About Us

The Colleges of Communication Arts & Sciences, Engineering, and Nursing and Michigan State University have joined forces to create the Trifecta Initiative: a winning partnership of three innovative colleges. With support and investment from all three colleges, the Office of the Provost, and the Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies, Trifecta is a launchpad for interdisciplinary development of innovative computing and communication technologies to improve healthcare and address health disparities. 

Eric Hunter

Trifecta Director

Eric Hunter is the Director for the Trifecta Initiative. As the Director, Eric works with faculty to address critical research questions and assists in providing new pathways for grant funding. His research interests include biomechanics of speech articulators, occupational voice use, biomechanical models of the vocal system, muscle mechanics and muscle models, and signal processing. In addition to his role as Director, Eric currently serves as Associate Chair in the Communicative Sciences and Disorders Department and is a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America

Katie Lacy

Outreach Specialist

Katie is the outreach specialist for Trifecta, making sure everything runs properly. Katie has led initiatives to update the website, keeps everything organized, and makes sure our physical space is welcoming to visitors. In addition, Katie coordinates the writing sessions and calls for facilitating fund applications. 

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