Smita Shah, President and CEO of Spaan Tech, was on Steve Cochran Show to discuss how she carved out a career in tech and the importance of engineering. She started the company 20 years ago with a goal to bring talented people together to work on various projects and make a difference. Shah was very good at math and related areas growing up, a thing that made her unique among students.
Smita Shah adopts a simplicity personality that people mistakes her for a sales person for the company. In fact, some people find it difficult to believe that she holds a master of science in civil engineering from MIT to this day. She is among the most successful women in the American tech industry and she encourages minority to pursue their ambitions and succeed.
Women have a tendency to become successful when they get into the math and science field. Actually, Smita Shah believes that many of the women pursuing tech courses in MIT are highly likely to be successful. She does not like that the math and science field is more associated with the male gender than female gender.
When she started Spaan Tech, she didn’t really care or rather worry about the business not becoming successful. She was comforted with the perspective that if it fails, she could try something else like getting employed by some company. She acknowledges it can be hard to start a business and get suitable talent. Smita Shah believes that more effort should be made to encourage to pursue careers along the math and science field. Some people often get scared of the math and science but they are just simple facts of life.
Smita Shah describes the engineering profession as a noble profession and she recommends it for girls. It gives room to have family and you can live a fulfilled life with a career in the engineering field. Smita Shah suggests that women should support each other to excel in the field. Whenever she faces a challenge at the workplace, she embraces it and finds a way around it with a sober mind. Smita Shah’s company can handle road construction, bridge construction, integration to the public system and more.
You can look for Smita Shah for anything tech ranging from roofs and solar panels to tech tasks. Shah has become a highly influential leader as well as a keynote speaker frequently featured in local, national, as well as international media. She has received a number of accolades serving on the Board of Directors of businesses and organizations. She also served under White House administration. She was recognized with the ‘Ellis Island Medal of Honor’. She is committed to strengthening international partnerships. Learn more: http://elpc.org/board/smita-shah/