Dr. Figueroa utilizes her multi-disciplinary expertise to assist clients in human factors, safety, and biomechanical analyses, understanding of complex scenarios and in the investigation and prevention of accidents. She holds a BS in Industrial Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez and an MSE and PhD in Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan.
Dr. Figueroa has been involved in a wide range of cases involving topics such as machine guarding, fall protection, material handling, risk communication, warnings, instructions, slips, trips and falls, excavation equipment, consumer products, medical devices, maritime ports, 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.
Before joining Explico, Dr. Figueroa was a doctoral researcher 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 and the development of a 3D model of the hand that can be used to enhance current ergonomic analyses. 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, forensic consultants, and researchers to study and design physical activities and equipment.
More recently, she has performed research related to driver distraction, warnings effectiveness, and visual and auditory cues in Virtual Reality. She has presented her research work at human factors and biomechanics conferences throughout the U.S. and has also been an invited speaker for technical talks tailored to a wide-range audience such as experts in the field, college students, and attorneys.
Languages: Spanish, English, Brazilian Portuguese