Shane Rodwell

        Photo of Shane Rodwell peaking out of his coat with hood and ski mask in the Arctic

Electronic Engineer

I am an engineer, specialising in problems relating to polar and marine environments.

I design, build, install and operate scientific data collection platforms and sensors.

Contact details:
  • +44 (0)1631 559 280

  • shane.rodwell

My expertise

Polar and marine instrumentation platform and sensor development and deployment

Electronic design

PCB design

Embedded Linux


Satellite communications

Remote instrumentation system design

Polar field work and ship operations, unmanned aerial vehicles, autonomous underwater vehicles, crewing small boats


Current research projects

Arctic ABC

National Capability - robotics




Fieldwork experience

Various roles acting as survey team leader, fieldwork season coordinator or lead engineer.

Antarctic and Arctic deep field operations.

Instrumentation deployments in Alpine and glacier environments.

Working on sea ice, either from land or ice-breaking research vessels.  

Marine operations – working as either boat crew or scientific team aboard research vessels for both inshore survey work and extended research cruises.


Relevant further training

BNUC-S Theory Examination for VLOS Operations

REMUS 600 AUV Operator and Maintenance course (Hydroid)

Altium Designer – PCB Layout  

RYA Coastal Skipper, Powerboat Level II, VHF, Marine Diesel Engine Maintainance

BASP Outdoor First Aid

STCW Sea Survival

Polar Bear and Personal Protection Course (Kingsbay AS)



Marine Science BSc: Lecturing and lab sessions, year 3 'Marine Robotics' module. Also organising robotics field day.


Rodwell, Shane; Jones, Bryn; Wilkinson, Jeremy (2013). Sea-Ice Thickness Monitoring from Sensor Equipped Inuit Sleds. EGU General Assembly 2013,  Vienna, Austria, id. EGU2013-9630

Elosegui, P.; Wilkinson, J.; Olsson, M.; Rodwell, S.; James, A.; Hagan, B.; Hwang, B.; Forsberg, R.; Gerdes, R.; Johannessen, J.; Wadhams, P.; Nettles, M.; Padman, L. (2012). High-precision GPS autonomous platforms for sea ice dynamics and physical oceanography. American Geophysical Union, Fall Meeting 2012, abstract #C13E-0662

Jarvis, M. J., M. A. Clilverd, M. C. Rose, and S. Rodwell (2005), Polar mesosphere summer echoes (PMSE) at Halley (76°S, 27°W), Antarctica, Geophys. Res. Lett., 32, L06816, doi:10.1029/2004GL021804.

Rose, M. C., M. A. Clilverd, M. J. Jarvis, and S. Rodwell (2005), Polar mesosphere summer echo detection using a dynasonde, Radio Sci., 40, RS6003, doi:10.1029/2005RS003249.

Other research outputs

A.W.S. design for ICEBELL project

Instrument design for INUIT project

Lead Engineer for SATICE project, buoy deployents SI01 to SI05

A.W.S. design for ONR-MIZ project

Instrumentation design for BLOWSEA project

UAV design and piloting for Calving Glacier Survey using an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle project (University of Edinburgh)

Engineer for Opening solid hydrogen storage markets through civil marine UAS (Innovate UK)

Employment history

Since 2010 Electronic Engineer. SAMS

2009-10 Marine Engineer. The Boat Yard. Ely, UK

2006-09 Instrumentation Technician. NIWA. Christchurch, New Zealand

2001-05 Electronics Technician. British Antarctic Survey. Cambridge, UK

1997-99 Junior Engineer. Philips. Cambridge, UK



1997 BEng (Hons) Electronic Engineering. University of York, UK