USS Galileo :: Biography - Edward Butler

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Lieutenant JG Edward Butler

Name Edward Butler

Position Assistant Chief Engineering Officer

Rank Lieutenant JG

Character Information

Gender Male
Species Human
Age 45
Date of Birth 17 June 2346
Place of Birth USS Isaac Newton

Starfleet ID

Security Clearance Pending
Duty Shift Pending
Office TBD
Quarters TBD
Roommate None

Physical Appearance

Height 207cm
Weight 87kg
Hair Color Brown
Eye Color Brown
Physical Description Edward towers over most people. Not only because of his height. He has confidence that shows. As he has aged his well trimmed beard has gone from brown to peppered grey. Fine wrinkles have formed around his eyes and the forehead, as well as the corners of his mouth where he smiles. Although some grey has found its way into his hair it still appears nearly as dark and full as it was in his twenties.
Body Art None


Spouse None
Children None
Father Vernon Butler (Retired)
Mother Annette Butler (Retired)
Brother(s) Lyle Butler, CEO, Amaranth Technologies
Sister(s) None
Other Family Maria Reza (Ex-Wife)
Pets None

Personality & Traits

General Overview Edward is a happy person. His life has treated him well, and he has accomplished most of the dreams he had as a child and a young adult. He has a clean conscience and few regrets about the way his life has gone. Although Edward doesn’t always make the smartest personal choices, he does work to make the right ones. Edward works hard, and persists until he meets with success. He isn’t satisfied with a substandard job whether he is responsible for the results or not. Unfortunately he’s not the most understanding of people who do not live up to his admittedly high expectations.

Personally, Edward is usually not hard to get along with. He’s got a bit of a goofy sense of humor and he loves puns, the worse the better. He isn’t the most gregarious of people, though he does enjoy becoming a part of small close-knit groups. Because his interests are somewhat esoteric, he sometimes struggles to relate to people with more mainstream hobbies.

Edward cares about his appearance. That is not because he is vain, but because he knows that being well dressed and groomed makes him feel better about himself. It helps lend him the confidence he sometimes feels he lacks. Despite the professional appearance he maintains, Edward wears his heat on his sleeve. He cannot conceal how he feels, good or bad.
Strengths Edward is good at his job. He has is exceptional at the logistical and technical aspects of every job he’s held. He is precise in everything he does. His clothing is always assembled perfectly, and lint is nowhere to be found. He is overqualified, in some respects, for his position. He knows the specifications and working stats of his last project backward and forward. Although he only designed and implemented the holographic technologies, Edward had to research and know the impact it would have on all the systems aboard. Because of this research Edward is familiar with the standard operating specifications for almost every piece of equipment that draws power from the ship’s grid, even if he doesn’t precisely know it’s use.
Weaknesses Edward can be incredibly possessive of his work. He does not take kindly to people messing with the technologies he’s developed, or even their implementation. Especially when they don’t have the unrealistically high level of expertise he expects. Additionally, because Edward is so competent and highly educated, he has difficulty dealing with anyone who doesn’t share the same drive for excellence he does. In short, he struggles to empathise. Perhaps his greatest weakness with regard to his Starfleet service is that he was directly commissioned. Although he respects and understands the strictures of Starfleet rank and hierarchy, he hasn’t experienced them. His entire experience is as a civilian developer or project leader. Not only does he lack Starfleet experience, he hasn’t had most of the cross-training that most Starfleet Cadets receive. As a result, Edward has virtually no specialized knowledge of security, medical, intelligence, or any other field. He has only the most basic weapons training and except for testing the mechanics of flight simulators, he has no experience piloting any craft. In short, unless he has been required to understand a procedure because it affected his projects he is woefully ignorant of it.
Ambitions Edward has few ambitions he hasn’t yet accomplished. One of the things he still wants to achieve is to have a family of his own. He also is hoping to find more ambitions, which is part of why he joined Starfleet.
Hobbies & Interests Edward enjoys keeping up with the latest advancements in engineering, especially in his own field. He frequently reads five or six scholarly publications each week. He loves doing research to find the best means of making any project he is working on easier and more efficient.

In his off-duty hours, Edward listens to a variety of music and reads old-Earth classics from the twenty-first century and earlier.

Whether on or off duty, holographic technology is Edward's greatest passion. He loves to tinker with holoprograms and to make them ever more intricate and enjoyable.
Vernacular Edward is precise in the language he uses. He has a large vocabulary and makes an effort to use the right words at the right times. He does have the tendency to mumble when he is deep in thought. His voice is deep and has an almost imperceptible accent.
Orientation Heterosexual
Language(s) Spoken Federation Standard, HIPL (Holographic Interface and Programming Language)

Personal History Edward Butler was born on 17 June 2346 aboard the USS Isaac Newton. His mother and served aboard different vessels or bases throughout most of his childhood, and his father worked on various engineering teams so he rarely got to see both at the same time. That separation did not cause resentment or distance. Edward looked up to his parents and admired their dedication to the Federation ideal. He lived with his grandparents and traveled often to wherever one or both parents had leave.

