VB : Electrical Engineering

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  • Based on Electricity, Magnetism, Electromagnetism
  • Types of current
    Direct Current (DC) : Edison
    Alternating Current (AC) : Tesla
  • EE course
    One of the three early courses — along with Civil and Mechanical — given at Rangoon University
  • Electrical Power (EP)
    In some countries called Power Engineering
  • Electrical Communications (EC)
    Later called EcE and Electronics Engineering
  • Control System
  • Signal Processing
    Digital Signal Processing (DSP)
  • Telecommunications
  • Devices
  • Instrumentation
  • Part of EECS (EE and Computer Science)
  • Computers and Computer Engineering
  • IEEE
  • IET

RIT EE Sayas in the mid 1960s

  • There were about 20 EE Sayas during out RIT days.
  • Some sayas were on Deputation (studying abroad).
  • 15 Sayas are seen in the Group Photo.
  • Saya U Khine Oo was absent that day.
EE Sayas from our RIT Days

Article for Swel Daw Yeik Sar Saung

  • I wrote an article for the Commemorative Issue of “Swel Daw Yeik Sar Saung” for SPZP-2010 held in Singapore.
  • Tekkatho Moe War (Saya U Moe Aung) was Chief Editor and/ Publisher of the Sar Saung.
  • Saya suggested the title “A Short and Sad Clip : EE Sayas“.
Part 1 of 4

U Kyaw Tun

  • Graduated in 1948-49 and joined the EE Department.
  • Most senior among the EE Sayas.
  • Saya of our Sayas.
  • Taught EP students.
  • Also taught “Principles of Electrical Engineering” to non-EE students.
  • Recruited C Ping Lee to join the EE Department.
  • Children : Elizabeth, Dorothy

C. Ping Lee

  • Recruited by Saya U Kyaw Tun to join the EE Department.
  • Taught Electrotechnology to the early engineering students including Dr. San Hla Aung.
  • Per request from H.E. U Than Aung (his former Burmese teacher at St. Paul’s High School), Saya C Ping Lee transferred to head the Directorate of Technical Education and Vocational Training.
  • Son : Dr. Win Aung (M62, NSF, iNEER)
    Wrote about his father Saya C. Ping Lee for the “Count down to the Reunion” series for SPZP-2000.

U Sein Hlaing

  • Matriculated in 1946.
  • Finished Top in his class of 52.
  • Joined the EE Department as Assistant Lecturer.
  • MSEE from MIT.
  • Upon his return, he was promoted to Lecturer and Head of the EE Department.
  • Served as Professor until his retirement.
  • Spouse : Nyunt Nyunt Yee
Part 2 of 4

U Tin Swe

  • Matriculated in 1947.
  • His name is misspelled or mispronounced as Tint Swe, Tin Shwe or Tin Shwe Gyi.
  • Member of the Prome Hall Soccer team which won the Inter-Hall Trophy for two consecutive years.
  • Joined the EE Department in 1953 as Assistant Lecturer.
  • MSEE from University of Michigan.
  • Upon his return, he was promoted to Lecturer.
  • Taught and supervised EP students.
  • Due to the scarcity of Professorship, he retired as Lecturer.
  • Played good tennis.
  • Early Power User at the Universities’ Computer Center (UCC).

U Sein Win

  • BSEE and MSEE from University of Michigan.
  • Technical Advisor for UCC
  • President of the RIT Rowing and Swimming and Water Polo Clubs
  • Line Judge at RUBC Regattas
  • After the EE department was reorganized as EC and EP departments,
    Saya served as Professor of Electrical Power Department at YTU.
  • After retirement, he worked as a Consultant in the Industry.
  • Children : daughters (Medical doctors)
  • Brothers : Dr. Tin U, Dr. Saw Lwin

Dr. San Tint

  • Joined the EE Faculty (which was renamed BIT) after graduation in 1961.
  • Doctorate from USSR
  • Post graduate training in UK (for the UCC project)
  • Played soccer for the RIT Saya team.
  • External Examiner for UCC
  • Retired as Professor of EC (Electronic Engineering) Department at YTU.
  • His former students performed Pyinnya Dana in Saya’s memory.
  • Nephew : Hlaing Myint
Part 3 of 4

U Chin Way

  • Was active in SPARK.
  • Migrated to the USA.
  • Grapevine says that he interviewed for a job in Los Angeles. When the interviewers found out that their boss U Tun Aung (Jeffrey, EC68) was a former student of Saya U Chin Way, no serious questions were asked.

