Friday, May 22, 2009

MIT AgeLab

I have very fond memories of my days at MIT. So much has changed since those "stone ages." For instance, the MIT AgeLab (which was created in 1999) wasn't around when I was a student at MIT. Was it really that long ago?

The MIT AgeLab was created to invent new ideas and creatively translate technologies into practical solutions that improve people's health and enable them to "do things" throughout the lifespan. Based within MIT’s School of Engineering’s Engineering Systems Division, the AgeLab has assembled a multi-disciplinary and global team of researchers, business partners, universities, and the aging community to design, develop and deploy innovations to improve quality of life.

The lab uses these 3 principles:
  1. Field Research
  2. Theoretical Models
  3. Laboratory Experiments
Today's MIT students have tremendous opportunities that we didn't have several decades ago. I envy them. If I could go back as a student again, I think I'd be spending so much time in the lab doing engineering research that I'd probably pursue a PhD and not an MD.

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