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Mission Statement
The Kentucky Engineering Exposure Network (KEEN) is a Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Program dedicated to teaching Kentucky's kids about engineering.
KEEN is a unique partnership between the Commonwealth of Kentucky's school system and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.  The KEEN Program places engineers employed with the Cabinet in classrooms all across Kentucky.  Engineers visit schools throughout the state to discuss the applications of math and science in real world situations.  They provide insights into the opportunities and challenges available to students pursuing studies in the field of engineering.
Presentations are adapted to different age groups and topics: the work of engineers, specific math, science, technological subjects, and scholarship programs. Our presentations cover many different subject matters in the fields of math, science, technology, and engineering, and can be designed for grade school, middle school, high school, and college students
KEEN provides an opportunity for the Cabinet and local schools to work together, allowing Transportation Cabinet engineers to interact with students in their own communities. In addition, the KEEN Program follows many of the same concepts which are required under Kentucky's Education Reform Act, including the Common Core of Learning concept and the application of basic skills in math and science as they relate to real-life situations.  These contributions to the education of our communities are brought to the classroom at no cost to the school
The KEEN Program began in 1991 as a result of efforts by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials' Task Force on Recruitment and Retention of Transportation Professionals.  It was the first program of its type in the nation. Since its implementation, KEEN has reached over 70,000 students throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
Contact us for a presentation at your school! 
Need to schedule a presentation?  KEEN Coordinators are located in each of the Transportation Cabinet's twelve district offices.  These individuals will coordinate with local engineers to deliver presentations to your student base. For more information, contact your local KEEN Coordinator.

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Click your county to show your District's KEEN Coordinators:

KEEN Coordinators
District 1Jessica HerringCoordinatorjessica.herring@ky.gov270-898-2431
District 1Mike McGregorAssistantmike.mcgregor@ky.gov270-898-2431
District 2George PhelpsCoordinatorgeorgeb.phelps@ky.gov270-824-7080
District 3Christopher WaldenCoordinatorchristopher.walden@ky.gov270-746-7898
District 3Deneatra HendersonAssistantdeneatra.henderson@ky.gov270-746-7898
District 4Justin WallaceCoordinatorjustinp.wallace@ky.gov270-766-5066
District 4Katie HornbackAssistantkatie.hornback@ky.gov270-766-5066
District 5Kevin BaileyAssistantkevin.bailey@ky.gov502-210-5400
District 5Zachary NeihofCoordinatorzachary.neihof@ky.gov502-210-5400
District 6Emily PoonerCoordinatoremily.pooner@ky.gov859-341-2707
District 6VacantAssistantVacant
District 7Tyler MillsCoordinatortyler.mills@ky.gov859-246-2355
District 7Casey SmithAssistantcasey.smith@ky.gov859-246-2355
District 8Henry CardwellCoordinatorhenry.cardwell@ky.gov606-499-5080
District 8Amanda ParmleyAssistantamanda.parmley@ky.gov606-677-4017
District 9Allen BlairCoordinatorallen.blair@ky.gov606-845-2551
District 10Darren BackCoordinatordarren.back@ky.gov606-666-8841
District 10Jeremy SheffelAssistantjeremy.sheffel@ky.gov606-666-8841
District 11Quentin SmithCoordinatorquentin.smith@ky.gov606-598-2145
District 11Mike WestAssistantmike.west@ky.gov606-598-2145
District 12Chris JamesCoordinatorchris.james@ky.gov606-433-7791
District 12John Michael JohnsonAssistantjohnm.johnson@ky.gov606-433-7791
StatewideMichael BlackCentral Office
The Central Office Coordinator In Frankfort, Kentucky, Michael Black, can be reached at or 502-564-3160.