Update : January 18, 2021
- Matriculated from No. (1) Dagon State High School (formerly Methodist English High School)/
- Graduated in 1983 from Rangoon Institute of Technology (RIT) with Mechanical Engineering Bachelor Degree, standing top of the class.
- Worked as Saya at RIT Mechanical Engineering Department
- Post graduate studies in Asian Institute of Technology (AIT, Bangkok, Thailand) and University of Michigan, USA
- Professor and Interim Chair at the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas 77710, USA
- Board of Director, Myanmar American Science and Technology Alumni Association (MASTAA)
- Passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021 at his home :
3417 Ocean Ridge Cir, Seabrook, TX 77586, Texas USA.
- Ph.D. (Aerospace)
University of Michigan
- M. Eng. (Energy Technology)
Asian Institute of Technology
- B. Eng. (M83),
Rangoon Institute of Technology
Awards & Honors
- Distinguished Faculty Fellow, Lamar University, 2015
- Presidential Fellowship in Teaching Innovation, Lamar University, 2015
- Presidential Fellowship in Teaching Innovation, Lamar University, 2014
- Presidential Fellowship in Research, Lamar University, 2014
- Tim Kendall Memorial Prize,
Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, Thailand, 1991
- Pi Tau Sigma, Honors Society of Mechanical Engineers
Ivan Lee (M69, co-Founder and Patron of MASTAA) wrote
- Kendrick has been with MASTAA, USA since June 2019.
- He was an invaluable member of our team.
- He was the heart and soul of our team in promoting Myanmar students who want to study abroad.
His information was vital to our organization’s Students Info page.
His contribution to MASTAA can be seen on Students Info page at MASTAA.ORG website.
- He left his beloved wife Ms. Khin Khin Hla and two adult sons.
Ms Khin Khin Hla is also an RIT Alumni 1984 B.Engg Civil as well as AIT Alumni 1991 M. Engg Water Resources
- The funeral service will take place on January 20, 2021.
- Our condolences for this tragic loss and wish Dr. Kendrick Aung, RIP.
Phyu Phyu Kyaw (ex-UCC) wrote :
KTA came and joined us (Methodist High School / No. 1 Dagon SHS : K Class) when Ye Myat Soe (ex-UCC) and his wife Ohnmar Aung (our classmate) and daughter visited Los Angeles in September, 2019.
We had the Class Gathering in Las Vegas.
All people in the picture are from the K Class (starting from Lower KG to High School).
KTA was the Top Student since he was young.
Learnt that KTA is a cousin of Ko Aung Zaw Myint (ex-UCC). Both have the nick name “Gaung Gyi”.
Ko Soe Myint (President, MASTAA) wrote :
I will offer Soon and three sets of robes to Sayadaws (in New York) in memory of Dr. Kyaw Than Aung, and share merits with him.
Ko Wint Khin Zaw (Sydney, Australia) wrote :
I felt unjustifiable by the shocking news of a very untimely loss of our AIT contemporary Burmese Engineering Scholar, Prof. Dr Kyaw Than Aung. He was our academic idol and the pride of Burmese students body at the time as the first Burmese Awardee at AIT, the first chess champion and a runner-up table tennis champ. He also helped any Burmese students who found difficulty academically. He was a good friend and one of the smartest Burmese persons I have ever met. I could recall our table tennis games and watching World Cup Soccer matches together at the Student Union parlour. We lost contact since 1990s then a few years ago he and family visited Sydney so we met again as a pleasant reunion. He said he will come again but ….
