In the early days, there were three Disciplines : Civil, Mechanical and Electrical. The courses were taught mainly by British and Indian sayas.
Early Native Sayas
The early native sayas include U Ba Than, U Aung Khin, U Pu and U Ko Gyi (Johnny King).
Sayagyi U Ba Than won Collegiate Scholarship in the Matriculation of 1947. He won Gold medal in 1949 for highest score in I.Sc. examinations. After completing BS (Special) from Imperial College, University of London, he joined the Faculty of Engineering as Assistant Lecturer. He received a scholarship to do MS at Imperial College. He was promoted to Lecturer. He succeeded Saya U Aung Khin as Professor and Head of Mechanical. He wrote his Memoirs (for his grand children) and distributed to attendees at his 78th birthday celebrations. Sayagyi will celebrate his 91st birthday in October 2021. He is an early supporter of HMEE project. He hosted a meeting for the project. He donated photos for use by the project. He also requested Saya U Thaw Kaung to provide access of UCL archives to Saya U Soe Paing and team.
Sayagyi U Aung Khin matriculated in 1948. Per advice of his uncle Professor U Po Tha (Chemistry), he took Engineering. He received scholarship to study BS and MS at Lehigh University. He joined the Faculty as Assistant Lecturer. He was promoted to Lecturer and later became Professor and Head. He also has an MS from Canada. Sayagyi moved to Canada. During a visit to the San Francisco Bay Area, he gave a green light to the Alumni Group (led by Saya Allen Htay) to host SPZP-2000. He wrote several articles for RIT Alumni International Newsletter. Sayagyi graciously allowed us to stay at his home in Windsor, Canada several years ago. He provided Mohinga and Ah Kyaw for breakfast, and souvenirs (e.g plaque for holding keys). Sayagyi stays in shape by playing golf and tennis.
Saya U Tin Hlaing (M59) joined the Faculty after graduation. He received MS from Purdue University. He became Lecturer and Head of Agricultural Engineering (sub-department of Mechanical). He played soccer and tennis. He managed the All Universities Hockey team. Saya had kidney problem. He did not have access to the only two dialysis machines (available to VIPs). He did not receive passport in time to go abroad for treatment. Sadly (and untimely) he passed away.
Saya U San Tun (M59) joined the Faculty after graduation. He received MS from MIT. He became Lecturer and Head of Automobile Engineering (sub-department of Mechanical). He moved to US. He served as President of BEA (Bay Area Burmese Engineers Association). Saya invited us on several occasions (e.g his birthday, his son’s wedding). Saya attended most Alumni gatherings (e.g Retiree lunch).
Saya U Tin Htut (M60) joined the Faculty twice : the first time after graduation, and the second time after “an unexpected Waso in Insein”. He is a Past Captain and Gold of RUBC. He moved to US. He co-founded BASES and served as President. He served as Financial Controller for 2015 RIT Alumni Reunion in Los Angeles. He donated K100 lakhs for YTU Library Modernization. He also donated to SDYF and Mechanical Group.
Saya U Kyin Soe received MS from University of Illinois. Served as Professor and Rector.
Some Senior Sayas
- U Tun Shwe (M60) : Ovada at PZPs
- U Tin Maung Nyunt (M60) : President of RIT Chinlon Association
- U Maung Maung Win (M61) : wrote series of articles, Australia
- S. Arya (M62, GBNF) : Cute accent
- Mao Toon Siong (M62) : Burma Champion & Coach in Table Tennis Dr. Tin Win (M62) : Past President of BASES, Organizer for 2015 LA Reunion
- U Khin Maung (M, GBNF)
- U Phone Myint (M) : Workshop Superintendent
- Dr. Tin Hlaing (M63) : Co-chair of SPZP-2002, Tone Kyaw U Soe Lwin (M63, GBNF) U Han Tun (M63, GBNF)
- S. Kyaw Aye (M)
- U Win (M) : Transport provider for U Ba Than
- U Kyaw Myint (M/Auto 64) : UN assignments in China, Patron of TDS
- U Myo Win (Melvyn, M/Ag65, GBNF) : RIT Automobile Association, Rowing, Australia
- U Hla Myint (Charlie, M65) : RIT Swimming and Water Polo, Australia
- U Kyaw Sein (M65, GBNF) : moderator of FB pages, Singapore
- Dr. Kyaw Sein (M65) : Professor at YTU and Malaysian University
- Dr. Nyo Win (K H Chen, M65) : High tech companies in US and Taiwan
- U Lin (M66) : Patron of Yangon SPZPs, RIT Buddhist Association, Rowing
- Dr. Chan Nyein (M67, GBNF) : Minister
- U Tin Maung Oo (M67, GBNF) : Deputy Workshop Superintendent
- U Thein Tun Aung (M, GBNF)
- U Than Myint (M) : Singapore Polytechnic
- U Khin Maung Tin (M69) : Maritime Institute
- U Aung Myint (M69) : Singapore Polytechnic
- Mehm Aye Chan (M69) : Agency for seafarers
Some Senior Alumni
- U Aye (M62) : RU Volleyball
- U Sein Htoon (M63) : Captain & Gold of RUBC, 1960 ARAE Champion
- U Than Soe (M63) : RUBC Gold
- U L Than Myint (M63) : RUBC Gold
- U Shwe Kyaw (M63, GBNF) : RU Volleyball
- U Win Thein (M67) : Set Hmu Tha Din Zin
- U Than Htut (M67) : RUBC Gold
- U Tin Myint (David, M67, GBNF) : Golden Sponsor for SPZP-2000 & SPZP-2012
- U Htay Aung (M69) : Swimming and Water Polo
- U Khin Maung Oo (Ivan, M69) : Golden Sponsor for SPZP-2000 & SPZP-2007, Patron of MASTAA, Major donor of 69er HCF
- U Benny Tan (M70) : Co-chair, SPZP-2000, Multiple Golden Sponsor of SPZP, RIT Alumni International
- U Ohn Khine (M70) : Volunteer for HMEE, SDYF, SPZP
- U Wynn Htain Oo (M72) : Super Fund Raiser
- U Myint Pe (M72) : Cartoon Box
- U Nyan Win Shwe (M72) : SPZP-2007
- John Tint (Khin Maung Myint, M72, GBNF) : Soccer
- U Win Khaing (M75) : SPZP-2004
- U Maurice Chee (Hla Myint Thein, M75) : SPZP-2000, RIT Alumni International, Norcal RITAA
- U Hla Win (M73/75) : Ygn SPZPs, BARB/MARB
- Maung Sein Win (Padeegone, M72/75) : Distinguished Author / Poet
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