Campus: San Josť -- October 5, 2007

Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering Receives $4 Million Gift

San Josť State University's Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering today announced a $4 million gift from Donald R. Beall, retired Rockwell Corp. chairman and CEO, to endow the first-ever deanship for the college. Named the Don Beall Dean of Engineering, the deanship will provide funding to support the strategic direction of the college and contribute to the overall success of SJSU engineering students.

"Donald Beall believes strongly in the value of engineering and science education and its critical role in the innovation and entrepreneurial process leading to a stronger America," said Belle Wei, the first Don Beall Dean of Engineering. "We are grateful for this gift, which will help us advance our vision to educate new engineers who are technically excellent, broadly educated, and socially responsible, the new kind of engineers who can rise to the challenges of the 21st century."

The funding will be used to launch initiatives for student success, faculty excellence and cutting-edge multidisciplinary programs such as: green engineering, biomedical device engineering, global experiential learning, business education for engineers, and professional development and practice for engineering students.

Donald R. Beall retired from Rockwell in 1998 after a 30-year career. He served as president of the company for 10 years and then served as chairman and CEO for the next 10 years. Under his leadership, Rockwell became a global leader in aerospace, electronics and automotive markets. Through a series of strategic actions, the company became focused on a diversified group of leadership electronics businesses serving factory automation, communications, avionics and various communications semiconductor world markets. Those electronics businesses today are represented by six public companies through which significant shareowner value has been created.

An alumnus of SJSU, Beall earned his bachelor's degree in metallurgical engineering in 1960. He has an M.B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh in 1961.

The Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering at San Josť State University, the number one provider of engineers to Silicon Valley companies, has nearly 5,000 students enrolled in its undergraduate and graduate programs. The college offers engineering degrees in aerospace, chemical, computer, electrical, materials, mechanical, civil and environmental, industrial and systems, and aviation and technology. SJSU's engineering program was ranked 16th nationally among master's-level programs in U.S. News & World Report's annual survey of "America's Best Colleges 2008."

Contact: Pat Lopes Harris, 408-924-1748


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