As an impassioned advocate for the better use of innovative technology to improve lives, Hector has pursued his vision of empowering people by carrying forward technology solutions 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 innovative technology, Hector’s criterion 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 partners that have the potential of improving people’s lives.
Hector advises and invests in these technology partners who are driving exciting breakthroughs in areas ranging from cybersecurity and power management to artificial intelligence. Hector encourages firms interested in collaborating or becoming technology partners to reach out to him.
Given current events in the U.S. and around the world and the rapid acceleration of technology, Hector also believes true technology leadership is needed.
“Today, technology leadership demands a different perspective - the willingness not just to march forward but sometimes take a step back.”
Instead of technology for technology’s sake, Hector encourages leaders in technology to always ask: Is the technology designed with people in mind? What is the purpose of the technology? Will the technology solution be used for good things? If not good things, Hector advises that technology leaders must have the courage to stand up and the determination to dig their heels in when necessary to do what is right.
Hector believes that innovative technology is only as powerful as it is accessible. He says technology leaders must ensure that the advantages of technology make it into the hands of the broadest amount of people whose lives can be improved. In general, leaders also have an immense responsibility to increase technology literacy. They should inform consumers and voters by actively explaining their new technologies in ways that are easy for everyone to understand.
Hector fundamentally believes that education opens doors for people. He is an impassioned advocate for providing better access to education solutions and finding ways to utilize instructional technology to improve the lives of children and adults, particularly in economically and educationally disadvantaged areas.
"The legacy of opportunity is a dream felt around the world. It is our shared responsibility to not only connect students to opportunities, but secure their ability to do so."
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.
To support future leaders in technology, 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.
Hector’s commitment to education is reflected in his active service at the following academic institutions.
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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.