Semiconductor Day 2024

On April 9, 2024, Ohio State University became the nexus for innovation and industry insight with the celebration of Semiconductor Day. This event spotlighted an industry that is not only revolutionizing our daily lives but is also increasingly pivotal to Ohio’s technological landscape.

What are Semiconductors?

Semiconductors are the invisible powerhouses behind our modern conveniences. They are the essential materials that make up the microchips in everything from your smartphone to your smart car. As we look toward a future filled with smart homes, autonomous vehicles, and other yet-to-be-invented technologies, understanding and innovating in this field becomes critical.

Why Ohio?

The focus on Ohio is no coincidence. With Intel’s recent announcement of a new $20 billion semiconductor manufacturing site in New Albany, Ohio, the state is poised to become a monumental semiconductor research and manufacturing center. This project is expected to create thousands of jobs and significantly boost the state’s economy, marking a significant upturn in Ohio’s role in the global tech industry. Semiconductor Day highlighted why this sector is betting big on Ohio, transforming the state into a key player in the tech revolution.

The event commenced at noon with doors opening for a networking lunch, setting a professional tone for the day. From 12:30 pm to 4:00 pm, the sessions offered were invaluable for anyone looking to deepen their understanding of the semiconductor sector. The discussions ranged from expert insights into daily operations within the industry to practical advice on resume building, interviewing, and effective networking strategies.

Event Highlights and Networking Opportunities

A particular aspect of the day was the opportunity to network with industry leaders. I had the chance to connect personally with head recruiters from SSOE and Intel, which was an incredible opportunity to expand my professional network. Engaging with these industry experts provided not only a glimpse into the cutting-edge advancements in semiconductor technology but also highlighted the personal career opportunities available in this rapidly growing field. Additionally, the event was a great platform to meet many rising tech professionals like myself, enhancing our shared knowledge and creating a community of peers who are equally passionate about shaping the future of technology. This collective networking experience was not only enriching but also a crucial step in building a robust professional network.


Semiconductor Day proved to be more than just an educational event; it was a significant opportunity for career advancement and networking. Making the trip down to Ohio State to engage with professionals from the semiconductor industry was an enriching experience. It allowed me and my fellow Denisonians to delve deeper into the technological advancements and career possibilities within this rapidly evolving field. Networking with industry leaders and connecting with other tech-minded students from Denison created a vibrant atmosphere of learning and professional growth. This interaction not only broadened our understanding of the semiconductor industry but also strengthened our connections, providing a solid foundation for future career opportunities.

A note for all Denison students: Keep an eye out for opportunities like this. Events such as Semiconductor Day are invaluable for gaining insight into your field of interest, networking with industry professionals, and significantly advancing your career path. Participating in these experiences can make a substantial difference in how you shape your future in the technology field and beyond.

This event was a testament to how Denison University continues to bridge the gap between academia and industry, preparing its students for the challenges and opportunities of tomorrow. Let’s remain engaged, proactive, and ready to seize similar opportunities that come our way, ensuring we make the most of our collegiate and professional journeys.

By Ethan Scott
Ethan Scott Peer Career Fellow: Technology, Data and Science