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CTL: Center for Transportation & Logistics

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Yossi Sheffi

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Taylor Patskanick, LCSW, MPH, Technical Associate, trpats@mit.edu, 617-253-1894

Project Description

The MIT AgeLab is seeking a UROP to work remotely during the summer of 2020. The UROP will assist with a variety of tasks including data collection and analysis, content curation for social media platforms, and community outreach program development to support the AgeLab’s ongoing efforts to improve quality of life for older adults and those who care for them. Open to full-time undergraduate students who are eligible to participate in the UROP program. Project tasks include: • Analyze qualitative data using a variety of data sources: phone interview recordings with people ages 85 and older about their activities, attitudes, and wellbeing during COVID-19; virtual focus groups related to work and career; a survey related to autonomous vehicle functions; a survey related to caregiving • Conduct bi-weekly phone interviews with people ages 85 and over to help gain a better understanding of the lives, challenges, and interests of the oldest age segment • Assist with regional outreach, development and growth of the OMEGA program, an intergenerational programming initiative • Organize and create content for AgeLab’s social media platforms • Support other AgeLab research and staff as needed About the MIT 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, business partners, universities, and the aging community focused on issues related to: • Caregiving & Wellbeing • Retirement & Longevity Planning • Home Services & Logistics • Transportation & Livable Communities


Preferred Qualifications • Passion for improving the lives of older adults • Ability to problem-solve and think creatively • Ability to work remotely, both independently and in a team setting • Willingness to use phone calls and video calls as primary mode of professional communication • Self-starter, communicative • Positive attitude and ability to work with others • Interest in learning data analysis software packages such as SPSS, R, Tableau, NVIVO • Proficiency in Excel or other database software • Effective communication, visual, and organizational skills