The article published Feb. 16 outlined a dozen influential thinkers and business people working to improve the quality of post-retirement life for the onslaught of aging baby boomers. As director of Massachusetts Institute of Technology’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.
Coughlin grew his interest in public policy issues while a political science major at SUNY Oswego. After graduating in 1982, he went on to earn a master’s degree from Brown University and doctorate from Boston University.
The Journal put Coughlin in the company of well-known financial planners, retirement living developers and other innovators.
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PHOTO CAPTION: Influential alumnus—SUNY Oswego graduate Dr. Joseph Coughlin ‘82, director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology AgeLab, was recently named one of “12 People Who Are Changing Your Retirement” by the Wall Street Journal. The Oswego Distinguished Alumnus is shown while visiting campus to present the keynote address at the 25th anniversary Quest in 2005, giving advice on graduate schools to (from left) Nancy Zelinski ‘06, Erica Taylor ‘07 and Tara McDaniel ‘08.
(Posted: Feb 28, 2008)