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    U Aw Taik Moh (Civil 54) wrote:

Dear U Hla Min:

I have sent two checks for my and my wife's attendance at the coming Reunion in October; hope you will receive them in good time. One check is our contribution to the Saya Pu Zaw Pwe. I cannot thank you and the Organizing Committee enough for all you efforts, time and money to pull this reunion off. I just read the Newsletter and found out from Dr. Win Aung's letter that his father passed away in 1987 --- No wonder because I was waiting for Saya C. Ping Lee's name to appear on the attendees' list.

Am so sorry to hear this sad news. I also was a student of Sayas Chelk Ping Lee, U Kyaw Tun, U Ba Hli, Num Kok, Dr. M. P. Horwood and D. D Streeter (both from an MIT assistance program) back in the early 1950's.

Dr. Horwood was responsible for getting most, if not all, of the Burmese students admitted to MIT as well as Harvard. Even though I was a salutatorian in my class of 1954 (Univ of Rangoon), it took Dr. Horwood's encouragement and strong recommendation letter to the MIT School of Architecture & City Planning to get me admitted directly to the graduate planning program. Every year come Thanksgiving, Dr. and Mrs. Horwood invited the whole Burmese student community in Cambridge, Massachusetts, over to their home for Thanksgiving dinner. Some of us from this group may remember our friends like Dr. Aung Gyi (MIT Civil), U Khin Aung Kyi (MIT Chem), Percy Lao (MIT Sanitary Eng), U Aung Kywe (MIT San. Eng), U Win Htain (MIT Architecture), Nelson Chin (Harvard Arch), U San Tun Aung (Harvard City Planning), U Sein Hla (MIT San. Eng.) and U Tint Swe (MIT Civil), sons of ex-Chief Justice U Bo Gyi.

Dr. Horwood passed away in 1956, the year before I graduated from MIT. As I have written earlier, Saya U Ba Hli should be credited for his great vision and mission in the development of what is today the RIT or YIT, whatever one might call it. Saya U Ba Hli was responsible for bringing this group of MIT professors to help teach and strengthen the Engineering Faculty. Thanks again, U Hla Min, for the RIT website. It has enabled me to get in touch with some of my old MIT alumni. I hope I could also get in touch with my Rangoon University alumni who are still in Myanmar, but I don't know if they have e mails or not. Is there any rep in Yangon who may have email website and who would be willing to help people like me to establish contact with our Rangoon Univ. friends? U Hla Min: keep up the good effort; the future generation of graduates and Myanmar immigrants need people like you and other committee members to make life easier for them and remember our roots.

Best regards.
Taik Moh AW

    Ko Thura Thant Zin (Mech 76) wrote:

I've two photos, one is RUBC gold (our fours group with Ko Win Zaw) and the other one is RIT Rowing group.  I'll scan and send to you & KMZ.

We plan to honor all alumni who represented BOC, BIT, RIT, YTU, etc. in the various sports. Some also became members of the University and Burma selection teams.
    Saya U Tin Htut (Mech 60) wrote:

Thank you for your email and your request for the seating plan. I like to put in my 2 cents, if it is not too late.

For those of us who have not requested for special seating, I like to suggest that seating plan should be made by the committee in accordance with the year of graduation, (irrespective of the discipline, faculty or alumni), example : 54 to 58, 59 to 61,  depending to the seats available, and not necessarily 1 to 2 years in a table. The exception will be for Sayagyis who did not graduate from BOC, RIT etc.

With metta,
Tin Htut

    Ko Aung Khin (EP 68) wrote:

Ko Hla Min

I have scanned a class photo and Electrical Engineering Association photo (taken in 1967). I tried to write down the names I remember. Me and my wife will be coming to Saya Puzaw Pwe.


    Ma Khin Thinn Yee (Arch 73) wrote to KMZ on 6th August, 2000:

One of my friends told me about this web site today. I was very supprised to learn about the re-union in October which will reach all over the world. Please include my name in the database. Currently, I am a retired Architect in Los Angeles, California. I graduated as an architect from RIT in 1973. At RIT everyone knew me as Khin Thinn Yee. My email address is

Mee Mee

    Ko Hla Kyi, area representative for Singapore and Thailand, wrote:

Saya U Hla Min & Ko Khin Maung Zaw,

My contract in Thomson Television Thailand finished on 31st July 2000. I have started working in Project Group 2, R & D Thomson Multimedia (Singapore) on 1st August 2000. Please do not send the e_mail address "" in Thailand server. My new e_mail address is "" and my personal e_mail address is "".

