Lathrop Engineering's team includes the best and brightest to ensure our client's unique needs are met, and their backgrounds include biochemistry, industrial design, optics design, electrical and mechanical engineering and software coding to name just a few. The projects we do require experience, honed skills, and an ability to work within a disciplined process — but what really makes our client projects successful is the teamwork. Every member of our team is a highly valued contributor to our family-owned business, and every one of them brings a unique expertise that contributes to our success on a daily basis.
Rob has extensive experience in leading multidisciplinary teams, project management, and designing and developing complex scientific instrumentation — and has been at it for over 20 years. As the former Vice President of Lathrop, his optimization of the product development process now enables the company to complete even the most complex projects on best-in-industry timelines. The strong working relationships built with clients throughout his time at Lathrop have been instrumental in the growth of the company.
Rob holds both a BSME and MSME from the University of Santa Clara, and has served on the university’s Mechanical Engineering Industry Advisory Board for the last 10 years. Finding it important to give back to young engineers coming up in the ranks, he also contributes his time, mentoring, and training as part of his activities on the board.
Joe has over 25 years of experience in new technology and product development. In his previous role as Senior Program Manager at Lathrop, he managed the company’s project teams through the development of many successful complex scientific products. Previous to joining Lathrop Engineering, Joe headed Carter Design and Engineering, his own product development consultancy, where he worked with clients such as Ciphergen Biosystems, LightSpeed Genomics, and Mission Medical. Prior to that he led the Mechanical Engineering group at LabCyte, and held senior mechanical engineering roles at Complete Genomics, Philips Medical Systems, and other companies throughout his career. Joe holds a BSME from the University of Santa Clara.
Bob started developing products after graduating from college in 1973. He started his career at FMC, where he developed their mobile, air freight handling equipment and continuous flow "crateless retort" food processing equipment. He then moved on to Tom Roberts Consulting Engineers where he developed medical instrumentation, consumer electronics, and other specialized equipment.
As having his own business was always the goal, in 1982 Bob founded Lathrop Engineering to focus on product design and development. For 34 years, he worked with hundreds of companies in the Medical Device, Life Science, biotech, industrial, semiconductor and consumer product industries to help them successfully develop their products and take them to market. The harder a project was, the happier Bob was to take it on. "That's what we liked. Life Science and diagnostic instrumentation require the right skills, experience, and a disciplined process." Bob has a B.S.M.E from the University of Santa Clara.
Bob retired as President of Lathrop Engineering in June of 2016 and now serves on the Advisory Board at Paramit, Lathrop’s parent company.