The Woman That Allowed Her Passion for Math Help Her Culture to Gain Recognition

As a young girl, Smita Shah showed how easy numbers and complicated math problems came to her. She was always very interested in showing how she could solve long equations and even made it into a fun relay race with her friends. Shah was not interested in track and field but instead went to Universities to compete, winning both medals and ribbons that she has in her possession still today. Smita Shah has not slowed down and still enjoys the pleasure of dealing with math today. She is the president of Spaan Technology which is a technology and project management firm that she founded in 1998. 

 Smita Shah Gained her master’s degree in civil and environmental engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and soon after she founded her company which has been listed as one of the top 5,000 fastest-growing companies. Within her organization, Shah focuses on completing engineering riddles instead of math problems. Her company wants to focus on local problems such as updating electrical systems within Chicago schools as well as fixing traffic lights.

 In the past ten years, Spaan Technology has grown tremendously. They now employ over 50 employees and 10 million dollars in annual revenue. Shah wants people to understand the enjoyment she gets from completing the projects in her company. She explains that by completing her many projects keeps her entertained, which helps bring her passion for her organization. 

 

 On October, 2nd Smita Shah as well as Mayor Lori Lightfoot, Senator Dick, CEO Andrea Zopp, and First Lady Amy Eshelman joined together for the 5th annual celebration of Mahatma Gandhi which has had a positive impact on the Indian culture for many years. The mayor also marked October 2nd Gandi day to honor his 150th birthday and long-lasting legacy in Chicago. Shah showed her gratitude at the luncheon as she shared how she was appreciative of the opportunity as becoming the founder of the Legacy Luncheon. She shares the importance of instead of excluding cultures, it is best to honor all and how she wants to make sure that she honors her culture in a positive way. She also explains how by founding this annual luncheon there will be a recognition of the Indian community in Chicago and how there will be a light shined on the importance of helping a community in order for communities to stay ahead and have resources. Learn more: https://cee.mit.edu/tag/smita-shah/

 There is not a question of the impact that Smita Shah has on Chicago. Since she is able to enjoy the process of making her community better. Smita Shah Chicago community presence is brilliant and very forthcoming with resources. She focuses on making her community better as well as to allow others to get a chance to help bring recognition to the Indian Culture within Chicago. Shah was able to become the founder of the annual luncheon for Gandi in 2014 and it has become very successful in showing the Indian culture’s appreciation for Gandi’s legacy that has been around for many years.

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