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 & technology 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 integratable 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 leading systems engineering design principles in the coursework, expanded the cross-discipline project diversity, upgraded the electronic design lab infrastructure and better aligned the program to industry sponsor & ECE Advisory board goals. 

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

He has been a mentor/advisor for graduate students in the Duke Masters of Engineering Management Program (MEMP) and undergrad engineering students in summer internship programs.  His advising encompassed industry sponsored consulting projects across a wide spectrum of business challenges  (e.g. Mergers & Acquisitions, Supply Chain Optimization, Technology Marketing Strategy, Financial Modeling, etc.).  He has served on Duke Electrical and Computer Engineering Ph.D. dissertation committees advising students researching biomedical MicroFluidic chips and integrated circuit test-ability with Dr. Krishnendu Chakrabarty.  

He earned a BSEE and MSEE from Virginia Tech specializing in Electronics and Controls Systems as well as earning 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 currently developing & teaching a new innovative renewable energy transition collaborative project course EGRMGMT 590.xx Advanced Topics - Energy Transition for a new curriculum track focus starting in 2022 in the Masters of Engineering Management Program.  He is also a part-time expert consultant to industry in electronics design and strategy.

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, Machine Learning, Industrial Electronics Circuit Design,
Power Electronics, Systems Engineering & Controls Modeling &  Global Macroeconomics/Applied Finance for Strategic Technologies

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].