Alumni Spotlight February 2017

Harold W. Stetson, Ph.D.

Dr. Stetson graduated in 1956 with a doctorate in Ceramic Science and Engineering. He is the recipient of several patents and professional awards.

In 1959 he joined RCA in Somerville, N.J., where he invented and patented a tape lamination-co-fired process used throughout the world in ceramic packaging for interconnecting integrated circuit chips. In 1964 he joined the Western Electric Research Center in Princeton, N.J., as Research Leader-Ceramics. He was the senior inventor of an ultra-smooth, 99.5 percent alumina substrate produced commercially under two patents.

Dr. Stetson is a Fellow of the American Ceramic Society, a Fellow of the National Institute of Ceramic Engineers (NICE), and the past president of NICE. In 1995 he received NICE’s highest honor, the Greaves-Walker Award. Dr. Stetson was the recipient of the William Wilhelm Buessem Award from the Pennsylvania State University Center for Dielectric Studies in 1990. That year he also received the Founder’s Award from the Philadelphia section of the American Ceramic Society. In 1988 he received the Samuel Geijsbeek Award from the American Ceramic Society.

Dr. Stetson is the past president of the Mariner/Marlin Association, dedicated to  WWII Navy veterans who flew Martin PBM flying boats (seaplanes).