As an impassioned advocate for the better use of technology to improve lives, Hector has pursued his vision of empowering people by carrying forward innovations to drive energy efficiency, revolutionize healthcare and other industries, improve information security and accelerate affordable access to the Internet.
When deciding to make an investment in technology, Hector's criteria comes down to two simple but powerful questions: Is the technology breakthrough? And, can it help people?
Hector invests his time and resources in a wide portfolio of technology companies that have the potential of improving people's lives.
Hector fundamentally believes that education opens doors for people. He is an impassioned advocate for providing better access to education and finding ways to utilize technology to improve the lives of children and adults, particularly in economically and educationally disadvantaged areas.
Believing that a quality education provides opportunity and an educated electoral is critical to a strong democracy, Hector is a board member of Breakthrough Austin, an organization involved in helping particularly underrepresented, people of color achieve an education
The Hector De Jesus Ruiz Endowed Leadership Scholarship was established by the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System on February 11, 2015, to benefit The University of Texas Cockrell School of Engineering. Gift funds were provided by Hector de Jesus Ruiz, Ph.D.
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Hector is dedicated to finding unique ways to encourage people of all backgrounds and ethnicities to exercise their right to vote.
Hector serves on the Leadership Council of Jolt, a Texas-based organization driving voter registration and voter mobilization among Texas Latinos. Activities includes year-round issue organizing, leadership training and student chapters across the state.
He also supports initiatives that help people become technologically savvy so that they can become aware and better informed on important issues.
Example: People may be asked to vote on an initiative in a city to allow driverless cars. If the population is not informed about the pros and cons of driverless cars, then they would only vote on the basis of current publicity.