So long Ko Kyaw Than Aung …
Our heartfelt condolences and sympathy to Ma Khin Khin Hla and sons. Our metta and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
Ko Maw Lin, President of AMA (Association of Myanmar Architects) and Chief Editor of ‘Pyithu Ayay’ journal wrote :
မြင်ကွင်းထဲမှာ ယုတ်မာသူတွေ လူဆိုးတွေ လူညံ့တွေ လူမဖြစ်ညစ်ကျယ် တွေ ရှိတယ် ဆိုပေမယ့်…
တကယ်တော်တဲ့ ထက်မြက်တဲ့ ရင့်ကျက်တဲ့သူတွေနဲ့ ရင်းနှီး ခင်မင်ခွင့်ရခဲ့တာ၊ စိတ်စေတနာ အလွန်ဖြူစင်သူတွေနဲ့ ကြုံရဆုံရခဲ့တာတွေအတွက် ကံကောင်းလှတယ်လို့ မကြာမကြာ တွေးမိတယ်။
အေအိုင်တီမှာ မဟာဘွဲ့အတွက် ကျမ်းပြုတော့မယ်ဆိုတော့ ကိုယ်လုပ်မယ့် နယ်ပယ်နဲ့ဆိုင်တဲ့ ပရိုဂရမ်တချို့ ဆော့ဝဲတချို့ကို အစက စပြီး လေ့လာရတယ်။ အဲဒီမှာ ဆရာ သုံးယောက် ရခဲ့တယ်။ ကိုကျော်သန်းအောင်ရယ်၊ ကိုမိုးမြင့်ရယ်၊ ကိုစောထွေးဇော်ရယ်။ သူတို့ ကျေးဇူးကြီးပါတယ်။ ခုပြောချင်တာ ကိုကျော်သန်းအောင်…
ကိုကျော်သန်းအောင်ဟာ အာအိုင်တီ ဝင်ကတည်းက အတန်းတိုင်း ပထမ၊ အေအိုင်တီမှာ ထိပ်ဆုံးဆု၊ မာစတာရပြီး အမေရိကား ပီအိတ်ချ်ဒီ… အဲဒီလို အကယ်ဒမစ်မှာ ပထမတန်း ဖြစ်သလို ရုပ်ရှင်ကောင်းတွေကြိုက်တယ် စာဖတ်တယ်… စားပွဲတင်တင်းနစ် ရိုက် တယ်၊ စစ်တုရင် ကစားတယ်။ အားကစားလည်း ချန်ပီယံစာရင်းထဲပါ တယ်။ အဓိကကတော့ အလွန်ထူးချွန်ထက်မြက်သူ ဦးနှောက်ကြီးသူ ရင့်ကျက်သူဖြစ်ပါတယ်။ အကောင်းမြင် တယ်။ ဟာသရှိတယ်။ နိုင်ငံတကာ တက်ကျယ်နိုင်သူပါ။
ဆော့ဝဲတစ်ခု သင်ပေးရမယ်ဆိုတော့ ကျနော့်ကို ဟိုမေးဒီမေးလုပ်တယ်။ ငါးမီးနစ်လောက် ပြောပြီးတော့ သဘောပေါက်သွားတယ်။ ဘာဆိုဘာမှ အခြေခံမရှိတဲ့ ဖိုးသုညကို သင်ရတော့မယ်ဆိုတာ။ အဲဒီအခြေအနေကိုကြည့်ပြီး ကျနော့်ကိုသင်တယ်။ တစ်နာရီလောက်တောင် မကြာဘူး။ ခုထိမှတ်မိနေတာကတော့ အက်ဖ်ဝမ်းနှိပ် Help ကိုသွားကြည့်တတ်ရင် ကိုမော်ဂျီး အားလုံး လုပ်လို့ရပြီ ဆိုတာပဲ။ အဲဒီခေတ်က ကွန်ပျူတာ ဗိုင်းရပ်စ် ပြဿနာနဲ့ ဒစ်စကက်တွေကိုပြင်တဲ့ နော်တန်ဆော့ဝဲပါ အပိုထည့်ပေး ပြောပေးသွားတယ်။
သူသင်ပေးလိုက်တဲ့ပညာနဲ့ နောက် သုံးလေးငါးလလောက် အဲဒီကွန်ပျူတာစင်တာမှာ တခြား နိုင်ငံတကာက ကျောင်းသားတွေကို ဆရာလုပ် ပြန်သင် လုပ်ခဲ့ရတယ်။ ပြီးတော့ အလုပ်ထဲမှာ လေးနှစ်လောက် အသုံးချခဲ့ရတယ်။ သူဟာ ဆရာကောင်း။ ဘယ်လိုလူကို ဘယ်လိုသင်ရမလဲ ဆိုတာ သိတယ်။ အခု အမေရိကားတက်ဆက် က လာမား တက္ကသိုလ်မှာ သူ ပရော်ဖက်ဆာလုပ်တော့ စာသင်ကောင်းတဲ့ဆရာ ဆုရတာ မဆန်းဘူးလို့ဆိုရ မယ်။
သိဖူးခင်ဖူးသမျှထဲမှာ အထက်မြက်ဆုံးတွေထဲက တစ်ယောက်ပါ။ အခု ၁၃ ဇန်နဝါရီ ၂၀၂၁၊ မနေ့က သူဆုံးတယ်လို့ကြားတော့ စိတ်တော်တော်ထိခိုက်မိတယ်။ ပြီးတော့ ကျေးဇူးတင် သတိရနေတယ်။
