SSOE Group Semiconductor Experts to Present at SEMICON® West 2024 in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO, California, July 3, 2024 – SSOE Group (, an internationally ranked architecture and engineering firm ranked a Top 2 Semiconductor Design Firm for the past seven years (ENR), announced today that two of its semiconductor facilities experts will be presenting at SEMICON West on July 9–11, 2024 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.

On Wednesday, July 10, 2024, SSOE’s Clem Wood, Principal, Senior Vice President of Emerging Markets and Business Development, and Mike Newman, PMP, Vice President, Principal Division Manager, High Tech, will present “Expert Local Guides: How A&E Firms Support Project Life Cycle Onshoring Efforts” at 2:00 p.m. (PDT).

Globally recognized for its prowess in the semiconductor industry, SSOE’s presentation will discuss how architecture and engineering (A/E) firms can support Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and onshoring projects to build fabrication facilities in the U.S. They will walk listeners through what goes into designing the facilities where wafers are produced, from early site selection through construction administration.

This presentation is tailored to non-U.S. firms looking to start or expand their manufacturing presence inside the U.S. and will provide actionable advice on how to leverage A/E partners for successful projects. Topics they will cover include informed choices for sites, construction partners, and delivery methods; spec conversions – successfully bringing existing facility designs to the U.S. with Design Gap Analysis and Copy Smart techniques. The goal is for attendees to leave with a better understanding of how to determine where and when to engage an A/E in their FDI projects.

Themed Stronger Together, SEMICON West 2024 will gather industry experts and government officials to share insights into critical areas for the chip industry including supply chain resilience, heterogeneous integration, cybersecurity, sustainability, and workforce development to support the industry’s drive to $1 trillion in annual revenue. Updates on the CHIPS and Science Act funding will also come into sharp focus at the exhibition and conference. This year’s event will feature three full days of speaker sessions, a larger Smart Manufacturing Pavilion, and more. Additionally, this year’s conference will dive into Artificial Intelligence and how it’s being used within the industry to drive new efficiencies, as well as the current state of the industry as it relates to quantum computing. New this year is SEMI University—a variety of live, in-person, instructor-led pre-show trainings. These trainings will be hosted the day before the event on Monday, July 8, 2024.

SSOE’s semiconductor industry experience spans more than 30 years. From small facility upgrades to full fab retrofits requiring the installation of thousands of process tools, the firm assists high-tech clients in addressing today’s demanding, time-sensitive, and ever-changing facility challenges to ensure timely and cost-effective facility roll-out for the owner.

About the Speakers

Wood is the Senior Vice President of Emerging Markets for SSOE. He focuses on understanding the needs and strategies of Advanced Technology manufacturers so he can connect them with industry-leading design services at every step of the program. With over 35 years of program / project management experience in the semiconductor industry, he is proficient at providing superior oversight on projects of all sizes and ensuring engineering quality for numerous ramp and retrofit projects, including basebuild, fit-up, and tool install (150mm, 200mm, and 300mm technologies). Wood earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Milwaukee School of Engineering. He is based in Oregon and spends much of his time on the road coordinating with new and existing clients.

Newman is a Vice President and Principal within the Advanced Technologies Operation of SSOE. His primary focus is the semiconductor manufacturing market and its associated supply chains but also includes project ownership within electric vehicle batteries. Newman has 20 years of experience in the semiconductor industry, both on the A/E side and working directly for chip manufacturers. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering from Oregon State University and is particularly passionate about the implementation of Lean and Theory of Constraints (ToC) into project delivery and the culture of his division.

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About SSOE Group

As an internationally ranked architecture and engineering firm, SSOE is known for delivering unparalleled client value that advances the AEC industry. They have been named a “Great Workplace” (Great Place to Work®) and one of the “Best AEC Firms to Work For” (BD+C).

Over the company’s 75-year history, it has earned a reputation for providing quality project solutions to high-tech and general manufacturing clients in the semiconductor, automotive, battery, food, chemical, and glass industries. SSOE also provides forward-thinking design across healthcare and general building sectors such as corporate workplace, education, and judicial—with projects completed in 40 countries. Visit for additional information and career opportunities.

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