Title: Dean, Engineering Educator
Location: Vero Beach, Florida, United States
Roger Compton, Dean and Engineering Educator, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Engineers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in ocean engineering.
Dr. Compton grew up spending a lot of time on the ocean as his father was an avid sailor and through this venture, it fostered a deep love and appreciation for being on the water. As early as junior high school, he knew he was destined for a career in either the Navy or shipbuilding. He chose shipbuilding and through this venture became the only one in his family to attend college. He first earned a Bachelor of Science in naval architecture and marine engineering from the Webb Institute in Glen Cove, New York and continued at the institution to receive a Master of Science in naval architecture. He rounded out his academic pursuits with a Deng in ocean engineering from the Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. He worked at the United States Naval Academy in the NAOME Department as tenured faculty from 1966 to 1998. From 1998 to 2011, Dr. Compton taught as a professor of naval architecture and served as a dean at the Webb Institute.
Out of the many achievements in his career, Dr. Compton says that starting the Webb Family Singers at the Webb Institute as one of the top highlights. With a shared love of music with his wife as an avocation, they were active in many community theatre and chorale groups and were happy to be able to start the foundation for the performing arts at the institute he had graduated from and taught at for so many years. In addition to this highlight, Dr. Compton has received myriad awards for his work, such as the William Selkirk Owen Award from the Webb Institute, the VADM E.L. Cochrane Award and the Distinguished Service Award from the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) and others. He has also maintained professional affiliation with the American Society of Naval Engineers, the American Society of Engineering Education and the U.S. Naval Academy.
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