Dean Belle Wei has received high recognition from the Design Automation Conference (DAC) – by receiving the 13th annual Marie R. Pistilli Women in Electronic Design Automation Achievement Award. This distinguished award recognizes her leadership and professional contributions toward advancing women in the electronic design automation industry.
In a DAC press release, Karen Bartleson, senior director of community marketing for Synopsis, and chair of Women in Electronic Design, is quoted as saying, “Belle Wei, the first endowed dean at the SJSU College of Engineering, has spearheaded a long term transformation of the college to educate students to become engineers and immediate contributors in a global workplace. It is an honor to present her with this award.”
Wei, who has served as CoE dean since 2002, was commended for her commitment to leading a college dedicated to educating engineers “who can take on today’s problems and produce tomorrow’s solutions,” and for being the first person in CoE’s history to hold an endowed deanship. During her tenure as dean, Wei has increased extramural grants and endowment gifts; strengthened industry partnerships; and tripled corporate master’s degree programs from five to 14. Wei was also commended for her dedication to service outside the university through active engagement in national and international organizations.
Dean Wei will officially receive the award and speak at the upcoming 49th DAC event in June, held in San Francisco. Says Wei, “I feel honored to have received this great award. There is no finer calling than supporting women in the field, having a pivotal role in educating our future engineers – and serving and furthering the electronic engineering industry,” she says.
The Design Automation Conference is recognized as the premier event for the design of electronic circuits and systems, and for electronic design automation and silicon solutions. More than 1.000 organizations attend each year, representing a diverse worldwide community.