အေအိုင်တီမှာနေတုန်း သူ ကျနော်တို့ကို ဖန်ခွက်လေးလုံး လက်ဆောင်ပေးဖူးတယ်။ ဖန်ခွက်တွေ ကျကျကွဲတာ နောက်ဆုံး တစ်လုံးပဲကျန်တော့တယ်။ အဲဒီတစ်လုံးကို သုံးတိုင်း ကျနော်တို့ ‘နေမဝင်အချစ်ဟာ ကမ္ဘာ ပေါ်မှာ ရှိနေတယ်’ ဆိုတဲ့ သီချင်းအလိုက်နဲ့ ‘ကိုကျော်သန်းအောင် ကမ္ဘာ ပေါ်မှာရှိနေတယ်’ လို့ ဆိုကြလေ့ရှိတယ်။
ခုတော့ အဲဒီဖန်ခွက်လည်း မရှိတော့။ ကိုကျော်သန်းအောင်လည်း မရှိတော့…..
Dr. Kendrick Aung, 60, passed away on 01/13/2021 in Seabrook, TX, USA. He was born on June 5th, 1961 in Yangon, Myanmar to U Than Aung and Daw Nyunt Nyunt. Dr. Kendrick Aung is survived by: his wife, Khin-Khin Hla Aung; sons, Raymond Aung and Andrew Aung; brothers, Dr. Khin Zaw Aung and Dr. Min Zaw Aung; sisters-in-law, Daw Theingi Swe and Dr. Aye Aye Yee, and numerous family members and friends. He earned a Ph.D (Aerospace) from University of Michigan, M.Eng (Energy Tech) from Asian Institute of Technology, B.Eng (Mechanical) from Rangoon Institute of Technology, and matriculated from No. (1) Dagon State High School in Yangon. Dr. Kendrick Aung worked as an Interim Department Chair & Professor for Lamar University located in Beaumont, TX. He had a passion for teaching, books, Chess and loved to travel with family and friends.
There will be a Visitation for Dr. Kendrick on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm followed by a Memorial Service at 3:00 pm at Crowder Funeral Home, 111 E Medical Center Blvd Webster, TX 77598. Those wishing to send flowers in Dr. Kendrick Aung’s memory should be directed https://www.kemahflorist.com or by calling 281-532-6933 and having them sent to the Crowder Funeral Home – Webster, TX.
Daddy (Ko Ko Gyi)
I love you and will miss you forever.
What ever I do, I am thinking you are next to me. you will be always with me in my heart.
I greatly appreciated the time we were together.
Don’t want to let you go but please go freely. Share all the merit we did with you.
Amya-amya-amya, sadu sadu sadu
Khin Khin Hla
We love you and miss you, thank you for everything you have done for us and the community.
We understand that we own nothing in this world. Everything surrounding us are only temporary. Only the love we have in our hearts will remain forever. Those we Love don’t go away, they Walk beside us Every Day.
Unseen, Unheard, but Always Near, So Loved, So Missed, So Very Dear. So Thar Thar, you may be gone prematurely, but you are going to be with us forever!
