Oxford engineering placement student James Russell


Rochester Sensors works closely with several universities but has particularly close links with the University of Oxford. Through this connection, the Rochester Sensors Trust has funded three bursaries in each year at the Department of Engineering Science.

The purpose of these Rochester Sensors Bursaries is to encourage able students to pursue a career in Engineering, whilst ensuring Rochester Sensors’s technical staff are kept abreast of developments via one of the world’s leading centres of technological excellence.

Working with the Department of Engineering Science at Oxford University, Rochester Sensors regularly provides final year students with work based placements for up to six months. During their time with Rochester Sensors the students usually undertake a project, jointly set by the University and the Company, which is marked as a part of their Finals.

Graduate: James Russell

Rochester Sensors Bursary Award student, James Russell, again demonstrated the mutual benefits of the long-standing relationship between Rochester Sensors and Oxford University.

During his brief, but intensive, placement, James made a significant contribution to several projects. Most notably, he was able to employ his electronic and mathematical skills to help improve the compensation algorithms used in a new high temperature variant of Rochester Sensors’s flagship fuel level sensor.

Commenting on his placement, James said “I was given the opportunity to follow a product from assembly, through testing and on to dispatch. I did this by spending a day on the production line then working with the quality department before finally watching the products shipped off to their point of use!

Graduate: Aaron Freeman-Powell

Now an Electronic Component Engineer at Jaguar Land Rover, in 2011 Aaron Freeman-Powell spent four months on a work placement at Rochester Sensors.

Aaron worked alongside our engineering manager on new sensor technologies including liquid dielectric auto-compensation methods for multi-fuel level sensors.

Reflecting on his brief but intense secondment to Rochester Sensors, Aaron commented, “I’ve always been passionate about electronics and my time at Rochester Sensors helped me decide upon the direction I want to take my engineering career”.

Graduate: Adam Cobb

Adam Cobb, a third year engineering student from The University of Oxford, spent his 2014 summer break on a work placement with us.

During the few weeks he was with Rochester Sensors, he was able to complete several projects contributing to our engineering, quality and commercial departments. Adam found working on documentation for Rochester Sensors’s New Product Introduction (NPI) procedure, “both challenging and rewarding”.

Graduate: Edward Jackson

Edward Jackson has continued his studies as a DPhil Candidate at University of Oxford researching biomedical ultrasound, during his work placement with Rochester Sensors he worked on a system for detecting theft from domestic fuel tanks.

Describing the project he was pleased to be able to say, “By the time my project ended my working prototype was being shown to potential customers”.