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  • December 5, 2006 - Pumps & Pipes Conception

    December 5, 2006

    On a flight black to Houston, Dr. Alan Lumsden, a cardiovascular surgeon at Houston Methodist Hospital, and the passenger next to him, an ExxonMobil drilling engineer, struck up a conversation about their respective professions. By the time they landed, it was clear that both worked in pumps and pipes professions. The conversation continued with Dr. Bill Kline from ExxonMobil Upstream Research, and Pumps & Pipes was born.

  • November 12, 2007 - Pumps & Pipes 1: Docs and Rocks

    November 12, 2007

    On November 12, 2007 the first Pumps & Pipes Symposium was held at the University of Houston’s Texas Learning and Computation Center. Dr. Ioannis Kakadiaris, the Eckhard Pfeiffer Professor at University of Houston, was a codirector. The goal of the meeting was to explore opportunities to develop cross-industry leapfrog technologies and expose medical researchers, clinicians, and oil and gas engineers to emerging P&P innovations in different fields.

  • December 8, 2008 - Pumps & Pipes 2: The Other Guy’s Toolkit

    December 8, 2008
    Bill Kline, Alan Lumsden, and Ioannis Kakadiaris at P&P 2
    Bill Kline, Alan Lumsden, and Ioannis Kakadiaris at P&P 2

    P&P directors introduced the program’s new guiding principle: “exploring the other guy’s toolkit.” This concept would become the bedrock of P&P’s strategy for finding collaborative solutions to problems. The second annual symposium focused on showcasing technologies with possible cross-industry applications, such as using robotics and imaging technologies inside a well bore or a blood vessel. Attendance at P&P2 increased 11% from P&P1 to 144 participants.

  • May 6, 2009 - P&P Program Feasibility Study

    May 6, 2009

    a blood vessel merges with an oilfield pipe

    The Action Learning Project Report, researched and written by faculty from the Jones Graduate School of Management at Rice University, evaluated the Pumps & Pipes program and made recommendations for continued growth. The report, “Paving the Path from Oilfield to Operating Room,” was published on May 6, 2009.
  • December 7, 2009 - Pumps & Pipes 3: Better Together

    December 7, 2009

    State-of-the-art presentations explored novel applications of nanotechnology, remote sensors, fluid conduits, and more, while expert panel discussions outlined Pumps & Pipes problem areas. P&P3 was a great opportunity for cross-industry networking, bringing together a diverse group of professionals such as scientists, engineers, and clinicians involved in cardiovascular medicine; researchers and managers from the oil and gas industry; scientists and engineers from academia; medical device R&D specialists; and venture capitalists. Stephen Igo, director of the Entrepreneurial Institute at Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center, was executive director of the conference. Attendance at P&P3 increased 10% from P&P2.

  • December 6, 2010 - Pumps & Pipes 4: No Boundaries

    December 6, 2010

    P&P4 was hosted at the Methodist Hospital Research Institute. In a day of firsts, results were presented from the first collaborative P&P project between Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center and ExxonMobil Upstream Research; together the developed a novel “heartbeat simulator system” for advanced testing and multimodality imaging of cardiovascular devices. Live heart surgery made its debut, with a case streaming from a Houston Methodist operating room. Attendance at P&P4 increased by 14% from P&P3.

  • April 28, 2011 - P&P International: Doha, Qatar

    April 28, 2011

    On April 28, 2011, the first Pumps & Pipes International Conference was held in the grand ballroom of the Four Seasons Hotel in Doha, Qatar. The event, organized by the Qatar Science & Technology Park, ExxonMobil and MDH&VC, brought together more than 160 international experts from medicine and energy. Sponsoring institutions included the Hamad Medical Center, Imperial College London, and Qatar Robotic Surgery Centre. A highlight of the symposium was the live heart surgery case from Houston Methodist Hospital, 8 time zones (8,054 miles) away.

  • December 15, 2011 - Pumps & Pipes 5: New Horizons

    December 15, 2011

    A full day of presentations and exhibits explored new horizons in microbial-induced corrosion of oil pipelines, biofilm imaging, wellbore tractors, nanotechnology, fetal surgery in the womb, shape memory polymers, and more. One of the morning highlights was a presentation by collaborators from ExxonMobil Upstream Research and the Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center, who presented results from their joint P&P project visualize flow patterns in a model well bore with gravel pack using magnetic imaging techniques. Our keynote speaker was renowned cardiac surgeon Denton Cooley, M.D., who took us on a trip back in time to the beginning of cardiovascular pumps and pipes surgery. Then attendees got an in-depth look at modern cardiac surgery, with a case streamed live from the hybrid operating room at Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center. For the first time, a P&P webcast was broadcast live, taking P&P to 123 viewers in 14 countries. Attendance at P&P5 increased by 14% from P&P4.

