Margaret Ashida, Empire State STEM Learning Network (Empire STEM) Director
Empire State STEM Learning Network (Empire STEM) Director Margaret Ashida applies her broad corporate executive experience in innovation incubation, global diversity and workforce management, and marketing at IBM to the challenge of systematic education reform by focusing on STEM, the interdisciplinary teaching and learning of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Her goal is to increase the college- and career-readiness of all students.
Presenter – Margaret Ashida (State University of New York)
Attendees - Frank Fotia (Binghamton University), Chuck Goodwin (NYS Technology & Engineering Educators Association), Christian Harris (New York State Department of Labor), Steve Johnson (Riger, A Marketing Communications Co.), Thomas Kowalik (Binghamton University), Kathleen Lake (Raymond Corporation), Leah Ferentinos (Binghamton University), Kelli Ligeikis (Broome Community College), Norma Malfatti (Pastor), Thomas O’Brien (Binghamton University), Roni O’Geen (Empire State College), Chris Pappas (Broome Community College), Joanne Pfeil (Binghamton University), Elizabeth Rickard (Milford Central School), Glenda Roberts (SUNY Delhi), Frank Roma (Consultant), Sandy Watkins (BOCES)
- T. Kowalik welcomed members and participants and provided an overview about SUNY BEST. He reminded everyone that this session was being recorded and a link to the recording would be placed on the SUNY BEST website.
- Attendees introduced themselves.
- Margaret Ashida, Director, Empire State STEM Learning Network, spoke on the challenge of systemic education reform with a focus on STEM: the interdisciplinary teaching and learning of science, technology, engineering and mathematics to increase the college- and career-readiness of all students. She described her work focusing on the creation of the Empire State STEM Learning Network. Ashida discussed how Empire STEM is mobilizing communities to form interconnected regional STEM hubs with goals and action plans relevant to local needs, capacities and priorities that are aligned to the Network’s statewide mission, vision and design principles. She shared her learning from Empire STEM’s incubation at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the synergies with its new home in the State University of New York (SUNY) Office of the Senior Vice Chancellor for Community Colleges and the Education Pipeline, and its work with other state STEM networks across the nation. Discussion also included hub development status in the Southern Tier region and ways to get involved.
- T. Kowalik encouraged BCC STEP UP program to consider being a STEM hub for this region of the State and several STEM groups indicated they would be contacting M. Ashida to ask that she meet with their groups.
Margaret Ashida, Director, Empire State STEM Learning Network, Recording, 1 Mar. 2012 (Run time: 01:31:40)
The next meeting is Thursday April 5, 2012 at Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce 904 East Shore Drive Ithaca, NY 14850 from 10:00am – 12:00pm.