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AgeLab 2021: Keepin’ It “Real”


Term:

Fall

Department:

SCM: Supply Chain Management

Faculty Supervisor:

Joseph F. Coughlin

Faculty email:

coughlin@mit.edu

Apply by:

September 11, 2020

Contact:

Questions can be directed to Dr. Julie Miller at jmiller1@mit.edu

Project Description

The rise of COVID-19 has necessitated many in-person interactions (including this UROP position) now be conducted virtually via a range of different online platforms while leveraging diverse tools to engage research participants and partners of the AgeLab. The MIT AgeLab is seeking an undergraduate student eligible to participate in the UROP program, to work remotely during the fall of 2020 to help translate AgeLab research to global audiences. The student will work with the AgeLab research team on a variety of creative and technical tasks to build the technical infrastructure needed in order to communicate and display research results effectively; and to virtually interact and engage with a variety of audiences. We are open to new and creative ideas! This UROP will be an excellent learning opportunity for a student who wants to develop a creative communications portfolio, analytic and project management skills, and a network of collaborators. About the AgeLab The aim of the AgeLab is to invent new ideas and creatively translate technologies into practical solutions that improve people’s health and enable them to remain active throughout the lifespan. AgeLab’s research centers around how products are designed, services are delivered, and individuals will live, work, and play in the future. The AgeLab is made up of a multidisciplinary team of researchers focused on issues related to: caregiving & wellbeing; retirement & longevity planning; home services & logistics; and transportation & livable communities.

Pre-requisites

Prerequisites: • Passion for improving the lives of older adults • Ability to problem-solve, think creatively, and be proactive • Ability to work remotely, both independently and in a team setting • Positive attitude and ability to work with others • Effective communication, visual, and organizational skills • Current college undergraduate student eligible to participate in the UROP Program Ideal Qualifications: • Experience with video/audio production and editing • Interest or experience using online building platforms (including, for example, Minecraft, Roblox, etc.); software that enables the creation of virtual spaces where people can interact virtually (e.g., Open Broadcaster Software, Matterport, and Spaces); and/or experience using web programming languages (e.g., HTML, CSS, Javascript, etc.)