Oswego alumnus and Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor Joseph Coughlin '82 was recently featured as one of “12 People Who Are Changing Your Retirement” in the Wall Street Journal.
The article published Feb. 16 outlined a dozen influential thinkers and business people working to improve quality of post-retirement life for the onslaught of aging baby boomers. As director of MIT’s AgeLab Engineering Systems Division, Coughlin was included for his work integrating technology into the senior lifestyle and advocating for its use.
AgeLab has developed a computerized device with a barcode scanner that attaches to a grocery cart and assists older shoppers with their diet needs, according to the Journal. The system that bases its food recommendations on personalized cards has been licensed by Proctor & Gamble Co.
The Journal put Coughlin in the company of well-known financial planners, retirement living developers and other innovators.
Coughlin grew his interest in public policy issues while a political science major at Oswego State. He went on to earn a master’s degree from Brown University and doctorate from Boston University.
Coughlin previously told Oswego alumni magazine his involvement with the Student Association helped shape his career. He also recognized two Oswego professors: Dr. Mab Huang and Dr. Faiz Abu-Jaber, both now retired.
“One really taught me the love of research, the other taught me the love of teaching, though both were excellent in both,” Coughlin said.
— Shane M. Liebler
Joseph Coughlin '82
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