of his predecessor's enormous contributions to UST, Prof Roland
Chin said: "Prof Stelson set us in the right direction and
cultivated an excellent environment for UST to excel in research
and development. Our tremendous success today is a result of his
vision and leadership in the early years. We all miss him dearly."
Prof Stelson made his name as Vice-President for Research
at Georgia Tech. A renowned administrator, his considerable fundraising
skills helped Tech become one of the top five graduate engineering
schools in the US, and research spending during his tenure went
from US$8 million to over $112 million a year.
In 1980, he was appointed Assistant Secretary for
Conservation and Solar Energy to then-President Jimmy Carter. He
retired as Executive Vice-President of Georgia Tech in 1990 and
was recruited by UST to help establish the University later that
Initially serving in a consultancy capacity, Prof
Stelson was appointed VP-RD in 1991 and served with distinction
in that post until 1994. He is fondly remembered and his valuable
contributions live on in the successes of UST today.