UCC Memories

UCC Saya U Aung Zaw

Update : January 19, 2022

U Aung Zaw
  • His official name is Aung Zaw.
  • His aliases include
    Aung Daing,
    Yebaw Gyi,
    Saya Zaw,
    U Nyana
  • He experienced a “True Love Story” about ten years ago.
  • He found out that both his kidneys were not good, but one was bad enough to need a transplant.
  • He tried to get a donor for kidney.
  • His beloved spouse Ma Nan Kyawt / Daw Tint Tint Wai offered to donate her kidney as a sign of unwavering love, companionship and trust.
  • Tears of joy fell from Saya’s eyes.
  • For details, please read his first book “Bawa and Dhamma”.
  • Saya Zaw was born in Bogale.
    His mother passed away leaving behind him and his elder sister Daw Pyone Yee.
  • He is a nephew of Bogale U Kywe (a renowned palmist, GBNF), who both predicted the successful careers of Saya Chit & Bo Htay.
  • He met his soul mate in Pathein College.
    They married after graduation.
    They have to two sons and a daughter.
    They have three grandchildren.
  • He joined the Department of Mathematics.
    One day, Saya Chit asked him if he would like to join UCC.
    If Saya stayed in Mathematics Department, he might have a chance to do Ph.D.
    As for UCC, Saya would learn new technology.
  • Saya Zaw was chosen to study M.Sc. (Computer Science at Southampton University) along with Saya Paing who would do double-duty as a mentor.
    Saya Paing received his BS and MS in EE from Stanford University. He joined EE Department at RIT and transferred to UCC as co-founder and Manager of Systems Division.
  • Upon return to Burma, Saya Zaw taught M.Sc. and DAC courses.
  • He is one of the “sayas of UCC sayas”. Saya led the Systems Programming team.
  • Saya had training at UCSC (University of California at Santa Cruz) to have in-depth knowledge of Unix.
  • He transferred to CSO Computers (which had installed an IBM computer).
    He had Systems Training for IBM.
  • He moved to Thailand and later to Australia.
  • He was met in Bangkok by his former student (Ko Myint Oo, DAC, Co-op).
    Ko Myint Oo took him to Assumption University (formerly known as ABAC).
    Ko Myint Oo requested the Brother Director (Principal) and his staff to “interview” Saya Zaw.
    To Saya’s surprise, he was offered a job to start that very day.
  • The next stop was Sydney, Australia.
    He continued teaching at a University.
  • He also had weekly discussions with seniors including Saya Chit.
    His life experience, his poems, satires & articles, and the Dhamma discussions became his part of the book “Bawa and Dhamma” book.
  • He gave me a draft (in Burmese) a series of article for his grand children.
    It covers the culture and religious teachings.
    He said, “It does not matter if they choose to profess another religion or belief. It matters that they should know their heritage and culture before making life decisions”.
  • I wrote the English version based on his draft.
    It became part of the book “Cetana Thi Thar Kan”
  • I was reviewer of both books, and a contributing editor of the second one.
    I was honored to write a PREFACE.
  • Both books were published by his elder sister Daw Pyone Yee.
    His niece Cho Zin Win mailed me some book for distribution to selected UCC alumni.
  • Due to pandemic and calamities, the plan to publish a third book had to be put on hold.
  • In June 2002, I visited Sydney, Australia to attend three gatherings :
    RIT Alumni Annual Dinner Gathering (with Saya U Myo Win and Saya U Hla Myint as organizers),
    Old Paulians’ Lunch Gathering in Olympic Park (with Dr. Thann Naing / Bonnie Kywe as organizer),
    Paying respect to Saya Chit and Saya Dr. Freddie Ba Hli by UCC Alumni (with Saya Zaw as organizer).
  • “Saya Zaw’s smiles covered up the “physical” pain.
    I was surprised to hear from him, “Only 30% of my kidney is working.”
  • Sad to note that Saya Zaw passed away in 2020.
    He posted a Will and his wishes.
    In lieu of flowers, he prefers to have the Donations to societies providing help in Education, Health and Social Services.
  • When I decided to move from “Hardware” to “Software”, Saya Zaw told the management that he would happily let me become the Senior Systems Programmer, even though it would be “blocking” his career advancement.
    I salute you, Saya Zaw.
  • Saya Zaw was noted for his Thingyan Sar.
  • Saya Zaw and I were asked by Saya Paing to co-author guide books and publications used at UCC.

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