ABOUT Belle W. Y. Wei


For more than a quarter century, Dr. Belle Wei has assumed an expanding range of leadership positions in the California State University system, which include serving as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at California State University, Chico, and a decade of service as the Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering’s Don Beall Dean of Engineering at San José State University (SJSU). Currently, she is Carolyn Guidry Chair in Engineering Education and Innovative Learning at SJSU.

Belle has advanced a dynamic and successful agenda to promote student success, foster inclusive excellence, bolster STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education, and champion sustainability programs, all within a framework of interdisciplinary, global-scale thinking. She led the expansion of educational access for historically underrepresented groups, and helped create Aim For 4 and Take 2 initiatives to improve students’ timely graduation at Chico State. She also led the development of the Engineering Pathways to Success initiative that strengthens high school and middle school students’ educational preparation from classes to careers in STEM fields. In the area of sustainability, she has inspired the development of new interdisciplinary programs in climate change solutions.

Belle has collaborated with leaders across the nation and around the world to advance this educational and sustainability agenda. She served on the Engineering Deans Council’s Executive Board of American Society for Engineering Education in 2009-2012, and chaired its Diversity Committee. Belle spoke before the U.S. Congress in 2006 about the “Innovation Agenda,” contributing to the 2007 America COMPETES Act, and she is a founding board member of the U.S.-China Green Energy Council. In 2012, she received a White House invitation to participate in the “10,000 Engineers Initiative” of the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness.

Belle received her bachelor’s degree in Biophysics from U.C. Berkeley, her M.S. in Engineering from Harvard, and her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences from UC Berkeley.