Campus: CSU San Jose -- May 27, 2003
San Jose State University Names New Dean For College
Belle W. Y. Wei has been named dean of the College of Engineering after
a nationwide search, announced San José State University. Wei
joins a group of about 18 female deans in 345 engineering schools across
the nation. She is the only Asian-American woman currently serving in
that role in a full four-year accredited engineering school, and the
first woman to hold the position at SJSU.
The College of Engineering’s electrical and computer engineering
departments are ranked in the top 10 nationally among programs without
Ph.Ds, based on U.S. News and World Report’s annual survey of
“America’s Best Colleges.” As dean, Wei will oversee
the college’s 5,247 students, 82 tenure-track or tenured faculty,
148 part-time faculty, and a state budget of $12 million, not including
Since August 2002, Wei has served as interim dean, succeeding Don Kirk,
who retired after eight years. Wei has worked to develop the College
of Engineering as a premier educational venue. She has established instructional
and research development awards with external grants to enhance faculty
excellence in teaching and research. In addition, Wei has worked to
increase the $640,000 Silicon Valley Engineering scholarship program
to attract top high school students to the university.
Wei has established strategic collaborations with industry, alumni,
government agencies, and other educational institutions. For example,
partnering with UC Santa Cruz, she is in the process of establishing
a joint Ph.D. program and a University-Affiliated Research Center at
NASA. She has also built an industry consortium to help develop cutting-edge
curricula, and raised funds with an annual target of $2 million to endow
and support faculty development and student scholarships.
An SJSU faculty member since 1987, Wei served as chair of the Department
of Electrical Engineering for four years prior to becoming interim dean
of the college. Author of numerous publications on her academic specialty
in Very Large Scale Integration, Wei has also received several awards
for research and leadership excellence as well as research grants from
the National Science Foundation. She has a Ph.D. in electrical engineering
and computer sciences from UC Berkeley and a master of science in engineering
from Harvard University.
The College of Engineering at San José State University has many
outstanding alumni who are leaders in the high-tech companies of the
Silicon Valley and infrastructure-building agencies throughout the state.
The college has approximately 3,486 undergraduate students and 1,761
graduate students with engineering programs in aerospace, chemical,
computer, electrical, general, materials, mechanical, civil and environmental,
industrial and systems, and aviation and technology. It has an active
co-op and internship program and its graduate programs are designed
for working professionals. For more information, see www.sjsu.edu/depts/coe.