In Memoriam: Margaret Ashida

October 10, 2014

in memoriam

Margaret Ashida

1956 – 2014

Margaret was a friend, a colleague, and an inspiration. We met in 2009, at the Inaugural STEM Education Dialogue at RPI. Margaret was beginning the process of creating a STEM learning network throughout the state, and I was very excited be a part of that process.  We continued to work together at the state and regional level, as the network of STEM Hubs grew, with Margaret’s support and guidance. She was a brilliant organizer who was energized by bringing people together. Margaret will be sorely missed and we will continue to be inspired by her vision, her energy and her passion for promoting quality STEM learning through collaboration and innovation.

~Sara Silverstone, Director, Finger Lakes STEM Hub


Margaret Ashida was the Executive Director of the STEMx™ multi-state network committed to transforming science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education through local innovation and state leadership for national impact. STEMx is operated by BattelleEd, a venture of Battelle – the world’s largest independent research and development organization.

Previously, Margaret led the incubation of the Empire State STEM Learning Network at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the State University of New York (SUNY) System. Prior to joining the non-profit sector, Margaret held executive positions at IBM in global workforce management and university relations, and served on global and national innovation initiative teams.

Margaret served on the Steering Committee of the New York Academy of Sciences/SUNY STEM Mentoring Scale-up Initiative and the NYS Education Department (NYSED) Leadership Team for Next Generation Science Standards development. She served on a 2012 NYSED Career and Technical Education Advisory Panel and co-chaired the 2012 Summer STEM Institute of the NYS STEM Education Collaborative. She was an Executive Committee member of the Board of Directors of LEAP (Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics Inc.); a Trustee Emeritus of the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology; was founding co-chair of the Workforce Alliance of the National Center for Women and IT (NCWIT); and past chair of the MentorNet Advisory Board.

Margaret received a B.A. from the University of Rochester and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Margaret’s family has created a memorial site for Margaret at