Your eldest brother Ko Ko Ni, Ma Theingi & Chan (Khin Zaw Aung)
Please take care Thar Thar wherever you are
Hope to see you again in next life.
You left so early…………… Amya-amya-amya
Your elder brother
Ko Latt (Dr. Min Zaw Aung)
I am totally broken hearted my baby brother.
I didnt know that our last Zoom in December was your way of saying good-bye.
Want to remember you as someone who was full of motivation inspiration and a brilliant mind.
I am sure you knew that you were very much loved by all of us. .
You are in my prayers sweetheart and may you look down from heaven to share the merits.
amya amya amya.. thar thar yay
Your big sister
Ma Ma Aye
(Aye Aye Yee)
Though I got to know you very briefly , just for a span of 3 years or so when you came to stay with us, you were like a younger brother that we never had ; for ma ma aye and I .
I will not forget you , you will be sadly missed thar thar.
Than Than Yee
Compiled information from people close to Dr. Aung and shared it to selected Facebook groups.
The original post is archived in my web site hlamin.com and updated periodically.
Sad to lose a young all-round (academic, athletic and community services) star who had brightened the lives of many.
May Dr. Aung rest in peace.
Hla Min (Life Long Learner)
May you be peaceful at much higher realm Ko Kyaw Than Aung.
You will be dearly missed by all of us.
Our deepest condolences and sympathy to Khin Khin, Raymond and Andrew at Seabrook, Texas and all the bereaved family members elsewhere.
Wint Thanda & Tharlon (Wint Khin Zaw)
Our condolences to you and your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
The Boyce family (Mee Mee)
So sad your early departure my friend (our high school class mate @ Dagon 1)
Please accept my sincere condolences to my friend family.
You will be missed.
Rest in Peach my friend.
Phyu Phyu Kyaw (Los Angeles)
So sorry for your loss. I know this must be a very difficult and demanding time for you all. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Please accept my condolences.
Ohnmar nyunt (SHS1 Dagon)
So sorry for your loss. I was saddened to hear my friend kyaw Than Aung Passed away. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Please accept my condolences.
Ohn Mar Nyunt
I am so sorry and sadden by the news of losing my friend from Dagon 1.
Please accept my sincere condolences.
I will be remembering the great time we all had with our childhood friends in Las Vegas in October 2019.
Rest In Peace my friend. 🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏
Dear Ko Kyaw Than Aung,
Recently we met you at San Francisco after the graduation (1983 -Mech ).
You are talent, honest and having beautiful mind and so lovely.
When I heard about you, I was shocked and very sad.
Please accept my condolence .
Where ever you go, May you be healthy, happy, wealthy, peaceful and attain the highest wisdom!
You will be always in our heart!
With All the Best Wishes,
Kyi Shein (83-Mechanical)
I am grateful to have shared memorable-days with Saya Ko Kyaw Than Aung while studying in RIT and AIT. Will always remember you Saya!
It’s so hard saying goodbye to you. Our condolences and prayers to you and your family. You will deeply be missed, rest in peace.
Chu family from LA
To Uncle Ken,
My heart is heavy, there are no words to describe how sad I am. I still can’t believe that you are no longer here with us, you will always be in our hearts and thoughts. You are like second father to me growing up with Raymond. Thank you for always caring for me and teaching me. You inspired me with all of your achievements. I will always cherish and remember the time that I had with you from growing up as a kid and the family vacations we had together. You are gone too soon..
My family and I will miss you so much, Rest in Peace
Dear Aung Family,
We are very sorry to hear of the lose of Dr. Aung.
He’s a brilliant Professor whom will be missed by many hear at Lamar University.
I wish to thank him for sharing his knowledge with my students.
Praying for overwhelming peace during this difficult time for all of your family.
LU Family and friends
Dr Kendrick Aung
We never forget you.
Shu & Sue Chin family
No man is an island,
Entire of itself.
Each is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less.
As well as if a promontory were.
