Bobby Compton

Bobby Compton

Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Pratt School of Engineering

Bobby Compton has mentored individual graduate student teams in the Engineering Management Practicum, ENGRMGMT 556 for several years.  The Practicum 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.).  He also has formally served on Ph.D. dissertation committees advising students researching biochips and integrated circuit testability with Dr. Krishnendu Chakrabarty in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department.   

He was formerly the Director of NC State’s Electrical and Computer Engineering Senior Design Capstone Program for 200+ students annually.  This program helped startups, research centers, and industrial companies solve practical design problems by deploying student teams to work on a project in a product development process. He better aligned the program’s educational goals to industry needs, taught individual courses, and managed the ECE Senior Design Lab. He also served as the Chairman of the Industrial Advisory Board for NC State’s FREEDM Center for renewable energy.

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 medical devices, and IT data center products while working at GE Energy, GE Healthcare, and Eaton Corporation.  He also has led research teams involving:  electronics modeling and simulation, power electronics, machine learning applications, and renewable energy solutions. He became a certified Six Sigma Quality Master Blackbelt as well as achieving several patents in the areas of power electronics.

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


  • 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, Electronics Circuit Design,
Power Electronics, Systems Engineering & Controls, Macroeconomics, and Investing/Applied Finance

Awards, Honors, and Distinctions

  • Certified Six Sigma Quality Master Blackbelt. GE Healthcare. 2004

Representative Publications

  • McBryde, J; Kadavelugu, A; Compton, B; Bhattacharya, S; Das, M; Agarwal, A, Performance Comparison of 1200V Silicon and SiC devices for UPS Application, Iecon 2010 36th Annual Conference on Ieee Industrial Electronics Society (2010) [abs].