In 2013, Ethan needed to complete an independent study project for his fourth-grade class. At the time, Dr. Hunter was beginning his research on the aging voice—and Ethan was interested because computers were used as a tool to answer questions about the voice. For this project, Ethan used the recorded speeches of one of Hunter’s study participants to analyze how pitch changed over multiple decades. He later presented this project at the 7th Annual Center on Aging Research Retreat at the University of Utah.
Since then, Ethan has expanded this research to include more individuals with more metrics. He has presented his research at the Michigan State Hearing Association (MSHA) Annual Conference in 2014 and 2015. He has also presented his research at the national ASHA conference.
Ethan’s research has been highlighted in the ASHA Leader. He has been awarded several awards for his work, including one from the Governor of the State of Michigan, Rick Snyder.
Ethan is currently beginning his first year of High School. He has been a student in Champs (an accelerated math program at MSU) and is currently enrolled in I-SHALL (an accelerated English program at MSU). He loves using technology and computers to solve problems. He plays the trumpet and piano, loves sci-fi and fantasy, reads computer and science magazines/books, bikes, shoots hoops, plays video games, and writes computer programs. He is a Boy Scout and has begun his Eagle project. Last but not least, he is the programmer for his Vex Robotics team, a part of the well-known and nationally recognized Haslett Robotics Club.