- Steeve Kay (U Thaung Sein, EC70) has three (or more) illustrious careers.
- When he arrived in the USA, he chose a name which was mis-spelled by the Immigration Officer as “Steeve”. He liked the name and used it (instead of the conventional “Steve”).
- He received MSEE from Stanford University and MBA from Pepperdine University.
- He is a member of the Board of Trustees at several Universities including University of California at Irvine.
- He did not forget his motherland, alma mater, mentors and benefactors.
In October 2000, he donated $3000+ to the First RIT Grand Reunion and Saya Pu Zaw Pwe (SPZP) and became the first Golden Sponsor.
He continued to sponsor the subsequent SPZPs held in Singapore and Yangon.
Health Care Funds
He donated $50,000+ to the “Steeve and Helen Kay Health Care Fund for RIT Sayas and Sayamas”. The balance of the fund has been handed over to Swel Daw Yeik Foundation.
He also donated $10,000+ to the Health Care Fund for the “Combined 1st BE Intake of 64 and 65 (AKA the Class of 70 and 71)
Class of 70 and 71
Along with U Tha Htay (M70) and U Benny Tan (M70), Steeve was a major contributor to the “Reunion and Acariya Pu Zaw Pwe” of the Combined Group.
In 2016, he hosted a special gathering for the sayas, sayamas, colleagues and friends. He offered Garawa money of K 1 Lakh to all the sayas and sayamas. He offered an additional K1 Lakh to selected Sayagyis and Sayamagyis. He sent a message that “[in the future] he might not be able to travel frequently and take part in gatherings far away”.
Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST)
Around SPZP-2012, Steeve and the Kay Family Foundation (KFF) sponsored an Education Delegation from MoST to visit prestigious universities and research institutes in California, USA. The delegation comprised of H.E. U Ko Ko Oo (Minister, GBNF), Saya U Nyi Hla Nge and two professors.
Gatherings in Southern California
Steeve and the Kay Family Foundation established a Matching Fund of $30,000 for the 2015 Alumni Reunion in Los Angeles. Steeve sand “Shwe Mi” at the dinner gathering at Knott’s Berry Farms.
Steeve invited my spouse and I to attend two special gatherings.
One was for the 40th Anniversary of Steeve’s arrival in the USA.
Another was “Celebrating 25 years of QTC“. QTC was founded by Steeve and his two siblings. It was sold to an investment group for $100+ million. Steeve (CEO) founded the “Kay Family Foundation (KFF)”. His sister, who had several patents for processing Disability Claims, requested Steeve to leave his job as IC designer and co-found QTC. Dr. Kay established the “B K Kee Foundation” in memory of her mother. Both foundations fund Medical Research, Education and Disaster Aid (e.g. for Cyclone Nargis).
Steeve said, “RIT is a dying breed. If you can get the sayas and alumni connected for two decades, you would have done a great job.”
At the 40th Anniversary gathering, Steeve said, “Do not retire. You may re-tire (as re-treading a tire). We will try and support you and your projects.”
I spent five wonderful years at RIT. When I started the “RIT Alumni International Newsletter” in 1999, I had no idea that I would continue to be a postmaster, organizer and amateur for two decades (or more).
The smiles from my beloved sayas and the occasional “Thanks” from the [mostly silent] readers, staunch supporters (including my family members, colleagues and friends) and well-wishers (including Literary Lovers) gave me “second wind”.