Some of our RIT friends and I want to contribute for Saya Pu Zaw Pwe, how can I send to the committee? I can collect the donations from my fellow alumni in Singapore. If someone wants to collect, I will give support.

Thanks & Best Regards,
Hla Kyi

Daniel Tint Lwin (Mech 69), Associate Professor, NTU is the Treasurer Rep [of the Reunion and Saya Pu Zaw Pwe] for Singapore. Saya U Nyo Win will be visiting Singapore later this month.
    On August 27, 2000, Ko Myo Khin (Civil 70) from Japan wrote:

Thanks for your updated information for the reunion and saya pu zaw pwe. I will ask someone (my relatives in USA or my daughter in Canada) to pay for our dinner tickets. My wife Mya Mya Nwe (Winsome) is also 1970 Civil grad, previously she worked at the Architect group II with U Kyu Kyaw and U Tin U. As for the picnic, do we have to bring our lunch or how much do we pay for that event? As per my schedule I will arrive on 27 OCT 2000 16:19 hrs, SFO international airport. I will be putting up at the same venue hotel so if you need me for helping hands please let me know. I will come to SFO via Vancouver with a few days stopover. Ko Htain Win (Chauk Pay) will take care of me while in Vancouver.

Thanks, Ko Myo Khin and Ma Mya Mya Nwe, for your decision to attend the once-in-a-lifetime Grand Reunion and Saya Pu Zaw Pwe. Since you were a great organizer for the RIT Civil Engineering Association, we would appreciate your expertise to make the Reunion a resounding success. We request Ko Htain Win to send us photos of his days as a member of the RIT Rowing, RIT Swimming and Waterpolo teams.
    On August 25, 2000, Ko Thein Aung (a) James K. Wu (Met 72) wrote:

Please add the following to the attendee list.

  • Saya U Soe Khaw (Mining).
  • Dr. Soe Myint Win (former Professor and Head, Physic Dept., RASU) and his spouse.

Saya U Soe Khaw's professional profile.

  • B.S. (Mining) from U.C. (Berkeley-1950)
  • M.S.(Mining) from Missouri School of Mine (Rolla-!952)
  • Part time Lecturer, Mining Dept., B.O.C. College (1954 to 1958)
Thanks Ko Thein Aung for volunteering to compile the professional profiles of sayas and sayamas attending the Reunion and Saya Pu Zaw Pwe. Few of our alumni know that Saya U Soe Khaw taught part-time at Mining Department in the B.O.C. Engineering College. Saya U Soon Sein was later asked to teach full-time as Head of the Mining Department. Now nearing 80, Saya U Soon Sein's failing health and restricted travel plans would not permit him to attend the Reunion and Saya Pu Zaw Pwe.

In his 3rd year Engineering (equivalent to 5th B.E.) class at the B.O.C. Engineering College, Saya U Soe Myint Win was summoned by the Dean (Sayagyi U Ba Hli) to apply for a states scholar program. He did his undergraduate and postgraduate studies in Electrical Engineering (with emphasis on electronics and control systems) at the University of Illinois (Urbana Champaign). Upon his return, he was recruited by the Physics Department in Mandalay to teach electronics. Interested readers should see his article in the recent BAPS newsletter.
    Ko Myat Htoo (Civil 68), co-chair, Steering Committee, forwarded this e-mail from Saya Dr. San Hla Aung:

Dear Ko Myat Htoo:

Thank you very much for the invitation and ticket to the RIT Reunion and Saya Puzaw Pwe, and your hospitality for me to stay at your house. Hope I won't be causing you any inconvenience. I'm looking forward to seeing you in October, and I'll call you later about my date of arrival.

With metta to you all,
San Hla Aung

Despite his busy schedule as the President of Theravada Buddhist Society of America (TBSA), Ko Myat Htoo has pitched in time and energy to co-chair the Steering Committee with Saya U Nyo Win (Mech 65), two-term President of Burmese American Professional Society (BAPS) -- the maximum allowed under the constitution of BAPS. Ko Myat Htoo has also invited Saya Dr. Aung Gyi to stay at his house.

Ko Benny Tan (Mech 70) and Ko Maurice Chee (Mech 75) are the current President and Vice-President of BAPS. They are the co-chairs of the Working Committee (aka the Executive Committee) for the Reunion and Saya Pu Zaw Pwe.

Since the ancestor of BAPS is the Burmese Engineers Association (of the Bay Area), it is not surprising that BAPS has a close relationship with the Bay Area RIT Alumni Group headed by Saya Allen Htay (Civil).

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