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Smita Shah-Interview recap

Smita Shah is an incredibly accomplished woman. Smita has an expansive education including universities such as Northwestern University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Oxford University. Her education and experience in technology-enabled her to start her own engineering company in 1998 while she was only twenty-four years old. Smita’s company, SPAAN Tech, has many different services. SPAAN Tech works as a consultant for other technology companies that need a unique perspective on their projects in order to achieve their goals. SPAAN tech is currently working on several projects including improving runway lighting, building bridges, as well as utilizing solar panels.

Smita’s personal goal is to inspire other young women to get involved in science and engineering. As a child, Smita had a special interest in math and science. In elementary school, she would be the only girl in a group of boys doing math problems. She would often compete in math competitions while in school. While other children were playing sports, Smita was winning ribbons and medals for her academic achievements. Smita has had some encounters with sexism while being a very successful businesswoman. Often times when meeting with other companies, the employees would mistake her for an employee of SPAAN, not the owner. Luckily, Smita has a good sense of humor about it. As an Indian-American woman, Smita would often face minor obstacles because of her race and gender. However, these obstacles never detoured her from her goals and aspirations. Learn more: https://about.me/smita.shah

Smita is a fantastic role model for young girls. She inspires these young women to work hard towards their careers and to look at challenges as positive opportunities to excel. Smita believes that inspiring young women is vital for success in all industries. When asked if women should always be supporting other women, Smita explains that “We are each other’s greatest advocates”. She encourages girls that despite what they may think; they can have it all. There is nothing stopping oneself if they have the determination. Women have the ability to possess fantastic careers in math and science as well as having children and raising a family. Smita herself had two children in the process of developing and running her highly successful company. Smita’s hard work has definitely paid off in the long haul. SPAAN has been in business for over twenty years while pioneering the way for many new technologies in engineering. Smita is an inspirational story to any woman, young or old. Follow Smita Shah on Twitter