U Soe Min

  • Went for training in the UK with the DCA grant / scholarship.
  • Upon his return, he transferred to DCA.
  • Win Boh (Robert, EC69, DCA) served as a best man at Saya’s wedding.

U Thein Lwin

  • At the time of the writing the article (in 2010), Saya U Thein Lwin was a retiree of Singapore Polytechnic, but was active helping students desiring to pursue studies in Singapore.
  • President of the RIT Badminton Club.
    Managed the RIT team comprising of Sai Kham Pan (EP69), which won the Inter-Institute Trophy.
  • Spouse : May Than Nwe (Joyce, RIT Physics)
  • Brothers : Myo Myint, Kyi Lwin, Tint Lwin, Thet Lwin
  • Daughter : Business Professor in Singapore (former Swimming Champion)
  • Saya and Sayama passed away within a few months of each other.

U Soe Paing

  • Matriculated from SPHS5.
    Collegiate Scholarship in 1956 for standing 17th in the whole of Burma.
  • Two Gold Medals for the I.Sc. examinations.
    Scored the highest marks for examinations.
    Joint winner for scoring the highest marks in Mathematics in the examinations.
  • BSEE and MSEE from Stanford University
  • Joined EE Department as Assistant Lecturer
  • Helped Sayagyi Dr. Chit Swe found UCC along with Saya U Myo Min and Saya U Ko Ko Lay (GBNF).
  • Transferred to UCC as Manager of Systems Division
  • M.Sc. (Computer Science) at Southampton University in the UK
  • Was my mentor at RIT and UCC.
  • Retired from UN after managing IT projects at various countries
  • Wrote about his experience as a States Scholar, Systems Manager at UCC and UN Technical Advisor.
  • Spends his retirement visiting UK and USA, playing golf and practicing vipassana meditation at Kaba Aye Sunlun Gu Kyaung where his younger brother U Wara (U Win Paing, ChE70) is the Sayadaw.
  • Had operations for his heart and his back problems, but he is still active.
  • Spouse : Saw Yu Tint (Alice, T69)
  • Children : Thura, Akari, Threin

Dr. Win Tin

  • Was active in SPARK and as an entrepreneur.
  • Studied for his doctorate in France.
  • Associate Dean of Engineering at Assumption University (formerly known as ABAC).
Part 4 of 4

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U Ba Myint

  • Taught “Electrical Measurement” during our RIT days.
  • Retired as Pro-Rector of YTU.

U Sein Maung

  • Taught “Electrical Machines” during our RIT days.
  • Taught at Assumption University.
  • Attended SPZP-2000 at the invitation of Daw Khin Htar Yee (Lily Win, T72).

U Nyi Nyi

  • Introduced Saya U Soe Paing to Sayagyi Dr. Chit Swe who was planning to found UCC.
  • Went to the UK for his graduate studies.

U Myo Kyi

  • Joined the EE Department after graduation in 1959.
  • He and Dr. Ba Lwin are the two most seniors among the EE sayas who are still alive.
  • Taught “Principles of Electrical Engineering” to the early non-EE students.
  • Met him at the meetings in Yangon
  • Patron / Advisor of Alumni Association and MES
  • Gave me a list of the Senior and Junior EE Sayas and Sayamas.

Dr. Ba Lwin

  • Joined the EE Department after graduation in 1959.
  • He and U Myo Kyi are the two most seniors among the EE sayas who are still alive.
  • Met him during his visit to the USA to see his daughter Thiri Lwin.
  • Spouse : Sister of Khin Maung Latt and Khin Maung Lay

U Moe Aung

  • Joined the EE Department with several of his classmates after graduation in 1963.
  • Editor of RUESU Annual Magazine
  • Chief Editor of RIT Annual Magazines, “Hlyat Sit Sar Saung” and commemorative issue of Swel Daw Yek Magazine for Shwe YaDu in 2014
  • Chaired SPZP-2002 and SPZP-2010 in Singapore
  • He and his team published the commemorative issue of “Swel Daw Yeik Sar Saung” for SPZP-2002, SPZP-2007 and SPZP-2010.
  • After retirement, Saya moved back to Yangon.
  • Patron of SDYF and several RIT-related activities
  • Laureate Poet.
  • Active writing poems (often “Let Tann”) and articles (mostly on EE).
  • Published two books and co-authored several books.
  • I translated some of Saya’s poems and articles.

