Awards & Affiliations

The Small Business Commerce Association recognized SPAAN Tech, Inc. as Best of Business in Chicago Engineering Services in 2009. In 2007, the firm was named to Inc. Magazine’s list of the 5,000 Fastest-Growing Private Companies.

As head of SPAAN Tech, Smita Shah was selected as one of Crain’s Chicago Business “40 Under 40” in 2008, and received the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Young Civil Engineer of the Year Award in 2007. In 2011, she was selected as the American Consulting Engineers Council of Illinois (ACEC-IL) Community Leader of the Year.

Additional Awards and Recognition

  • Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award Finalist: 2009
  • Small Business Administration, Small Business Person of the Year Nomination: 2009
  • Asian American Coalition, Community Service Award: 2009
  • Women in Transportation, Diversity Leadership Award: 2008
  • Ellis Island Medal of Honor: 2007
  • Crain’s Chicago Business, “The Next Generation is Now”: 2007
  • American Society of Civil Engineers, Young Civil Engineer of the Year Award Illinois Section: 2007
  • Chicago Foundation for Women Honoree: “Celebration the Achievements of Asian American Women Entrepreneurs in Illinois”: 2006
  • Chicago United Business Leaders of Color 2005 Award: 2005
  • Northwestern University, Notable Alumni: 2004-present

Professional Affiliations

  • American Council of Engineering Companies
  • Templeton College Executive Network
  • MIT Alumni Club
  • Northwestern Alumni Network
  • Oxford Business Alumni
  • American Society of Civil Engineers
  • National Society of Professional Engineers
  • American Association of Airport Executives
  • International Code Council
  • U.S. Green Building Council, Chicago Chapter