An accomplished engineer who resides in Chicago, IL, Smita Shah has holds credentials from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Northwestern University, and Oxford University. Smita Shah founded the Chicago, IL-based engineering and construction management firm SPAAN Tech, where she serves as president. In addition, she holds a position as a board member of the National Organization of Minority Engineers.
The National Organization of Minority Engineers is a professional association that works to advance the interests of minority-owned engineering firms. These engineering firms include those that are at least 51 percent minority owned. The organization provides a range of benefits that focus on improving opportunities and removing barriers for its members.
In addition to ongoing advocacy and lobbying efforts that advance the economic opportunities for members, benefits provided by the National Organization of Minority Engineers include legal representation, professional development through seminars and workshops, and reporting on current events. Moreover, membership enables networking opportunities with organizational partners and other members. This networking encourages joint ventures and collaboration that further benefit members.