Ashley C. Huderson
Senior Manager of Engineering Education at ASME
Be intentional but flexible in your journey.
WHAT DO YOU DO?
Leads the Education and Outreach department in supporting the mission of ASME , with an emphasis on advocating for and contributing to higher quality, comprehensive science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education for K-16 and a diverse and inclusive STEM workforce. Accountable for collaboratively designing, planning, organizing, overseeing and implementing educational programs and projects that define ASME’s role and impact in K-12 STEM Education, Engineering Education and Scholarships. Responsible for keeping abreast of national and strategically global issues as well as influences on formal education, scholarships, and the issues affecting colleges of engineering. Provides strategic planning and intellectual direction of all Education and Outreach programs and committees; the policies under which they operate; the advancement of programming through ASME membership and other partners; annual budgeting and grant oversight; solicitation of funding; and hiring, staff development, and supervision.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS FIELD?
During her two years at Georgetown University her interest in exposing and helping minority students navigate their STEM careers flourished as she accepted her first adjunct position, affording her the opportunity to teach and advise undergraduate and graduate level students. Serving as an instructor and researcher, exposed her to a number of well‐established and emerging educational practices that related to fostering students’ academic achievements, interest, and professional development. It was during this time that she decided to turn her sights completely to diversity and inclusion issues within STEM education and embark on a career that would allow her to make a meaningful contribution on diversifying the scientific workforce and empowering those interested in STEM, regardless of their background.
WHAT DO YOU LOOK AT & THINK, "I WISH YOUNGER ME WOULD HAVE KNOWN THIS WAS POSSIBLE?"
Working in STEM education, I never knew this “side” of science existed. I wish my younger self knew that science can be done ANYWHERE and not only in a lab.
WHY DO YOU LOVE WORKING IN STEM?
I love working in STEM because it gives me a sense of purpose to know that I am actively using my expertise to aid in solving problems.
BEST ADVICE FOR NEXT GENERATION?
Be intentional but flexible in your journey
INSPO / FUN FACT
"Don't settle for average. Bring your best to the moment. Then, whether it fails or succeeds, at least you know you gave all you had. We need to live the best that's in us"- Angela Bassett