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After completing his PhD, Dr Rakowski worked for GEC Hirst Research Centre, Wembley, London as a research and development engineer working on vacuum circuit breakers and high power lasers. Dr Rakowski joined Brunel University London in 1978 and was one of the founder members of the enhanced Special Engineering Programme, as part of the newly formed Engineering and Management Systems Department, pioneering many new teaching and assessment methods around the use of problem-based learning. In 1992 he joined the department of Manufacturing and Engineering Systems as a lecturer in sensor and measurement technologies for use in production environments. In 2000 he became the Deputy Head of the Systems Engineering Department, finally joining the Design Department in 2005. In his long academic career Dr Rakowski has published 115 papers and has contributed to over £4million of research contracts. In 2011 Dr Rakowski received the Brunel University London STAR award in recognition of his contribution to teaching. Since September 2017 Dr Rakowski wwill be working part-time, three days a week (Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday).

Academic Qualifications

  • B.Sc. (Eng). in Electrical Engineering Second Class (Upper Division) Queen Mary College, University of London. 1973
  • M.Sc. in Power Systems and Machine Design Imperial College, University of London. 1974
  • Ph.D. in Synchronous Vacuum Circuit Breakers Queen Mary College, University of London. 1977

Current Administrative Duties

  • Senior Tutor
  • Student Personal Tutor
  • Chair, Design Board of Studies
  • Chair, Design Examination Boards
  • Member, Mitigating Circumstances Panel
  • Member, Industrial Advisory Group


  • Total Publications:115
  • Refereed Journals 26
  • International Conferences 59
  • Other Conferences 12
  • Patents 7
  • Books (contributions) 2
  • Technical Articles 9
  • [Invited Guest Lectures] [14]


Professional Qualification

  • The Institution of Electrical Engineers - M.I.E.E. - 1979
  • The Council of Chartered Engineering Institutions - C.Eng. - 1979
  • The Institution of Polish Engineers - M.I.Pol.E. - 1983
  • The Institution of Engineering and Technology - F.I.E.T. - 1999
  • The Institution of Engineering Designers - M.I.E.D. - 2007

Newest selected publications

Intiang, J., DeGolier, E., Rakowski, RT., Jones, BE. and Cheshmehdoost, A. (2009) 'Use of metallic resonant sensor in torque measurement transfer standard'.14th International Conference on Sensors, Technologies, Electronics and Applications. Nuremberg, Germany. 26 - 28 May. Sensor 2009. pp. 71 - 76.

Conference paper

Martinez, L., Cecelja, F. and Rakowski, R. (2005) 'A novel magneto-optic ferrofluid material for sensor applications'. Sensors and Actuators A: Physical, 123-124. pp. 438 - 443. ISSN: 0924-4247

Journal article

Yan, T., Jones, BE., Rakowski, RT., Tudor, MJ., Beeby, SP. and White, NM. (2005) 'Metallic resonant strain gauges with high overload capability'. Sensor Review, 25 (2). pp. 144 - 147. ISSN: 0260-2288

Journal article

Yan, T., Jones, BE., Rakowski, RT., Tudor, MJ., Beeby, SP. and White, NM. (2004) 'Development of metallic digital strain gauges'. Applied Mechanics and Materials, 1-2. pp. 179 - 184. ISSN: 1660-9336

Journal article

Au, YHJ., Kaewkongka, T., Harris, A., Rakowski, RT. and Jones, BE. (2004) 'Bearing condition monitoring based on the inter-arrival time distribution of acoustic emission events - theory'.5th International Conference on Quality, Reliability and Maintenance. Oxford, UK. PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERING PUBLISHING LTD. pp. 67 - 70.

Conference paper
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