Venice Marlowe Florian Cade
Rank: Petty Officer 1st Class
Position: Assistant Chief Engineer
Born: 2351 (34yo)
Hair: Dark Brown
Of Italian descent, but not too obviously - olive skin (not too dark). Kind of scruffy, appearance is not the most important thing so often looks a little unkempt and will often have forgotten to shave. Hair mid length and kind of shaggy, but cut so as not to obstruct vision, be annoying or get in the way. Medium build but on the slim side. Often slouches when seated or when working.
Very well organised, efficient at WORK (but not in any other area), and not particularly social. Much prefers the company of machinery to people. Prefers things he can take apart and understand, and dislikes when other people have extreme emotional outbursts of any kind. Often comes across as being brisk, grumpy and uncaring. This isn't necessarily the case, but usually there are more important things to think about than other people.
Cade (he hates his first names) was born in a scenic part of Umbria, Italy, where his parents enjoyed a rather Bohemian and artistically motivated existence. Cade grew up in an environment where use of technology was discouraged, and he was immersed in literature, opera and other fine arts at a very young age. Cade found himself drawn to computers and machinery, despite the efforts of his parents to steer him towards a career in the arts. Cade was schooled by his parents, but would constantly frustrate them by taking things apart and putting them back together, researching current technology when his parents weren't around to turn off the computer system, and eventually fixing the depowered systems that his parents refused to have operational in their home.
The commune-like environment in which Cade grew up was stifling him, and he left as soon as he was of an age to enroll in Starfleet Technical Services Academy, an enlisted training facility located on Mars. There were significant gaps in his knowledge when he arrived, but an unwillingness to socialise and a flair for the subject soon had him earning top marks in engineering. Cade has a natural genius for making things work, and has gained a reputation during his previous postings for being able to fix just about anything, even given limited time and/or resources.
Cade maintains an interest in ancient Greek and Roman literature and architecture. He also has a particular interest in Pythagorean mathematical ideals, and often draws inspiration from the ancient world when working with modern technology. This would surprise most people who know him, however: Cade just doesn't really let anyone get close enough to find out.
Cade's first posting after graduating the academy was to a small science vessel. Cade did what he was told when he was told to do it, but the small crew complement and limited lack of variety meant that he soon put in for a transfer to a larger vessel. Since then, Cade had been slowly learning the ship's systems inside out. He grew bored with propulsion system maintenance, and decided he wanted a more challenging position where he could be more innovative and autonomous, and also work with larger and more complex systems and subroutines. Hence he applied for a position on a space station.
Cade's natural genius and talent for finding unexpected and unusual solutions gained him recognition and a shift up the ranks. While his knowledge and flair are undeniable (as evidenced by by his graduating in the top 2% of his engineering class), Cade's social skills and political savvy leave a lot to be desired. Truth be told, he could probably have gained a higher rank than he already has, but it just doesn't concern him. He won't play the game, he just does the work. It's taken him to where he is now, but how far he can get with his attitude remains to be seen.