Pablo Cortez was born and raised in Corpus Christi, Texas where in High School he was in the Key Club and Speech and Drama Program. After graduating from High School Pablo joined the Navy, and served aboard the USS Detroit. He attended Navy Electronics and Fire Control Schools, after which time he was assigned to the Seasparrow Missile System as a Fire Control Technician on board the USS Detroit. Here Pablo provided security for the Ordinance (ammunition, bombs and missiles) that were carried on board.

After an Honorable Discharge from the Navy, Pablo returned to Corpus Christi to work as “Pablo the Cable Guy” for Athena Cable. Because he missed working in the technology field, Pablo to moved to Austin where he began working in various technical positions. His first was working for Veeco, where he tested and repaired all outgoing electronic chassis. During this time Pablo enrolled in Southwest School of Electronics. After completing school, he began working as a Maintenance Technician for Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), repairing and maintaining Ion Implanters in the clean room plant. A year later he went to Motorola, working in the same position. He then worked at Bell & Howell working on Automated Mail Handling Systems for a year.

Following these positions Pablo began his first job with the University of Texas where he worked for the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the teaching laboratories. His duties consisted of working with the students, staff, and faculty who needed the services of the shop. He then took a position with the Department of Geological Sciences where he ran the Electronics Shop for over eight years, assisting students, staff and faculty with any electronic or computer problems they encountered. He also maintained and repaired analytical equipment used for teaching or research. After working at UT, Pablo returned to work once again in the private sector to work for KLA-Tencor, then Solectron.

Pablo has currently accepted his third job working for the University of Texas. He says he is “happy to have the opportunity to work for the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics running the Electronics Shop”, and is glad he will be able to use his technological experience in the department.

Pablo also says, “Even though I have watched every episode of the original Star Trek, Star Trek the Next Generation,  Star Trek Deep Space Nine, Star Trek Voyager and Enterprise, I am not a Trekkie.”