Dr. Malcolm LeCompte attended New York University graduating in 1969 with a B.S, in Aeronautical and Astronautical Sciences. From 1970 to 1974, he served on active duty with the Navy as a Naval Flight Officer. After active duty, LeCompte attended the University of Colorado in Boulder as a post-graduate student in the Department of Astro-geophysics. He received an MS in Astro-geophysics in 1980 and his Ph.D. in Astrophysical, Planetary, and Atmospheric Sciences in 1984. His doctoral dissertation described analysis of chemical and dynamic processes naturally occurring in the upper atmosphere of Venus. His research was performed at the University’s Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics and involved interpreting data returned by an ultraviolet spectrometer carried aboard the Pioneer Venus Orbiter spacecraft. After receiving his Ph.D., he accepted a post-doctoral appointment at the Harvard College Observatory and Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
In mid-1986, LeCompte took a position as a systems analyst with Aerodyne Research Inc. in Billerica, Massachusetts performing aircraft infrared signature and phenomenological analysis and managing a variety of related DoD sponsored aerospace research and development projects.
In 1994, LeCompte left Aerodyne to devote the next decade to an entrepreneurial effort to develop a commercial satellite remote sensing company: AstroVision International, Inc. (AVII)
In 2004, he departed AVII to take a faculty position as an Associate Professor and Research Director at Elizabeth City State University’s Center of Excellence in Remote Sensing Education and Research. LeCompte retired from the faculty of ECSU in 2009 and has since devoted himself to investigating earth impacts during the late Pleistocene and Holocene epochs by asteroid and comets. He is currently working in collaboration with colleagues at ECSU and other research organizations as a field and laboratory investigator, and co-director of the Comet Research Group.