(Bielefeldt, Angela R - 2012) -- BFA Award for Excellence in Leadership and Service
A passionate educator and researcher who has worked tirelessly to improve engineering education, Professor Bielefeldt weaves service into all aspects of her professional duties. As director of the Environmental Engineering Program, Professor Bielefeldt has been involved in every level of curriculum development, student recruitment, and advising. Under her stewardship, enrollment has more than tripled in the last five years. In addition, the undergraduate program was recently ranked 11th by U.S. News & World Report. Professor Bielefeldt incorporates authentic community engagement projects into her classes. This innovation has had an impact on the hundreds of students who are now working professionals. In her contributions to the Engineering for Developing Communities Program, Professor Bielefeldt has worked to expand students’ projects beyond the classroom and into developing communities. She also works to take engineering projects into the K–12 classrooms. Through her work with Engineering for Developing Communities and her service on several national engineering boards, Professor Bielefeldt strives to enhance engineering education and promote sustainable engineering. She has received national and college recognition for her efforts, including the Early Career Award from the American Society for Engineering Education.