RIT (420) : Anniversary Gathering

Several years back, Ko Thaung Sein (Steeve Kay, EC70) hosted a gathering to celebrate the 40th anniversary of his arrival in the US. The gathering was coordinated by Steeve’s daughter. Elanor Kay also arranged a visit to Teehub (which provides incubation for aspiring innovators).

Attendees include :

  • Saya L Tin Htun (Dr. Chris Lee, EE59) and spouse
  • U Sam Chin (ChE62) and spouse
  • U Henry Khoo (EC67)
  • U Hla Min (EC69) and spouse
  • U Benny Tan (M70) and spouse
  • U Zaw Min Nawaday (EP70) and spouse
  • U Htin Aung (Richard, M70)
  • Dr. Zaw Htun (BDS) and spouse

Three of the attendees are Steeve’s classmates from RIT.

Henry picked up Steeve on his arrival in San Francisco, California, USA.

Saya Chris Lee, U Sam Chin and Dr. Zaw Htun were active in the Burmese American organizations in Southern California.

Careers and Aspiration

Steeve studied for his Masters degree at Stanford University. He was successful as an IC (Integrated Circuit) Designer.

He also completed an MBA from Pepperdine University.

Steeve’s younger sister requested Steeve to set up QTC. She had received patents related to the medical and legal processes to handle disability claims. Steeve served as CEO. Two decades later, QTC was bought by a group of investors making the two siblings multi-millionaires.

They did not forget their roots. Steeve set up the Kay Family Foundation. His sister set up the B K Kee Foundation. Their foundations have provided support for education, medical research, areas inflicted by disasters (e.g. Cyclone Nargis) and much more.

Steeve took time to trace his roots. He also joined expeditions to visit the holy sites of Four Religions.

Steeve is a Trustee and/or Board Member of several US universities.

He is a Multiple Golden Sponsor for the SPZPs. He set up the “Steeve and Helen Kay Health Care Fund for RIT Sayas and Sayamas”, He hosted a delegation from the Ministry of Science and Technology to visit selected universities and research institutions in California.

There were some proposals that did not materialize. Steeve offered to set up a Computing Laboratory and promote Leapfrogging Technology for engineering sayas and students in Myanmar. Steeve offered to provide air fare and expenses for Sayagyis willing to share their experience in Myanmar. Steeve requested some support from the Myanmar side (e.g. taking care of the security and maintenance of the Laboratory. providing accommodation for the visiting Sayagyis), but with scarcity of resources and the bureaucracy of the then authorities, the proposals were not materialized.

When Steeve’s health started to decline, he could not take long trips or wait too long for responses to his proposals. He requested the balance of his Health Care Fund to be transferred to Swel Daw Yeik Foundation.

He delegated his children to run KFF and his enterprise. He still has desires to help his beloved home land. “The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

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