Title: Dean, Engineering Educator
Location: Vero Beach, Florida, United States
Roger H. Compton, Dean and Engineering Educator, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Engineers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in naval architecture – the engineering design of ships.
Dr. Compton grew up spending a lot of time on the water with his father, who was an avid sailor. He developed a deep love and appreciation for boats – their design and performance. As early as junior high school, he knew that a career involving ships and boats was what he wanted, either as a naval officer or as a ship designer. He chose the latter and became the first in his family to attend college. He earned both a Bachelor of Science in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering and, subsequently, a Master of Science from Webb Institute of Naval Architecture in Glen Cove, New York. He completed his formal education by earning a Doctor of Engineering from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. He taught naval architecture at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, as a member of the permanent faculty from 1966 to 1998. Dr. Compton served as the Director of the Academy’s Hydromechanics Laboratory for eight years and as the Chair of the Department of Naval Architecture, Ocean and Marine Engineering for two years. From 1998 to 2011, Dr. Compton taught as a professor of naval architecture while serving as the Dean of Webb Institute. He was President of The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) for 2005 and 2006. He is a Fellow of SNAME.
In addition to having the privilege of working with the next generation of naval officers and ship designers, Dr. Compton says that founding (with his wife, Jill) the Webb Family Singers was a highlight of his career. Both shared a love of music and have been active in many choral groups and community theater activities as an avocation, while each pursuing technical careers. Dr. Compton is a Professor Emeritus of the U.S. Naval Academy and a Dean Emeritus of Webb Institute. He has received several awards for his work including the William H. Webb Medal, the VADM E.L. Cochrane Medal, and the Distinguished Service Award from SNAME. Dr. Compton was also an active member of the American Society of Naval Engineers and received the Solberg Award for research from that organization.
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