As well as if a manor of thine own
Or of thine friend’s were.
Each man’s death diminishes me,
For I am involved in mankind.
Therefore, send not to know
For whom the bell tolls,
It tolls for thee. [John Donne]
So sorry to hear of Ken’s passing, he was kind, intelligent, caring and a wonderful colleague who will be missed.
Taken far too soon.
Love and condolences to the family.
We are all deeply shocked and saddened to hear the terrible news, and are so sorry for wife and sons’ loss. Kendrick’s untimely departure will be felt very keenly by everyone; not least his students, his colleagues , us and all his friends . Kendrick had so much more to give in this life, and such a beautiful family to enjoy. His premature departure is cruel.
May Kendrick rest in peace.
With our sincere condolences,
Kyaw Thu Ya, Jacqueline, Shan and Thazin (London)
You can shed tears that he is gone,
Or you can smile because he lived,
You can close your eyes and pray that he will come back,
Or you can open your eyes and see all that he has left. Your heart can be empty because you can’t see him
Or you can be full of the love that you shared,
You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday,
Or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday. You can remember him and only that he is gone
Or you can cherish his memory and let it live on,
You can cry and close your mind be empty and turn your back,
Or you can do what he would want: smile, open your eyes, love and go on.
The Department of Computer Science from Lamar University is deeply saddened of the untimely passing of Dr. Aung. He was a dedicated leader who cared about his students and colleagues. Sincere condolences to Dr. Aung’s family and friends.
Dr. Aung Family,
My condolences on the passing of Dr. Aung. I’ve had the opportunity to work with him at Lamar University for more than 14 years. He was truly an exceptional person, a great colleague, a favorite teacher, and a true friend! Dr. Aung was a founding member of the Office of Undergraduate Research Advisory Council and played an instrumental role in the development of the program at Lamar. He touched so many lives for the good. I’m honored and blessed to have known Ken! He will be missed badly!
With deepest sympathy,
Kumer Das (University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Lafayette, Louisiana)
My condolences to the Aung family on the passing of Ken. He was an exceptional colleague and a genuinely good person who cared for his students. I have fond memories of the many times we met in the dining hall and discussed how our program offerings could be improved. He was taken too early and will be missed a lot. Srinivas Palanki
Dear Dr. Aung: I am blessed to have a great friend and colleague like you! Thank you very much again for all your kindly help and support at Lamar! You will be always be remembered. RIP!!
No words can describe my great sadness. Dr. Aung had always been a trusted colleague and true friend for the past 17 years. He was such a brilliant and knowledgeable person. I thought we’d have so many more years and so much more time to talk about curriculums, course contents, travelling, martial-art novels and other books … It just ended too early and too suddenly! My deepest sympathies to Dr. Aung’s family. My heart goes out to you all.
Jenny Zhou (Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, Lamar University)
Rest In Peace Dr. Aung
I will miss you
Justin Ho (Hung Ho), Lamar University – Mechanical Engineering Student
My condolences to the Dr. Aung’s family. I have had the opportunity to work with him in Mechanical Engineering at Lamar University for 3 years. He was truly a great colleague, a favorite adviser, and an exceptional person who cared for his students and colleagues. I have lots of good memories with him as we met each other in his office where he advised me how my teaching could be improved. He will be deeply missed, rest in peace.
Monayem H. Mazumder (Saginaw Valley State University, Saginaw, Michigan)
I am so sorry to hear about Dr. Aung’s passing. He was one of my favorite professors and definitely the most generous with his time. Not sure I would have made it through with his help.
My most sincere condolences. Much Love and Prayer for the Family! Dr. Aung was a great mentor. As we grieve him let’s also remember to Celebrate his Life!
Carlos A. Caballero (Mechanical Engineering, Lamar University – Class of May 2018)
I am at a loss for words with hearing of the passing of Dr. Aung. He was such a great person and a terrific influence for so many at Lamar. He would always take the time to help his students, and he has helped so many to become successful in their endeavors. My deepest condolences to his family and all the Lamar family as well who will truly miss this great man.