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.
  • Eight sayas are GBNF
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

  • Studied in UK.
  • Worked for Namtu Mines before joining 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

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, GBNF) 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 (GBNF)

  • 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 (GBNF)
  • Son : Dr. Barry Paw (GBNF)

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 (GBNF)

U Thein Dan

  • Was a few years junior to Saya U Moe Aung.
  • 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.

“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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