RIT Dept

Saya U Tin Hlaing (M59, GBNF)

Tribute by Saya U Aung Khin

Former Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Final Year Student

It was the academic year 1958-59 and I was teaching the final year mechanical engineering students at the dome buildings. Having returned from the United States two years prior, I was still a novice at the trade. I had to put in many hours of lesson preparation because the class was filled with a number of bright students eager to learn and ready to throw questions at me from every possible angle. Among them was late Saya U Tin Hlaing (M59).


Upon graduation, he was appointed an Assistant Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering Department. A must for junior staff member was to take charge of First Year Drawing classes and U Tin Hlaing gave his hundred percent and more. It was a time when contract staff were gradually phased out, being replaced by returning State’s Scholars and at the same time the buildings at Gyogon were readied to accommodate the Faculty of Engineering, which later changed to BIT/RIT. Plans were also afoot to upgrade the staff by sending members abroad for further studies and U Tin Hlaing along with Saya U San Tun were selected from the Mechanical Engineering Department. U Tin Hlaing obtained admission to Purdue University and U San Tun to MIT.

Head of Agri

Upon successful completion of his studies, U Tin Hlaing returned to RIT to assume more responsible teaching duties and his specialization was in Theory of Machines. He was also involved in other activities besides teaching and his gentle nature coupled with respect for fellow workers endeared him to all who knew him. His depth of knowledge and guidance was very much appreciated by the students. When RIT underwent further expansion, U Tin Hlaing was made Head of Agricultural Engineering department, in which capacity he managed to coordinate the classroom activities with field applications. He was also actively involved in academic pursuits and authored a number of books besides contributing towards Burmese technical vocabulary.


He was a member of the staff tennis club and his participation in the club activities contributed to evenings of joy and laughter at the court.

He also played on the RIT Sayas Soccer Team.

Sad Loss

He was a devoted husband and father, being a family-first man. Unfortunately, his health began to fail at an early age and passed away in 1978. His demise was sorely missed by his colleagues and all those who came into contact with him, however remote. I, for one, felt a great personal loss and having had a loyal colleague and friend like him will forever be embedded in my memory.

Saya U Myo Win (GBNF)

  • Saya U Myo Win (Melvyn, M65) joined the Faculty after graduation.
  • Rowed for RIT.
  • Managed the RIT Automobile Club. The Club members gave Saya a farewell dinner.
  • Moved overseas.
  • Taught for many years at Waga Waga University in Australia.
  • He and Saya U Hla Myint (Charlie, M65) were the two senior sayas at the RIT Alumni Dinner in Sydney, Australia in 2006.
  • I last met Saya at SPZP-2016 in Yangon.
  • According to Ma Noreen, Saya did not want to broadcast his health condition. So, we were surprised when Saya passed away.
  • There were several messages of condolence. I will try to merge them in the future.

Saya U Ba Than wrote :

Please help me pass on my condolences to Myo Win’s wife.

I am very sorry to hear that your husband has passed away.

May he rest in peace.

Saya U Soe Paing and Daw Saw Yu Tint wrote :

See the photo of Ko Myo Win & wife with us and Ko Kyaw Sein at the 2016 SYPZP.

Our condolences to his family.


Saya Dr. San Hla Aung wrote :

I am so saddened by the unexpected news of Saya Melvin U Myo Win’s passing away. I met and talked with him briefly during the 2016 SPZP in Yangon and he was looking just fine then. I have known Melvin’s family for a long time and am now joining them in their sorrow.

Kindly convey my heartfelt condolences to Melvin’s wife Noreen, sister Pearl, and their families on the recent loss of a beloved husband, brother, and head of the family.

My prayers also for Melvin to reach a higher abode in his next existence.

Saya Dr. Nyo Win wrote :

I’m saddened to learn about Melvin’s passing away. Melvin and I were from the class of 65 ME. We both joined the faculty after graduation. He taught in the Agri Dept and I in the ME. I remembered well his smile and friendly chats wherever we got together. I want to extend my deepest sympathy and condolences to Melvin’s family. May you Rest In Peace.

Saya Dr. Tin Win wrote :

I am very sad to learn that U Myo Win had left us. I was away visiting my eldest sister who is in Hospital in Houston, TX, and was very much surprised to see the sad news when I got home last night.

I spent over a year sharing an apartment with Ko Myo Win, Ko Aung Soe (Math), and Dr. Ko Lay (Mandalay MC) in 1968-9 while he studied for M.Sc. at Melbourne University, Australia. We also worked together in the ME Department at RIT until 1976. He then pursued a successful academic career in Australia. He put in a lot of effort to help bring/apply Australian Technology to Agricultural practices in Myanmar while he was working, and after retiring.

He was always optimistic, had a very good nature, and was liked by everyone. He was a good husband and father, and a very proud grandfather. He was also very friendly and always ready to help anyone. I remember him always enjoying tinkering with his cars as well as those of his friends.

He will be missed by all who had the good fortune to know him.

My deepest condolences to Noreen and family.

U Myo Win and Auto Club members

U Thein Tun Aung (GBNF)

  • Saya U Thein Tun Aung (M, GBNF) passed away in November 2010.
  • Saya’s daughter Kay Thi donated K1 Lakh for the second time in Saya’s memory.
  • May Saya rest in peace.

Dr. Chan Nyein (GBNF)

  • Studied at Imperial College, University of London.
    Note: DIC stands for “Diploma of Imperial College“.
  • Was Professor and Head of Mechanical Engineering Department.
  • Was Deputy Minister of Science and Technology.
  • Was Minister of Education.
  • Passed away on January 17, 2019 (Thursday).
  • Last journey took place at Ye Wai Cemetery on January 19, 2019 (Saturday).
  • Yet Lei Soon Kway was held on January 23, 2019 (Wednesday).

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