Geoff Bootle

‘Principal Development Engineer’ at Delphi Diesel Systems Ltd

How did you first become interested in STEM as a career?
My Grandfather was an engineer, and though my father was an RAF Officer he was a life-long ‘amateur’ engineer, car and boat DIY mechanic. I grew up playing with a huge Mechano set, and tinkering with cars and boats. So I found out that I enjoyed solving all sorts of engineering problems at an early age.

What pathway did you follow to get to where you are?
I first combined my love of boats and engineering by going to sea as a Marine Engineering Officer. When the British Merchant Navy went into a decline I left the sea to work for a Diesel Fuel Injection Equipment manufacturer. Thirty years later I’m still with them, designing, developing and inventing fuel injection pumps.

What inspires and enthuses you about your work and STEM?
I love to solve mechanical, hydraulic and electrical problems. I also enjoy the challenge of trying to pass on STEM knowledge to the general public and finding and encouraging prospective STEM students.

 

"I also enjoy the challenge of trying to pass on STEM knowledge to the general public and finding and encouraging prospective STEM students."