Corinna Lathan
Dr. Corinna Lathan
Board Chair and CEO, AnthroTronix, Inc.
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  • Describe what you do in your current work situation.
    AnthroTronix is a human factors and biomedical engineering research company. Our focus is to empower people to accomplish their goals using technology - from computer access devices for children with disabilities to robot controllers for soldiers.
  • Why did you choose engineering?
    I chose engineering because I thought technology was cool - especially robotics and virtual reality! I was also very interested in technology transfer or how high tech developed for space and military applications could be used for medical applications.
  • Where did you go to school and what degree(s) do you have?
    I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biopsychology and Mathematics from Swarthmore College, and a Master's Degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. I also attended the International Space University in Japan and am a Licensed Professional Engineer.
  • What do you like best about being an engineer?
    As an engineering research company, we get to work on many types of design problems. I work with a team of mechanical, software, and biomedical engineers developing robotic and computer-based technology to solve problems in the  medical rehabilitation, defense, and education research areas.
  • Which of your career accomplishments are you proudest of?
    Prior to starting AnthroTronix, I was a professor of biomedical engineering and worked closely with the National Rehabilitation Hospital. I was taken aback at the lack of technology for children with disabilities. To meet that need I founded a subsidiary company to AnthroTronix called AT KidSystems which created Cosmo’s Learning Systems™ – an alternative computer interface and educational software for children with disabilities.
  • Please tell us a little about your family.
    I enjoy spending time with my husband and children. We enjoy camping, hiking, and traveling and spending time at home with our 2 dogs and 3 cats!  We are also involved in the Interracial Family Circle – a support network for interracial families.
  • What (or who) had/has the greatest influence on your life choices?
    Many people over the years who encouraged me to be proud of standing out and being different. As a woman in engineering, you have to be comfortable with both of these things!
  • What advice would you give to a young woman considering a career in engineering?
    Don't worry about what you want to BE - pursue your interests and find cool things to DO!
  • Any other stories or comments you would like to share with EngineerGirl visitors?
    Don't worry about what you want to BE - pursue your interests and find cool things to DO!
Biography

Dr. Corinna Lathan co-founded AnthroTronix in 1999 and is currently Board Chair and Chief Executive Officer. Dr. Lathan's diverse background includes extensive research, teaching, and consulting in the areas of human performance engineering, medical device design, and assistive technology. Previously, Dr. Lathan was an Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering at The Catholic University of America (CUA) and an Adjunct Associate Professor of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park. Dr. Lathan is also Founder of AT KidSystems, a spinoff of ATinc, which distributes alternative computer interfaces and educational software. Her work with children with disabilities and robotics has been featured in Forbes, Time, and the New Yorker magazines as well as led to such distinctions as Maryland's "Top Innovator of the Year," MIT Technology Review Magazine's "Top 100 World Innovators,” and one of Fast Company Magazines “Most Creative People in Business.” She has also been named a Technology Pioneer and a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and is currently on their Global Agenda Council for Robotics and Smart devices. Dr. Lathan is actively involved in educational outreach programs that empower women and minorities in science and technology. She is the Founder of Keys to Empowering Youth for junior high school girls, an advisor to the FIRST and VEX robotics program, and a Board Member of the National Black Child Development Institute. Dr. Lathan is also on the Board of Engineering World Health, which supports the emergence of healthcare technology in the developing world, and on the Advisory Board of Amman Imman - Water is Life. Dr. Lathan received her B.A. in Biopsychology and Mathematics from Swarthmore College, and an S.M. in Aeronautics and Astronautics and Ph.D. in Neuroscience from MIT.

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  • Alfa Calam asked Corinna Lathan, AnthroTronix, Inc.

    Added Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at 8:48 AM

    I am a MBBS grad student and know for a fact that I cannot be a doctor (too rigid lifestyle), I love science and technology (mostly tech) and have a profound interest in brain machine interfaces and robotics as a integrated part of life, I am pretty good at math (at least what I learned till high school) the idea of a life where I don't develop some new machinery that expands our knowledge is pretty bleak. What do you think should be my path? Thank you, ma'am ^_^
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  • Mary

    Added Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at 3:52 PM

    Hi, I'm 38 years old mom, and 15 years ago I graduated as an industrial ingineer in my home country, Colombia. I never worked as an engineer, move to the USA and have been working as a personal trainer( it is a complex to explain). I would like to go back to school for biomedical engineering. I'm concern if this is too late for me to start all over again, also the financial aspect and balancing my reponsability as a mother. Is this too late?
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    Corinna Lathan, AnthroTronix, Inc.
    Answered Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at 12:08 PM
    Mary, If you have truly determined that going back to school is your best course of action for achieving your goals then of course you should try and make it happen.  It is NEVER too late!  That said, it's hard to answer without knowing your goals. I ...
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  • Nuala

    Added Sunday, September 11, 2016 at 10:36 AM

    Hi! I've been interested in biomedical engineering for a while everything about it intrigues me, when I finish my degree I want to be involved in the development of tissues and medical devices etc! However I have been doing more research and I've seen that a biomedical engineering degree seems to be useless because employers in the industry tend to hire chemical/electrical engineers over biomedical. Is this true? Would I be better doing an undergrad in electrical and then a masters in ...
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    Corinna Lathan, AnthroTronix, Inc.
    Answered Sunday, September 11, 2016 at 10:36 AM

    Nuala,

    I would recommend that you take the classes that interest you the most and don't worry about what the degree is called.  The most important thing in my mind as an employer are what skills do you have (eg. programming) and what projects ...

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