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Hahn and Pelak Named Alumni Fellows

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Yu Hak Hahn and Daniel Pelak are among those honored with the Penn State Alumni Association’s 2006 Alumni Fellow Award. The most prestigious honor given by the Alumni Association, the award is administered in cooperation with the academic colleges and is presented to alumni who have demonstrated excellence in their chosen professions. The title “Alumni Fellow” is permanent and lifelong.

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Yu Hak Hahn is the founder of CVI Laser Corporation and the chief executive officer of Spectral Products in Putnam, Connecticut. He began his career at Bausch & Lomb as a senior scientist. He performed research in optics for high-power-laser applications for two years prior to starting his own business, Laser Energy, Inc., a company that manufactures laser optics. Laser Energy later was renamed the CVI Laser Corporation. The company has grown into the world’s largest manufacturer of laser-optical products, including laser optics used for eye surgery and microsurgery. The company has expanded globally with business in the United States, Korea, and the Isle of Man. CVI Laser has won several significant awards; perhaps most notably, the National Small Business Subcontractor in the United States Award from Sandia National Laboratory in 1980.  Hahn was inducted into the Alumni Hall of Fame of Kentucky Wesleyan College in 2005 and has been featured in an article in National Geographic magazine. He received his doctoral degree in physics from Penn State in 1967.

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Daniel Pelak is president and chief executive officer of InnerPulse, Inc., a privately held company developing a unique technology for the treatment of heart disease. The InnerPulse device, the Percutaneous Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator, is designed for the treatment of sudden cardiac arrest, an event that claims the lives of more than 330,000 Americans each year.

Pelak previously served as the president and chief executive officer of Closure Medical Corporation, which recently was acquired by Johnson & Johnson. Previously, he spent a long career at Medtronic, Inc., rising through levels of greater responsibilities in sales and marketing. He ultimately was responsible for the general management of several operating divisions at Medtronic. During his tenure at Medtronic he was the vice president of Cardiovascular Marketing, the vice president and general manager of Nortech, the vice president and general manager of Perfusion Systems, and the vice president and general manager of Cardiac Surgery Technologies.

He is a member of the board of directors of Affinergy, Inc. and AGA Medical, Inc. He received a bachelor’s degree in science from Penn State in 1972.

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