writing his thesis in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Engineering. I take pride in saying that these two pioneering students were both from my Department.’

Best regards,
Dennis Mackey (Kyaw Thu) (C-73)

Editor’s Notes:

  • After retirement, Dennis Mackey relocated from New Zealand to Canada.
  • George Peters resides in Perth, Australia. I met him at the RIT Gathering in Sydney in 2016.
  • Saya Allen Htay is GBNF.

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