Yu Hak Hahn came to America from Seoul, Korea, as a teenager in 1954, following the North Korean invasion of Seoul. He received a scholarship to attend Kentucky Wesleyan and graduated in 1958. He earned a master’s degree from Virginia and a doctorate from Penn State in physics. He started his career as a senior scientist with Bausch and Lomb.
In 1967 Hahn started his own business, CVI Laser Corporation, manufacturing high-power optical components. The company expanded rapidly with operations in New Mexico, Connecticut, California, Florida, Korea and England. CVI received the National Small Business Contractor Award.
During his 35-year career as owner of CVI, Hahn’s company has become the world’s largest manufacturer of high-quality laser optics.