Dr. Figueroa is a Certified Human Factors Professional and a Senior Scientist at Explico Engineering – an engineering consulting firm – and has investigated many complex problems associated with accidents and failures throughout the U.S. and Mexico. She specializes in human factors, safety, and biomechanics. She has experience in a broad range of settings such as industrial and occupational, commercial / passenger / recreational vehicles, medical inpatient/outpatient / surgical, boating/watersports, and customer, residential, and public grounds.
In a nutshell, Rose is a goal-getter Engineering Ph.D. Latina, and an equity advocate who is passionate about mentoring, impacting STEM students and professionals. Trailblazing the path for the past decade, Dr. Figueroa has had boots on the ground and has been an active advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion. She has mentored numerous students and early career professionals. She has organized multiple national events/programs guiding students to successfully participate in competitive summer research programs, enroll in graduate school, and land their dream job.
Rose is a co-founder of the Diversity Task Force (now a Committee) at the American Society of Biomechanics, currently serves as the chair for HFES’s Disability and Chronic Illness Affinity Group, and is a member of HFES’s Code of Ethics Task Force. She is also the Regional SHPEtinas Director (Region 7). Rose has also led multiple philanthropic initiatives, including a state-wide relief initiative with 300+ volunteers (including coordination, gathering, transportation), resulting in 50 tons in good to Puerto Rico within six weeks of Hurricane Maria’s landfall.
She holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico–Mayagüez and an M.S.E. and Ph.D. in Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan–Ann Arbor.