Carolyn Guidry Chair in Engineering Education and Innovative Learning
San Jose State University (SJSU)
Dr. Belle Wei served as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at California State University, Chico, and as the Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering's Don Beall Dean of Engineering at San José State University (SJSU) for 10 years. She is currently SJSU’s Carolyn Guidry Chair in Engineering Education and Innovative Learning.
Belle has been a champion for fostering inclusive excellence, bolstering STEM education, and developing sustainability programs. She led the expansion of educational access for historically underrepresented groups, and the development of the Engineering Pathways to Success initiative that brings Project Lead the Way curricula to middle and high schools in the SF/Silicon Valley region.
She is the founder and President of the Center for Advancing Women in Technology (CAWIT) that creates the Technology Pathways Initiative (TPI). TPI empowers public universities, sponsored by industry partners, to create new interdisciplinary degree programs that integrate computing with other fields of study such as biology, math, and social and behavioral sciences. The aim of these programs is to provide technology pathways, from campus to career, for today’s diverse student population, a majority of whom are women.
Belle chaired the Engineering Deans Council’s Diversity Committee in 2009-2012, and spoke before U.S. Congress in 2006 on innovation, contributing to the 2007 America COMPETES Act. She holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences and a BS in Biophysics from the University of California at Berkeley, and an MS in Engineering from Harvard University.