Edward’s father was an Engineer for many years and worked on a number of prominent projects, including development of the original Emergency Medical Hologram, Sovereign Class Development, and reverse engineering of Borg Technologies. Although Vernon Butler was never a project lead, he made himself indispensible to the teams he was on. It was from his father that Edward learned to love engineering.

Edward’s mother trained his work ethic. As a Department Head she had almost impossibly high expectations of him and everyone under her command. It was no surprise that she eventually took command. Despite her unyielding personality and expectations, Edward resented his mother. The organizational skill he learned from his mother allowed him to manage his school work efficiently and still have time for the leisure activities he enjoyed. His love of engineering helped him to find a love for practical mathematics and theory.

When he reached adulthood he chose to follow in his father’s footsteps, gaining a bachelor’s degree in Holographic Engineering and Design. He spent the full four years on the exhaustive program, graduating with honors. It was also during his undergraduate studies that he met his ex-wife. Maria was many of the things Edward wished he was. She was gregarious and socially skilled. She helped Edward navigate the sometimes rocky waters of college social interactions. He fell for her and they were married after only a year of dating.

The relationship was doomed to fail. It was neither Edward’s fault nor Maria’s, and it was both. The divide between them began during Edward’s post-graduate studies. Maria had started working as an aide to a North American Councilman. Her work took her around the world and she could be gone for days at a time. That didn’t bother Edward at first. He had research to keep him occupied. What neither partner realized was that they had each set goals for themselves without thinking of their spouse.

When Edward was offered a position as a developer on the EMH program, he accepted without a second thought. He didn’t even think to tell Maria until after he had accepted the position. That sparked the argument that would eventually end their marriage. Both their careers were progressing, but in opposite directions. While Edward didn’t resent his parents for the separation they maintained, he knew it wouldn’t work in his case.

The divorce was finalized in June of 2372. By that time Edward had already been on Jupiter Station for nearly six months. As only one of the designers on Jupiter Station, Edward was an important member of the team. His in-depth knowledge of holographic technology allowed him to make the program far more efficient. He also had the distinction of being one of the people who suggested allowing for full range of motion aboard new ship classes by installing holo-emitters throughout aboard new starships. The Prometheus Class was the pilot program, but the power consumption used by the system made it feasible only for vessels with massively oversized power plants.

That idea sparked something in Starfleet. In 2378 Edward was offered a chance to lead a team developing new, more energy efficient holographic systems that would allow all Starfleet ships to take advantage of the benefits of the increasingly powerful technology. A team lead position after just six years out of academia was a powerful incentive. It also helped that it played directly into Edward’s specialty.

Edward’s team worked on miniaturizing holo-emitters, making the systems more energy efficient, and ensuring that they could be integrated with far greater modularity than had previously been possible. It was a monumental task, and they didn’t come close to meeting their goals. Project Shallan was a success by Starfleet standards. The Corps of Engineers thought it was good enough to implement, and in Early 2387 after nine years of development Edward Butler was assigned to Project Supernova to test the technology on new construction.

Project Supernova was unexpectedly complex. Although Edward had worked to ensure that the holo-emitters were easy to install and did not consume the massive amounts of power that they had a decade earlier, he hadn’t anticipated the complexity of integrating them with other systems. Edward learned about every system aboard. He studied and worked and experimented until he had distinct holo-modules designed to work alongside Starfleet weapons platforms, sensor units, etc. Each required work to develop, but by the time he was done the holographic grids could be mounted easily beneath a deckplate, connected to power, and they would self-configure.

Project Supernova finished basic testing in late 2390. Edwards role there was completed. When he stopped working alongside Starfleet Engineers Edward Realized that he missed it. He was approached by Admiral Boone of the Starfleet Corps of Engineers and offered a chance to follow the ship that would serve as the pilot for Project Supernova, the very ship he had spent so much time with. There wasn’t any question. Edward had only one request: That he be allowed to enter Starfleet.
Starfleet History Edward was given a direct commission. His experience and knowledge of the vessel on which he’d be serving earned him the position of Assistant Chief Engineer. His lack of Starfleet experience did not permit him to take any higher rank or position, despite any level of experience.

He attended the six month Officer Candidacy School at Starfleet Academy. He received only praise from the instructors, despite his age and inexperience. During the time he was in OCS he received updates from his team on the full systems tests on Project Supernova. Additionally, he sought out some of the crew with whom he would likely serve once the ship had launched. By the time he completed the school, Project Supernova was considered complete and was revealed as the newest starship in the fleet: USS Galileo-A.
Medical History Edward Butler has had no real injuries to speak of. A genetic predisposition to migraines was cured in his early childhood. Since then he’s had regular preventive care to ensure that he stays healthy. He is still in fine physical condition, though not up to the level of newly graduated cadets.
Service Record CIVILIAN
2368 - Bachelors, Holographic Engineering and Design
2370 - Masters, Holographic Engineering and Design
2372 - PhD, Holographic Engineering and Design
January 2372 - Project Design - EMH Development Program
June 2378 - Project Lead - Project Shallan
October 2387 - Team Lead - Project Supernova

December 2390 - Received Direct Commission - Lieutenant JG
May 2391 - Completed Officer Candidacy School
May 2391 - Assigned to USS Galileo-A, Assistant Chief Engineering Officer

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