U Khine Oo

  • Was absent in the group photo taken around mid-1966.
  • Took computer courses at UCC before going to Japan as States Scholar.

U Tin Shwe

  • Joined EE Department after graduation in 1966
  • Taught and RIT and ABAC
  • Wrote an article about his final year days in the commemorative issue of “Swel Daw Yeik Sar Saung” for SPZP-2010.
  • Became a monk, and served as Dhamma Librarian.
  • Sadly, he passed away.
    Saya U Moe Aung wrote “To the Shwe Duo” in the memory of Saya U Tin Shwe and Saya U Hla Shwe (T69).
    I translated Saya’s poem and published in my RIT Alumni International Newsletter and Updates.

Daw Mya Mya Than

  • Daw Mya Mya Than (EP68) joined the EE Department as EE Sayama.

U Than Lwin

  • U Than Lwin (Henry, EC69) was my classmate.
  • See “We Eleven” for details of the EC69 classmates
  • He joined the EE Department as an EE saya.

Some Junior EE Sayas and Sayamas

  • U Kyaw Naing (Sin Gwan, EC70, GBNF)
  • U Tin Win (EC71)
  • U Ko Ko Kyi (EC72)
  • Daw Nyunt Nyunt Yee (EP72)
  • Daw Khin Swe Oo (EC74)


Dr. Freddie Ba Hli

  • Sc.D from MIT
  • Helped Dr. Aung Gyi and U Min Wun adjust to the MIT environment
  • Taught part-time at EE Department
  • Director General, UBARI
  • Advisor, National Planning
  • Board Member and External Examiner, UCC

U Htin Paw

  • Joined the EE Department after graduation in 1958.
  • Won two Gold Medals.
  • MSEE from University of Michigan (with the Scholarship provided by UBARI).
  • Upon his return, he worked for UBARI before transferring to Electrical Inspectorate.
  • Moved to USA.
  • Founder and President, BEA
  • Past President, TBSA
  • Attended SPZP-2000.
  • Spouse : Eileen
  • Son : Dr. Barry Paw

U Ba Nyunt

  • Joined the EE Department after graduation in 1958.
  • Did graduate studies in the US.
  • Upon return, he transferred to MOC (MOGE).
  • Attended SPZP-2000.
    At that time, he was visiting his daughter and grandchild.
  • Spouse : Daw May Su

U Thein Tan

  • Need info (when he joined and his teaching / tutorial / lab role)

Guest Lecturers

  • Electrical Inspector
  • Chief Engineer (EPC)

Photos from some PZPs

  • The EP / EC of selected batches have hosted Saya Pu Zaw Pwes.
  • A sampling is provided below.

by Saya U Moe Aung (Tekkatho Moe War)

In memory of Saya U Tin Shwe (EP66) and Saya U Hla Shwe (T69)

” ေရႊ ႏွစ္ ေရႊ သို႔ ”

ေဝေတာ့လည္း တူ
ေၾကြေတာ့လည္း အတူတူ
ျငဴစူျခင္း ကင္း
မွ်ဥ္းမွ်ဥ္း အသက္ရွဴ
မႏိုင္ဝန္ ပိ
ေသာအခါ မွာ
ေၾကြသာ ေၾကြလည္း
မေသ ဝိညာဥ္ ဝဲပ်ံေနေသးတကား ….။ ။
( ကိုတင္ေရႊ- လွ်ပ္စစ္စြမ္းအား ႏွင့္ ကိုလွေရႊ- ခ်ည္မွ်င္ သို႔)

တကၠသိုလ္ မိုးဝါ
(၂၆ ဇန္နဝါရီ ၂ဝ၁၅ – ည ၉:၅၅ နာရီ)

“To The Shwe Duo”
by Tekkatho Moe War

Translated by Hla Min

SHWE duo
Blossom in unison
Disappear together
Free from complaint
Even with thin breath
Showed mark [of courage and wisdom]
Never ever wavered …
Pressed by burden
At the awaited turn [of journey’s end]
Body — inheritance [from previous lives]
Succumbs [to failing health]
Yet, “Wei-nyin” is fresh, alive and hovering.

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