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.

Current Research Interests

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

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Contact Information

Some information on this profile has been compiled automatically from Duke databases and external sources. (Our About page explains how this works.) If you see a problem with the information, please write to Scholars@Duke and let us know. We will reply promptly.