Bobby Compton

Compton

Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Pratt School of Engineering

Professor Compton’s diverse career includes global engineering product design & development, program management, business leadership & research leadership in electronics design, medical devices, motor controls and energy solutions while working at GE Healthcare, GE Energy, Eaton Corporation & consulting for small companies/startups.  He has led industry research projects involving:  digital & analog electronics design, novel control systems, power electronics efficiency improvements, new machine learning applications, and integrated renewable energy solutions. He is also a certified Six Sigma Quality Master Blackbelt and has achieved several patents.

From 2015-2020 he was the Director of NC State’s Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Senior Design Capstone Program encompassing 200+ students.  This ECE program helped startups, research centers, and industry sponsors solve design problems by student teams developing products involving:  Internet of Things (IoT), Medical Devices, Machine Learning, RF Design and Renewable Energy applications. He developed & taught leading systems engineering design principles in the course, expanded the cross-discipline project diversity, upgraded the electronic design lab infrastructure and improved alignment of the program to industry sponsor & ECE Advisory board goals. 

He served as the Chairman of the Industrial Advisory Board for NC State’s Future Center for Renewable Energy (FREEDM) from 2014-2015.  He also served as an engineering subject matter expert judge at NC State University's Annual Graduate Research Symposium since 2015.

He has been an advisor for graduate students in the Duke Masters of Engineering Management Program (MEMP) Industry Practicum courses as well as advised undergrad engineering students in summer internship programs.  He advised students working on industry sponsored consulting projects involving: Mergers & Acquisitions, Supply Chain Optimization and Technology Marketing Strategy. 

He has served on Duke Electrical and Computer Engineering Ph.D. dissertation committees advising students researching biomedical MicroFluidic chips and integrated circuit test-ability as well as an NC State thesis committee for Silicon Carbide application research.

He earned a BSEE and MSEE from Virginia Tech. He also earned an MBA from the Fuqua Business School at Duke University specializing in Finance & Strategy where he graduated as a Fuqua Scholar in the top 10% of the class.

He is also a part-time expert consultant to industry for electronics design, power electronics, industry applications and electronics supply chains/component engineering.

He recently developed and is teaching a new course in "Energy Transition - Decarbonization" for Duke's Engineering Management Program (EGRMGMT 590.xx Advanced Topics) This innovative course was developed in co-developed with Wood, plc a leading global energy consulting company  The course teaches students practical engineering, economic and environmental skills needed to navigate the challenges and opportunities in energy transition projects.  The course includes the opportunity to work on a real-world, energy industry transition project using Wood's Decarbonization SCORE  (Substitute, Capture, Offset, Reduce & Evaluate) methodology.  Students evaluate realistic pro-cons of carbon capture, hydrogen, nuclear, geothermal, wind, solar, hydro, etc. solutions to abate fossil fuel plant generation emissions. 
https://www.woodplc.com/solutions/expertise/a-z-list-of-our-expertise/de...

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Pratt School of Engineering

Contact Information

Education

  • M.B.A. Duke University, 2003
  • M.S. Virginia Polytech Institute and State University, 1999
  • B.S. Virginia Polytech Institute and State University, 1988

Research Interests

Medical Devices, Sports & Health Physiology, Power Electronics, Electronics Design, Printed Circuit Board Design, Industry Supply Chains &  Global Macroeconomics

Awards, Honors, and Distinctions

  • Boundary Scan Hardware Test Strategy Innovation for CT Machines. GE Healthcare Vice President’s Annual Technology Awards . 2004
  • Certified Six Sigma Quality Master Blackbelt. GE Healthcare. 2004
  • Vision, Creation, and Leadership of Global Electrical Center of Excellence. GE Healthcare Vice President’s Annual Technology Awards. 2002

Courses Taught

  • EGRMGMT 590: Advanced Topics in Engineering Management

Representative Publications

  • Compton, B; Johnson, RW; Taimela, PS; Sebald, R, UNINTERRUPTIBLE POWER SUPPLY SYSTEMS AND METHODS USING ISOLATED INTERFACE FOR VARIABLY AVAILABLE POWER SOURCE RW Johnson, Y Liu, BL Compton, PS Taimela, R Sebald. US Patent 11,056,908 - 2021, Us Patent Office (2021) [abs].
  • Compton, B; Johnson, RW; Taimela, PS; Sebald, R, UNINTERRUPTIBLE POWER SUPPLY SYSTEMS AND METHODS USING ISOLATED INTERFACE FOR VARIABLY AVAILABLE POWER SOURCE RW Johnson, Y Liu, BL Compton, PS Taimela, R Sebald. US Patent 11,056,908 - 2021, Us Patent Office (2021) [abs].
  • Compton, B; Oughton, G; Liu, Y; Das, D; Taimela, PS, SYSTEMS AND APPARATUS FOR FAULT DETECTION IN DC POWER SOURCES USING AC RESIDUAL CURRENT DETECTION GW Oughton Jr, Y Liu, D Das, PS Taimela, BL Compton
    US Patent 9,297,862 - 2016
    , Us Patent (2021) [abs].
  • Compton, B; Oughton, G; Liu, Y; Das, D; Taimela, PS, SYSTEMS AND APPARATUS FOR FAULT DETECTION IN DC POWER SOURCES USING AC RESIDUAL CURRENT DETECTION GW Oughton Jr, Y Liu, D Das, PS Taimela, BL Compton
    US Patent 9,297,862 - 2016
    , Us Patent (2021) [abs].
  • Compton, B, UPS SYSTEMS AND METHODS USING COORDINATED STATIC SWITCH AND INVERTER OPERATION FOR GENERATOR WALK-IN – BL Compton US Patent 9,876,354 - 2018, Google Patents (2021) [abs].