Kel Hahn

Kel Hahn

Director of Marketing and Communications - College of Engineering at University of Kentucky

Location:
800 Rose St., Lexington, Kentucky, United States
HQ Phone:
(859) 323-5000
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last updated 11/16/2017

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Kel Hahn of the University of Kentucky School of Engineering doesn't subscribe to that school of thought.
Hahn strongly believes that "doing work that honors others produces a lasting ROI that goes beyond metrics. Case in point? His profile of UK professor Sen-Ching Cheung, whose interest in developing a "virtual mirror" therapy for autistic children stems in part from his own son's struggle with the disorder. That research, though, was not well funded and thus not fully developed. In writing the article, Hahn remained true to his subject and let the narrative speak for itself without resorting to maudlin emotion. Shortly after, Cheung's story captured the attention of the Chronicle of Higher Education. Shortly thereafter, Cheung received $800,000 in funding for the "virtual mirror" from the National Science Foundation. Hahn says he was able to tell this story the way that he did because of the intimacy he brings to his work. He defines intimacy as a personal involvement and ownership in your work that involves understanding, believing, and practice. "We can't be superficial in our jobs. (Check out Hahn's slides for the whole scoop.) While Hahn does not credit his story with directly contributing to the NSF award, he believes simply that promoting the good work of good people can help them attract more opportunities and recognition.

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by Kel Hahn, Associate Director of Communications, University of Kentucky College of Engineering

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