rosemarie figueroa jacinto, Ph.D.
Dr. Rosemarie Figueroa’s areas of expertise are Human Factors, Ergonomics and Biomechanics. Human factors and Ergonomic principles are applied to complex situations, environments, tasks, organizations, tools, technologies, and products to help explain the capabilities and the limitations of people within those systems.
Dr. Figueroa utilizes her multi-disciplinary expertise in the investigation and prevention of accidents involving machine guarding, fall protection, material handling, risk communication, warnings, instructions, slips, trips and falls. Dr. Figueroa has performed evaluations involving consumer products, medical devices, boating and water-sports, strength capabilities, visibility and conspicuity of objects in low-light and low-visibility environments, driver distraction, perceptual capabilities and limitations associated with vehicle operation, and decision and motor control response times.
Dr. Figueroa holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez, and an M.S.E. and Ph.D. in Ergonomics from the Industrial and Operations Engineering Department at the University of Michigan. Dr. Figueroa has in-depth training in physical and cognitive ergonomics, safety and public health.
Dr. Figueroa’s graduate research was conducted at the University of Michigan’s Center for Ergonomics in the areas of biomechanics and physical ergonomics. Her doctoral dissertation work focused on providing new data for predicting hand strength capabilities when pressing a flat surface and in the development of a skeleton-driven 3D parametric model of the hand that can be use to enhance current ergonomic analyses by estimating hand shape and predicting the hand posture required when grasping objects. She has presented her research work at human factors and biomechanics conferences throughout the U.S. Additionally, Dr. Figueroa collaborated in the development of new features for the University of Michigan 3D Static Strength Prediction (3D SSPP) Model, used by many practitioners and researchers to study and design physical activities and equipment.