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One new scholarship
Who we are and what we do
Richard Paul Russell Ltd (R-P-R) is a British company, founded in Lymington in 1992, specialising in the design and manufacture of precision electronic wind weather monitoring and datalogging systems. We provide IoT and cloud-based solutions to our customers.
What you could be doing during your work placement
Placements will work within our R&D department, gaining experience as an integral member of the team working on real projects. Projects cover a wide range of skills, from server-side programming to embedded software and hardware development.
Meet one of our UKESF Scholars
University of Surrey
- Degree Course:
MEng Electronic Engineering with Space Systems
What appeals to you about Electronics?
Even before school I was intrigued by electronics and tinkering, taking apart and rebuilding things to understand how they worked, but the enthusiasm my A-level Electronics teacher gave whilst teaching his subject, and the facilities they provided, allowed me to get a deeper understanding of the underlying hardware and software. It can be expensive to get started with electronics, so to have the support and the ability to bring your ideas into life was a great privilege.
Why did you want a scholarship with R-P-R?
The small size of the company means that you are thrown in the metaphorical deep end – but that isn’t a bad thing. On the contrary, you have to hit the ground running, but you feel like a part of the team and are doing meaningful work almost immediately. You also get the opportunity to work with all areas of electronics rather than being confined to just ‘hardware’ or ‘software’.
On top of this, you get the privilege of working on a project from beginning to end, which allows you to find which areas you are good in and which you need to improve, and seeing the project coming together and taking shape is a benefit you are unlikely to get at a larger company.
What type of work have you been involved with during your placement?
Many wind and weather systems are located in difficult locations and harsh environments, and no system is bulletproof. So far I have been working on a system which aims to resolve common issues with our products such as sensor latch-up, wireless signal dropout and communications errors without human intervention. As this system was to be built from the ground up, I was lucky enough to be given the task of designing both the hardware and the software.
What are your hobbies and interests?
During my A-level studies I took the amateur radio exam and achieved my Foundation license, and I enjoy receiving and decoding publicly available satellite broadcasts such as the NOAA weather satellite transmissions. I am currently in the process of building a SatNOGS antenna rotator to track satellites more effectively and improve reception. I also modify and develop novelty console controllers. Outside of electronics, I like to visit classic car shows, and am currently in the process of restoring a 1969 Triumph Spitfire.
Meet one of our Undergraduate Engineers
- BEng Computer Hardware & Software Engineering at Coventry University
Why Computer Hardware and Software
Since a very early age, I have been fascinated with technology. I vividly remember the first time I was introduced to a computer. My love for computer science and its wonders has only multiplied since then. It is not just an exponentially developing field, it is also the most powerful one. I often find myself amazed at the idea that the state-of-the-art technology today can be completely obsolete before we realize it. Computer Science is undoubtedly at the forefront of this change. I have always found this change extremely inspiring. And studying Computer Engineering enables me to be a part of this change.
My experience at Richard Paul Russell Ltd
I am currently working at Richard Paul Russell Ltd as an undergraduate engineer. It involves a fixed-term contract of one year. My work at RPR is closely related to my degree course, which makes the transition from educational to industrial environment easier. I am involved in the project designing an instrument system for the company, which enables me to implement my hardware and software knowledge and skills to practical use. I mostly work on the software part of things, but understanding how everything is put together with hardware is very helpful. Working at RPR is an enriching experience in itself, not just academically but socially as well.
What interests me outside academics
I am an ardent reader. I read anything I can lay my hands on; books, magazines, newspapers, scientific journals and research papers. Apart from reading, I enjoy sports. Before joining university, I played basketball for my school and state for ten years. I also enjoy watching football. Other than that, I love traveling, visiting new places and learning about the life and culture in different parts of the world.