Bobby Compton, Ph.D.

Adjunct Professor of Mathematics

Dr. Compton has loved math from an early age. He was a member of the school, county and state math team in high school. After three years of Aerospace Engineering in college, he came back to his first love and graduated with a PhD in Mathematics from the University of California, San Diego. He has worked for the National Security Agency and the Institute of Defense Analysis, and has taught at seven colleges and universities. 

Dr. Compton’s research interests include combinatorics, Bayesian statistics, graph theory, discrete math, number theory, algorithm design, and artificial intelligence. Most of his papers are classified and so can’t be listed here.

Dr. Compton enjoys surfing, bicycling, hiking, outrigger canoe racing and computer games.  He also enjoys spending time with his wife Andrea who is the superintendent at Cabrillo National Monument.


  • Ph.D., Mathematics, University of California San Diego
  • M.S., Mathematics, University of California San Diego
  • B.S., Mathematics, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Courses Taught

  • Pre-Calculus - MTH 1033
  • Business Calculus – MTH 1073
  • Introduction to Statistics – MTH 2003
  • Linear Algebra - MTH 2033
  • Discrete Mathematics - MTH 3043
  • Calculus Based Statistics with R - MTH 3063
  • Mathematical Modeling - MTH 3073
  • Complex Analysis - MTH 4013

Experience in Field

  • Adjunct Professor in Mathematics, Point Loma Nazarene University, San Diego, CA, 2016 – Present
  • Instructor, Copper Mountain College, Joshua Tree, CA, 2009 – Present
  • Researcher, Institute of Defense Analysis, Center for Communications Research, San Diego, CA, 1995 – 2009

Dissertations, Presentations, and Publications

  • Compton, Robert. 1990. Hamiltonian Cycles in Cayley Graphs and a Doubly Adjacent Gray Code.
  • Several Classified Publications