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USC researchers study how walking speed affects health »

Researchers from the College of Engineering and Computing and the Arnold School of Public Health are studying how a person’s walking speed affects health and well-being.

  • Civil and environmental engineering professor Juan Caicedo and his team have developed technology that can capture details about a person’s gait from the vibrations footsteps make on floor.
  • Exercise science professor Stacy Fritz is able to take that information and extrapolate what the variations in a person’s walking speed and step length can say about health changes and challenges.
  • That information is important because walking speed is a key element in determining a person’s overall health and well-being. When a person’s steps slow, family members or medical professionals can be warned about a possible problem brewing.

What they're saying: “If your walking speed gets too slow, that statistically shows that you might have a good chance of falling in the near future. So, the idea is we would go into people’s actual homes, where they are living independently, and take measurements.”  — Juan Caicedo

Learn more about research into walking speed.

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Miss USA is CEC alumna »

Miss USA Morgan Romano knows all too well that only 28% of the STEM workforce is made up of women, and she's using her platform to spark interests in young girls and help create a pipeline for more women to purse careers in the STEM fields.

Read more about Morgan Romano.

CEC's Summer Start program builds community, paves way to success for first-generation students »

About 150 first-generation, first-year students attend the College of Engineering and Computing each year. A three-week summer residential experience is designed to support first-generation student's transitions to university life.

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Meet the College of Engineering and Computing »

The College of Engineering and Computing is committed to preparing the next generation of problem-solvers and innovators by giving them opportunities to gain valuable experience through industry internships and working with multidisciplinary teams in sponsored research projects.

Alumni perspective

“While at the college, I had the opportunity to develop relationships that positioned my early career for success. The research I did as a student for Dr. [Travis] Knight introduced me to key leaders in academia and national labs that led to some of my first jobs. Speaking at conferences, engaging in industry projects and other opportunities helped build my network."

Kallie Metzger, M.S. ’13; Ph.D. ’16, nuclear engineering, manager of Accident Tolerant Fuels technology for Westinghouse Electric Co. 

Read more about Kallie Metzger.


Amit Sheth, computer science and engineering, has been chosen as the recipient of the 2023 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers W. Wallace McDowell Award. The award is presented for outstanding recent theoretical, design, educational, practical, or other similar innovative contributions that fall within the scope of IEEE Computer Society interest.

Austin Downey, mechanical engineering, was received an NSF CAREER Award for his research, “Data-Driven Control of High-Rate Dynamic Systems.”

William Mustain, chemical engineering, has published “Effect of porous transport layer properties on the anode electrode in anion exchange membrane electrolyzers,” in the Journal of Power Sources.

Caizhi Zhou, mechanical engineering, has published “Atomistic analysis of plastic deformation and shear band formation in FCC/FCC metallic nanolayered composites” in the Journal of Materials Research.


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Artificial intelligence researcher and expert Forest Agostinelli explains what we need to know about the technology transforming the world around us.

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