Bobby Compton


Adjunct Associate Professor in the Pratt School of Engineering

Professor Bobby Compton mentors individual graduate student teams in the Engineering Management Practicum, EGRMGMT 556, which teaches students to execute business consulting projects for company sponsors across a wide spectrum of business challenges (e.g. Mergers & Acquisitions, Supply Chain Optimization, Market Strategy, Finance Investments, etc.).  Also, at Duke, he has served on Ph.D. dissertation committees advising research in biochips and integrated circuit testability with Dr. Krishnendu Chakrabarty in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department.  Currently, he is also a faculty member at NC State University as the Director of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Senior Design Program.  In this capstone program, students are taught the full-cycle product development process by taking a company or research center problem to a practical engineering prototype.  The assignments encompass market research, product requirements, systems design, component design, project management, developing working prototypes and public presentations.   He has also previously served as the Chairman of the Industrial Advisory Board for NC State’s FREEDM Center.

Professor Compton’s diverse industry career includes global engineering product development, program management and business leadership experience in developing industrial controls, medical imaging solutions, patient monitoring devices and IT data center products while working at GE Energy, GE Healthcare and Eaton Corporation.  He also led applied research teams in at those companies involving:  electronics modeling and simulation, power electronics, machine learning applications, and renewable energy solutions. While at GE Healthcare, he also became a certified Six Sigma Quality Master Blackbelt.

He earned a BSEE and MSEE from Virginia Tech and an MBA from the Fuqua Business School at Duke University where he graduated as a Fuqua Scholar in the top 10% of the class.  In addition, he also has patents in the areas of power electronics.



  • Adjunct Associate Professor in the Pratt School of Engineering – Duke
  • Director of Senior Design Program – Electrical & Computer Engineering – NC State

Contact Information

  • Office Phone: (919) 515-8740
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  • BSEE,  Virginia Tech
  • MSEE, Virginia Tech
  • M.B.A.  Duke University, Fuqua School of Business

Courses Taught

  • Duke - EGRMGMT 556: Engineering Management Practicum