Smita Shah, the president, chief executive officer, and founder of SPAAN Tech in Chicago, IL, completed postgraduate work at Oxford University and MIT. Dedicated to her Chicago, IL, community, Smita Shah is a member of several professional organizations including the National Organization of Minority Engineers (NOME).
Founded by Dr. Michael Sutton in 2011, the National Organization of Minority Engineers is dedicated to removing the economic, social, and political obstacles faced by minority engineer-owned organizations throughout the country. Standard membership is open to MBE-certified businesses that are at least 51 percent owned and operated by minority members, with different tiers depending on annual revenues. Associate membership is open to MBE-certified businesses that have less than 51 percent minority ownership. Finally, the NOME is open to corporate and governmental organizations with any level of minority ownership or participation.
Membership in the National Organization of Minority Engineers offers a number of benefits, including admission to the annual NOME Leadership Summit held every June. Members also have the opportunity to join one of the organization’s 13 special interest committees as well as different regional projects. Additionally, NOME gives its members a voice in constantly-evolving matters like legislative representation and offers opportunities to keep current on business trends through continuing education.