It has been a hard path, but Smita Shah succeeded in pursuing a career which is related to Mathematics and Sciences. After graduating from the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a Masters in Civil and Environmental Engineering 20 years earlier, she decided to create her own company. 20 years after, SPAAN Tech, Inc. is still going strong.
SPAAN Tech was founded in 1998, just after a few years after Smita Shah graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of technology. At that time, Shah was just testing the water. Her mindset back then was if SPAAN Tech fails, at least she learned something from it. On the other hand, if SPAAN Tech succeeds, then she was able to build a company where talented people can share their skills and time doing great projects and helping the community. Fortunately, the latter is what happened. SPAAN Tech was even able to achieve recognition for institutions such as the Inc. Magazine and the Small Business Commerce Association.
Looking back at her school days, Smita Shah revealed that she was clearly a nerd. She even agreed when it was described as “‘Bing Bang’ before ‘Big Bang'”. Although her school environment was dominated by men, Shah revealed that she never felt “unique”, instead, she opts to use the word “different”. This is because the fields of Mathematics and Sciences are not usually the field that females take during their school years. Until being “different” became a normal thing and she overcame this stigma in her industry.
However, Smita Shah still encounters stereotypic actions in her field, especially from those people who don’t know her. Sometimes, she will be mistaken as an employee of her own company, mostly the marketing girl. With this in mind, Shah always makes sure that if she gets the chance, she will try and convince other women to break out of their shells if they really love working on fields that are dominated by men, such as Science and Math. She also shared her insight that both Science and Math are subjects that are fundamental to everyday life, even if you notice it or not. These fields exist to be enjoyed equally by both genders. Learn more: https://about.me/smita.shah
SPAAN Tech has been working with a lot of projects over the years. Some of the projects that Smita Shan and her team worked on are projects like buildings, roads, bridges, and adding necessary lighting to the streets. She makes sure that her company will be profitable by helping communities. When not in work, Shah is taking care of her daughter and son. This is to show that even working at such a fast-paced and competitive field, Shah was able to break the misconception that Math and Science will break the work and life balance. Follow Smita Shah on Twitter