Rose Figueroa, Ph.D., CHFP

Principal Consultant

Life Sciences



Dr. Rose Figueroa is a Board-Certified Human Factors Professional. She holds a Ph.D. in Industrial and Operations Engineering and has expertise in cognitive, perceptual, and physical human factors relating to accidents, injuries, and usability.

Dr. Figueroa has experience in a wide range of human factors/ergonomics topics, including product safety and warnings, risk communication, driver/operator training and behavior, visibility and conspicuity, decision and motor control response times, and human factors in accident investigation. Dr. Figueroa has analyzed and explained if a person’s capabilities, limitations, and actions may or may not have contributed to accidents in a wide range of domains, such as transportation, maritime and recreational boating, industrial, occupational, and construction accidents; amusement rides; professional/consumer products; premises; playgrounds; and railroads.

Dr. Figueroa has in-depth expertise in physical ergonomics, strength capabilities, kinematics, and biomechanics. As a doctoral researcher at the University of Michigan’s Center for Ergonomics, she developed a parametric hand model. She collaborated in developing new features for the 3D Static Strength Prediction (3D SSPP) Model, used by many practitioners and researchers to study and design physical activities and equipment.

Dr. Figueroa serves as a Director for the Board of Certification in Professional Ergonomics (BCPE) – non-profit organization recognized internationally as the Human Factors/Ergonomics/User Experience certification – and as the founding chair for the Disability and Chronic Illness Affinity Group (DCI AG) for the Human Factor and Ergonomics Society (HFES). Dr. Figueroa has presented her work at human factors, biomechanics, and safety conferences throughout the U.S. She is often invited as a guest speaker to deliver technical talks and CLEs tailored to a wide range of audiences, such as experts in the field, college students, attorneys, and paralegals.

Languages: Spanish (native), English (fluent) Brazilian, Portuguese (basic).


• Industrial and Operations Engineering, Ph.D.: University of Michigan (2017)
· Human Factors/Ergonomics & Hand Biomechanics

• Industrial and Operations Engineering, M.S.E.: University of Michigan (2013)
· Occupational Safety Engineering & Ergonomics

• Industrial Engineering, B.S.: University of Puerto Rico – Mayagüez (2011)

• Board Certified Human Factors Professional (CHFP) #2369: Board of Certification in Professional Ergonomics (BCPE)

• ABYC Standards Certified Advisor: American Boat & Yacht Council

• Certified XL Tribometrist (CXLT)