rosemarie figueroa jacinto, Ph.D.
Dr. Rosemarie Figueroa’s areas of expertise are Biomechanics and Human Factors. Human factors is the scientific field dealing with the capabilities and limitations of people as they interact with tools, technologies, products, environments, organizations, and complex situations.
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 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.
Before joining Explico, Dr. Figueroa 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 and in the development of a 3D model of the hand that can be used to enhance current ergonomic analyses. 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.