  • December 3, 2012 - Pumps & Pipes 6: Opportunity Now

    December 3, 2012

    P&P6 was a conference of firsts. NASA Johnson Space Center joined the Pumps & Pipes Program for the first time with a number of speakers and stunning exhibits including the Lunar Rover. Participants learned about a steerable drilling system from Schlumberger and artificial heart devices from Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center. Another first, P&P Remotes’ debut included live feeds from Palmer Station in Antarctica and from a subsea remote operating vehicle in the Gulf of Mexico. Presentations ranged from capturing an asteroid, to oil pipeline infection, to transcatheter heart valves. We were pleased to welcome the first STEM student attendees to P&P, the principal and four students from DeBakey High School. Overall attendance soared to 243 on-site participants (+18%) and 329 webcast viewers (+167%) from 19 countries (+36%).

  • July 29, 2013 - P&P Satellite Conference: NBL, JSC

    July 29, 2013
    Ellen Ochoa, director of the Johnson Space Center, at the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory.

    On July 29, 2013, the first P&P Satellite Conference was hosted by the Johnson Space Center (JSC) at the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL), with 234 people attending. Dr. Ellen Ochoa, astronaut and JSC director, was introduced as a new P&P director. Members of the newly formed P&P Advisory Board were also introduced to the audience. Conference highlights included a tour of the NBL astronaut training pool, hands-on displays of advanced NASA technologies, and cross-industry networking.

  • December 9, 2013 - Pumps & Pipes 7: Explorations

    December 9, 2013
    Dr. Mahesh Ramchandani, P&P’s first roving reporter, interviews STEAM participants
    Participants were immersed in an experience of explorations from inner space to outer space with stops in between. The keynote presentation highlighted the many advances in transcatheter cardiovascular therapeutics. We introduced a new addition: the P&P Roving Reporter. He conducted interviews and visited the many networking stations and exhibits, including NASA’s “Driven to Explore” multimedia exhibit with a moon rock and Halliburton’s “Nerves of the Oil Field” display. P&P Remotes featured a live feed from the Mayo Clinic Center for Regenerative Medicine, where researchers demonstrated a 3D bioprinter for heart valves, then visited the Sarver Heart Center at University of Arizona to see the latest in implantable stretchy electronics. Presentation of the Dai-Shan Wong Memorial Service Award from the Gulf Coast Medical Device Manufacturers Association was added to the program for the first time. Eight students from two Houston ISD STEM schools attended the conference. Once again, on-site attendance at P&P7 was sold out, and the live webcast audience increased to an estimated 900 viewers (+174%) from 19 States and 25 countries (+32%).
  • December 8, 2014 - Pumps & Pipes 8: Ideas to Insight

    December 8, 2014
    Astronaut Luca Parmitano with the spacesuit that nearly drowned him on a space walk.

    The P&P8 audience learned about a new NASA lander mission to study the geology of Mars, watched a live-streamed transcatheter heart valve implantation, and heard about the underground network of intelligent well completion. They saw the R2 Robonaut perform endoscopic surgery, heard about the spacewalk that was cut short by a water leak in the astronaut’s helmet, and watched live as that leaky space suit was x-rayed with state-of-art 3D image reconstruction. The P&P Roving Reporter returned with more interviews and exhibits to see on the webcast. Forty STEM students from eight schools attended the conference, including the Lamar High School robotics club, the DiscoBots. The P&P Reception was co-hosted by the Texas Medical Center and featured a presentation on “The Music of Pumps & Pipes” (from pipe organs to heart assist devices). With over 260 registrants attending the sold-sold conference in person and over 2700 webcast participants (+203%) from 29 States (+53%) and 33 countries (+32%), P&P8 was the most successful event to date.

  • December 7, 2015 - Norway Joins Pumps & Pipes

    December 7, 2015

    female physician wearing a white lab coat stands back to back with a male oil rig worker in orange coveralls

    Norway Pumps & Pipes began as a cooperation between Houston and the city of Stavanger, Norway.  In 2015, representatives from Stavanger traveled to Houston for the ninth annual Pumps & Pipes Symposium. The Norway delegation was impressed, and on December 7, 2015, P&P Houston and Norway P&P signed a cooperation agreement, thus creating the first international P&P affiliate.  The initiators of Norway P&P are Stavanger University Hospital (SUH), University of Stavanger (UoS), International Research Institute of Stavanger (IRIS), and Greater Stavanger.

    Norway P&P seeks to create a platform for research, education, technology transfer, new business development, and increased value creation, including future-oriented health research and technology to improve patient care and welfare technology. To achieve these goals, Norway P&P cultivates strong links with industry and business, particularly in energy and health care. Since its inception, Norway P&P has funded projects based on the transfer of technology, methods, and competence between petroleum and health industries.

    The inaugural Norway Pumps & Pipes conference was held on October 17-18, 2018, at Sola Strand Hotel outside Stavanger, Norway. Similar to the Houston symposia, P&P Norway 2018 is a unique arena for collaboration between professionals that might not otherwise interact.  As in Houston, Norway P&P believes that the solution to your problem may well be in “the neighbor’s toolkit.” Dr. Alan B. Lumsden will give a keynote presentation. Norway P&P is pleased to partner with the Norwegian Oil and Gas Association (Norsk olje og gass) to organize this event.

