The majority of Prof. Bielefeldt's research focuses on engineering education including: ethics, social responsibility, community engagement, and sustainability. In addition, the recruiting and retention of students (particularly women) into engineering, teaching core engineering knowledge and professional skills, self efficacy, and identity are inter-related themes. She is mentoring PhD students researching leadership development in engineering students and engineering education in K-12 settings. As well, a current PhD student is conducting research related to Engineering for Developing Communities, specifically behavior change related to fecal sludge management.
sustainability education, engineering ethics, social responsibility