Bobby Compton

Bobby 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, controls systems, power supply efficiency, machine learning applications, and renewable energy solutions. He is a certified Six Sigma Quality Master Blackbelt as well as achieving 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 FREEDM Center for Renewable Energy from 2014-2015.

He has been a mentor/advisor for a graduate students in the Duke Masters of Engineering Management Program (MEMP) and undergrad engineering students in summer internship programs.  His MEMP 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 Ph.D. dissertation committees advising students researching biomedical MicroFluidic chips and integrated circuit test-ability with Dr. Krishnendu Chakrabarty in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department.  

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

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

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].