her Life

Margaret's contribution to STEM part 3

Margaret was involved in the advancement of STEM eduction excellence at the New York State and national level.  Her friends and colleagues in this arena provided this handout about the STEM efforts. 

New York State Footprint
NYS STEM Education Collaborative
Mission: To define and promote the scope and integration of STEM education as a statewide and national model.
Association of Math Teachers of NYS, NYS Society of Professional Engineers, NYS Technology and Engineering Educators
Association and Science Teachers Association of NYS work collectively and collaboratively to deliver STEM Education in
the spirit and vision of New York State’s MST Frameworks and Learning Standards. We take this approach to skillfully
and completely address the concerted state and national cry for STEM Literacy.
Empire State STEM Learning Network
Empire STEM is a statewide, community-led collaborative. The Network’s mission is to advance STEM education to
prepare all students for success in school, work and life to fuel innovation and economic vitality in the Empire State.
“STEM education” refers to the interdisciplinary teaching and learning of science, technology, engineering and
mathematics, to a level of rigor sufficient to produce critical thinkers and problem solvers across all fields of endeavor who
can thrive in the 21st century economy.
National Footprint
The STEMx™ network is a multi-state STEM network developed for states, by states. This grassroots movement provides
an accessible platform to share, analyze and disseminate quality STEM education tools to transform education, expand the
number of STEM teachers, increase student achievement in STEM and grow tomorrow’s innovators.
The network is currently composed of 19 state STEM networks, many of which have been working side-by-side for several
The Teaching Institute for Excellence in STEM education is the country's foremost innovator bringing STEM School
design, STEM curriculum, and STEM instructional support to schools, districts, states and the federal government. TIES
design teams work to create and build the finest STEM schools throughout the country. TIES recognizes the importance of
school design and STEM professional development for all teachers as the basis to improve and advance the character of
science, technology, engineering and mathematics teaching for students regardless of grade level. TIES understands the
need to shift the teaching of STEM education to focus less on fragmented and isolated bits of discrete information and
more on scientific understanding and reasoning. STEM education is trans-disciplinary in nature offering students the
ability to use project-based learning to address real-world issues that affect their family, their community and their world.
TIES works with regional and state economic development organizations to fuel STEM education curriculum and
instructional program development for the benefit of all. Our students are digital natives and TIES works to ensure that
the Technology and Engineering in STEM drive the relevance of the Science and Mathematics.
Memorial Videos (2015):
Margaret’s NYS STEM ED. Collaborative Keynote 2010:
Scaling STEM | Jan Morrison and Margaret Ashida March 2014:
Session 903 at the U.S. News STEM Solutions Conference in Austin, Texas (2013):


Margaret's STEM contribution part 2

Margaret was involved in the advancement of STEM eduction excellence at the New York State and national level.  Her friends and colleagues in this arena provided a video tribute to Margaret. 

Margaret's STEM contribution part 1

Margaret was involved in the advancement of STEM eduction excellence at the New York State and national level.  Her friends and colleagues in this arena provided a video tribute to Margaret. 

Donations in her memory

For those inclined to make a donation in Margaret’s memory, the family asks that you consider the following:

The Ashida family has dedicated their lives to service and education.  Margaret was named after her mother; when her mother passed, Margaret asked that her father establish a scholarship in her mother’s memory.  The family feels donations to this scholarship would honor both of them, and keep Margaret’s legacy of service and education alive.

Margaret E. Ashida Undergraduate Scholarship Fund  University of Rochester, 590 Mount Hope Avenue, Rochester, NY 14620.

There are many organizations that Margaret championed;  the following two organizations were particularly close to her heart.

Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics, Inc. (LEAP)

Workforce Alliance of the National Center for Women and IT (NCWIT)

We appreciate your patience as we continue to develop this site. Sharing your stories and photos via this web site will help us create her memorial service.  Thank you.

West Coast Celebration of Margaret's life


Margaret's West Coast friends held a Celebration of Life on Nov. 23, 2014 at the

Golden Gate Yacht Club, One Yacht Club Road

San Francisco, CA  94123

Sunday, November 23, 2014, 3:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

A video tribute can be found via the link below

Margaret's Contribution to LEAP

Margaret was dedicated to the LEAP organization for many years.  Her freinds at LEAP prepared the videos found via the link below. 


Margaret E. Ashida

Age 58, Latham, NY and San Francisco, Ca. Passed suddenly on October 5th, 2014 while vacationing in Indonesia.  Predeceased by her parents Dr. Sachio Ashida, PhD, and Dr. Margaret Elenore Elliott Ashida, PhD.  Survived by sister Janet Yoshie Ashida Johnson (Don), and nephew Alan Genji Ashida Johnson, US aunts Jennie Bridge (Steve), Stephanie Keyes, Japanese uncle Takeo Ashida (Michiyo), aunts , Sadako Kozuki, Yasuko Ashida, Yoshiko Itoh, Akiko Ashida, extended family and numerous friends and colleagues.  Margaret most recently held the position of National STEMx™ director for the Battelle Memorial Institute.  Previously she served as Director of the Empire State STEM Learning Network at the State University of New York.  She served as the Empire State STEM Learning Network Director-in-Residence for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI).   Prior to that she was an executive at IBM, where her experience included worldwide leadership in diversity and workforce management, university relations and recruiting, collaborative innovation, and operations in marketing and finance.  She earned a B.A. from the University of Rochester and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.