Melinda’s Story – Co-Founder of EyeTech

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Melinda Trego is a co-founder of EyeTech and started the company with her brother, Robert Chappell, in 1996. As one of the founding partners, Melinda has focused on the business operations and development of EyeTech as a worldwide supplier of eye tracking software and equipment. 

Previously of Orbital Sciences and Honeywell Aerospace, Melinda’s experience working with engineers and technology helped grow EyeTech from an idea in a garage into a full-fledged company. Prior to founding EyeTech, Melinda had eight years of experience in reliability and quality engineering in the aerospace industry where she received service awards for forecasting and process improvements. 

Looking to directly improve the quality of life for individuals, Melinda left the aerospace industry and successfully brought the engineering innovations at EyeTech from the drawing board into the hands of our customers. She has handled the creation and implementation of core functions of the business and lead the early strategy of the company. 

In her free time, Melinda enjoys getting outside to go boating, gardening, and hiking with family and friends.

Meet Reuben

Before we met Reuben, he was locked in and struggling with his newly diagnosed disease.

Now with his EyeOn Elite, he is:

  • Making and receiving phone calls to stay connected
  • Using eye gaze with all of his favorite apps
  • He is even getting his PhD in Educational Leadership Policy!