Friday, May 15, 2009

MIT researchers make magazine's list of '100 most creative'

Fast Company magazine has named Joseph F. Coughlin, director of MIT's AgeLab, and Neri Oxman, a graduate student in MIT's Media Lab, to its inaugural list of the "100 Most Creative People in Business." In its June issue, the magazine lauds Coughlin's research as being "devoted to using smart technology to bolster older folks' quality of life." Oxman, who graces the magazine's cover, is described as an "artist, architect, ecologist, computer scientist and designer who is not just making new things but also coming up with new ways to make things." Fast Company's list -- which includes Jonathan Ive, senior vice president of Industrial Design at Apple, Melinda Gates of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Michele Ganeless, president of Comedy Central -- features at least three others with MIT connections. They include chemist George Whitesides, formerly an MIT professor and now at Harvard; former MIT economics professor Susan Athey, now Microsoft's chief economist and a professor at Harvard University; and inventor Saul Griffith SM '01, PhD '04. The list is "a snapshot of the range and depth of creativity across our business landscape -- a remarkable and perhaps surprising source of strength in these times of turmoil," says Fast Company Editor Robert Safian.

The June issue of Fast Company is currently on the stands; profiles of those featured on the list will be posted as of May 18

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