SSOE Group to Participate in Semiconductor Day at The Ohio State University in Columbus

COLUMBUS, Ohio, April 2, 2024 – SSOE Group (, an architecture and engineering firm named among the Top 2 Semiconductor Design Firms nationally for the past seven years by industry-leading Engineering News-Record, is excited to participate in and sponsor Semiconductor Day at The Ohio State University on April 9, 2024. Jointly hosted by the College of Engineering and SEMI—a global industry association comprised of companies involved in the electronics design and manufacturing supply chain for which SSOE has been a member since 2013—the event expects to draw more than 350 students from Ohio State in addition to students from local high schools.

Firm’s Semiconductor Experts ‘Chip’ping in to Help from Across the U.S.

SSOE will send some of its semiconductor experts, including those in basebuild, tool installation, and data / fire / security technology—with members of its talent acquisition team in tow—to lead various activities and engage with students. Chris Carroll, PE, Project Manager in the firm’s Basebuild Division, is traveling from the firm’s Advanced Technology hub in Portland, Oregon, for the event’s “Ask an Expert” showcase. During the “Day in the Life Theater” showcase, Mark Smith, Data / Fire / Security Technology Leader who works in SSOE’s Toledo, Ohio office, will share his career journey with students, which interestingly began in California during the semiconductor chip boom of the 1990s.

Also from Toledo, Mike Alek, SSOE’s Director of Talent Acquisition, will work with students one-on-one to refine their curriculum vitae during the “Resume Review” showcase. In addition, Clem Wood, Principal, Senior Vice President of Emerging Markets, who has a long history of semiconductor experience and tool install program management, will travel from Portland for the event, with Ryan Beagle, Mechanical Engineer in the firm’s Tool Install Design Division, making the jaunt from SSOE’s Columbus office to talk to students about a career in the semiconductor industry.

Wood shared, “While we’ve had an office in Columbus since 2008, one of four offices in Ohio and one of 20 offices globally, we’re now experiencing increased growth in the area due to our semiconductor expertise as manufacturers and suppliers set up shop there. Our Columbus-based talent has more than doubled in the past 18 months due to project demand and we anticipate that number will grow. As we continue to pursue work regionally, we need to bolster our resources and what better place to search than The Ohio State University. We’re looking forward to supporting projects that are bringing jobs to Central Ohio and attracting top talent to deliver those projects.”

Following Semiconductor Day, SSOE is bringing additional volunteers and staying on campus an extra day to participate in The Ohio State University College of Engineering Spring Career Fair in the Ohio Union Performance Hall on Wednesday, April 10, 2024.

About Semiconductor Day at The Ohio State University

The Ohio State University in partnership with the SEMI Foundation is hosting Semiconductor Day on April 9, 2024. The mission of this event is to showcase the region’s support of Intel’s record-breaking investment while availing Ohio State students and those from surrounding universities of career opportunities coming to the Columbus region. Registered students will have the opportunity to meet with more than 15 companies in the industry. Learn more here.



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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