U Soe Khaw (GBNF) received BS from UC Berkeley and MS from Missouri School of Mines. The Ministry of Mines loaned him to BOC College of Engineering as Lecturer and Head of the newly formed Mining Department. He wrote an article for HMEE project. He worked for UN projects in Thailand and moved to US after retirement. Saya attended SPZP-2000. He volunteered for selected monasteries in the SF Bay Area. Saya Allen Htay, Dr. San Lin and I visited Saya and had a lengthy lunch turned dinner gathering at a nearby restaurant. I attended the soon kyway offering for his spouse’s demise and then saya’s demise. Also present were Dr. Donald Chan (RUBC Gold) and Dr. Aye Kyaw (Victor Saing, saya’s cousin).
U Soon Sein (GBNF) is Maw Kun Win Third Grade. He received MS from the Colorado School of Mines. He succeeded U Soe Khaw as Lecturer and Head of Department. After retirement as Professor, he moved to US. I spoke to saya before SPZP-2000.
U Win Kyaing (GBNF) headed Petroleum Production Engineering (sub-department of Mining). He received MS from Colorado School of Mines. He is fondly known as Ngu Yin Kong Kee. He is the paternal uncle of U Maurice Chee. His spouse is Sayama Daw Muriel Tun Gyaw.
U Aung Than (Gyi) served as Professor and Rector. He helped organize Mining Engineering Conferences.
U Aung Than (Lay) moved to Singapore and US. His spouse Dr. Khin Mya Mya (Phy) translated Saddhammaransi Sayadaw’s book.
Dr. Thein Hlyne served as Patron of RIT Buddhist Association. He is a Johnian and classmate of U Myint Thein (Dr. Tin Win’s elder brother). He also attended YUBC Regattas.
Dr. Sein Myint is Past President of MES.
U Kyaw Tint (Min69) received his Masters from Queensland, Australia. He was the youngest in his class. He was a Prisoner of Conscience
U Aung Myint (Pet69) is Patron of RIT Cartoon Box along with U Khin Maung Phone Ko (C64). He published Kyant Ba Hone.
Some Senior Alumni
U Win Thein Zaw (Wai Lu, Min69) is a former Pyithu Hluttaw Representative. He wrote several articles for the 69er Golden Jubilee.
U Zaw Winn (Zin Yaw Gyi, Min71) is a bilingual writer. He wrote several articles for the Combined 1st BE Intake of 64 and 65. He also volunteered for Committees on Mining & Education.
U Aung Myint (Min71) is known as Thamankyar Ko Myint. He is a member of A1 Family. His siblings are Daw Aung Si, A1 Than Htut, A1 Thein Htut and Sai Wunna (GBNF). He is a guitarist, vocalist and operates a Studio.
Feedback from U Win Thein Zaw (Min69)
The Mining Course was first offered at BOC College in 1955-56 with the help of foreign sayas. Mining was one of the eight Disciplines offered at RIT under the new Education System. There were several native sayas, thereby needing less foreign teachers.
The enrollment and graduation of Mining Engineering students dropped. Only four graduated in 1966. None graduated in 1967 and 1968.
Due to the initiative by the Mining Ministry, there were 14 graduates in 1969. Several scholarships were offered; many studied at the Colorado School of Mines. One Sawbwa Sao Kyar Seng studied E.M in his own. Sadly he was arrested by the government and his whereabouts were not known.
The reasons that caused Mining Engineering to become less appealing include (a) No more systematic maintenance of significant mines such as Heinda, Mawchi, Namtu (b) Haphazard practices in Mogok, Pha Kant (c) Curse of Myanmar Mining (& Gems Industry) (d) Less salary as government employees (e) Security (d) Uneasy to travel (f) The courses offer more Theory and less Practice / Training at world class Mines.