August 28, 2006
SJSU's Dr. Belle Wei - Shaping the global citizen
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by Peggy Aycinena - Contributing Editor
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When I asked Wei about the significance of that visit, she said, "Students having the opportunity to 'hang' with President Bush would not have been news at all if it had been at Harvard, or even Stanford. The fact that he was here at San Jose State University is what was newsworthy."

"But really," she asked, "Why not? This is a very special place where we continue to delight in the fact that we can make these opportunities available to our students. We're talking about an education here that is a totally empowering experience for all of our students. And that is why I continue to be completely energized about being part of this place!"

Right place, right time

Let me close with a personal observation: Dr. Belle Wei is perfectly positioned to lead the next generation of engineers into the 21st century, and all of the challenges this era will entail: problematic ethnic and national differences, clashes between economies and economic models, competition for dominance in innovation, resources, and markets, and on top of all that, explosive advances at the interface between biological and human-engineered systems.

Someone like Belle Wei - fluent in the lengua franca of the life sciences, engineering, and industry - is exactly the person who should be shaping future technology leaders and global citizens of the world. Who better to head up the school of engineering seated at the epicenter of Silicon Valley?


Hot off the presses:

U.S. News & World Report has just bumped San Jose State University to No. 12 in the magazine's ranking of top undergraduate programs in engineering. Nice!


Peggy Aycinena is editor of EDA Confidential and a contributing editor to EDA Weekly. She has a degree in biophysics from U.C. Berkeley, and a degree in engineering from San Francisco State University.

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Review Article
  • October 09, 2008
    Reviewed by 'jhuck'
    Interesting to know of this unknown Engineering leader. The Asia program is also interesting. Would be nice to know which Silicon Valley Electronics companies have Dr. Wei as one of their advisors.

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