    Together with cooperative and industry partners and P&P Houston, Norway P&P will strive become a dynamic tool to develop new ideas, new solutions, and new products.

  • December 7, 2015 - Pumps & Pipes 9: Discovery Pathways

    December 7, 2015

    Professionals from all three uniquely Houston industries gathered at the Houston Methodist Research Institute for the 9th annual Pumps & Pipes conference. Presenters unveiled a series of landmark achievements—from the first-ever autonomous navigation of a robotic catheter to the announcement of Euro Pumps & Pipes, a collaboration with Norway—and emphasized different ways to bring STEM education into the classroom. The event also featured a live transcatheter aortic valve replacement and a keynote address by John B. Simpson, M.D., Ph.D., who helped catalyze the field of interventional cardiology and a networking session complete with 3D virtual reality imaging. The day concluded with a reception at Treviso Restaurant, co-hosted by the Texas Medical Center. Here TMCx startup companies demonstrated their technology and a special presentation highlighted the Texas Medical Center’s vision for the future.

    P&P 9 Program

  • December 5, 2016 - Pumps & Pipes 10: Matching Minds

    December 5, 2016
    Student at P&P 10 tries out virtual reality goggles

    P&P10 brought us to ExxonMobil’s innovative campus in Spring, Texas. This year’s theme was “Matching Minds.” Prior to the conference, attendees answered a list of questions from “What are you innovating?” to “What is your favorite movie?” Jacobs Technologies took all of the responses, put them in a giant algorithm and spit out table assignments that linked like-minded attendees—like eHarmony for networking. Pumps & Pipes continued to show that participating industries can use each other’s tricks of the trade to solve problems on a small scale—from the intricacies of pediatric heart surgery, to unclogging a giant oil pipeline, to keeping tubes clear on the International Space Station. A highlight of the conference was Larry DeLucas, O.D., Ph.D.; he took his interest in protein crystallography out of this world as a payload specialist on the United States Microgravity Laboratory-1 flight, Mission STS-50. James Tour, Ph.D., from Rice University, presented his discovery of a myriad uses for graphene—sheets of bonded carbon atoms. Attendees learned that carbon can be grown on just about any carbon life form, even the leg of a cockroach. Looking forward, Alan Lumsden, M.D., told the audience about upcoming fundraising to launch projects that grow out of P&P collaboration.

  • December 4, 2017 - Pumps & Pipes 11: Expanding the Ecosystem

    December 4, 2017
    Astronaut and cardiovascular physiologist Kjell Lindgren, MD, speaks at P&P11.

    P&P11 was held at the Texas Medical Center Innovation Institute on December 4, 2017. Attendees enjoyed a welcome from the International Space Station, a live robotics heart catheterization case streamed from Houston Methodist Hospital, hands-on demonstrations, and exciting presentations about cross-disciplinary P&P projects from medical, energy, and aerospace leaders.

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  • October 17, 2018 - Norway Pumps & Pipes Inaugural Symposium

    October 17, 2018
    Participants at the inaugural Norway Pumps & Pipes Symposium.

    On October 17-18, 2018, 117 professionals from medicine and energy sectors gathered at the Sola Strand Hotel in Stavanger, Norway, to share knowledge and challenges in cross-industry innovation. Speakers included P&P Cofounder Alan Lumsden, MD; Norwegian Minister of Health and Care Services Bent Høie (pictured above); Assistant Dean of Health Product Innovation at the Dell Medical School in Texas, Ruben Rathnasingham, PhD; and researchers and thought leaders from across Norway’s medical and energy industries. Click the link below see conference presentations and read more about P&P Norway’s first symposium.


  • December 3, 2018 - Pumps & Pipes 12: It’s About Greatness

    December 3, 2018
    Attendees check out the exhibits at P&P 12
    In 2018, Pumps & Pipes returned to the Houston Methodist Research Institute in the Texas Medical Center. We welcomed 254 science enthusiasts and innovators from across medical, aerospace, energy, and academic specialties to listen to talks from 28 speakers. Attendees learned how dogs could help sniff out oil spills or mosquito-breeding habitats, saw a live feed from Kennedy Space Center, and learned about an experiment bound for the International Space Station to explore fundamental questions about biofilm formation and microbe-induced corrosion of oil pipelines. Dr. Carol O’Donnell, Director of the Smithsonian Institution’s Science Education Center, and Gabriella Rowe, CEO of Station Houston, encouraged attendees to explore new frontiers in education. We took P&P into the operating room, live streaming a heart surgery case from the Houston Methodist operating rooms next door. Between presentations, attendees donned 3D glasses to experience a surgeon’s view of a coronary artery bypass and aortic valve replacement operation in the KARL STORZ 3D Heart Theater and took virtual reality trips inside the human brain and to the International Space Station.
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  • April 10, 2019 - P&P-Oracle Collaborative Consortium

    April 10, 2019
    Bernie Alen, Oracle, speaks at the Consortium
    Experts from the Houston’s three main Pumps & Pipes industries—energy, medicine and aerospace—met at the new Oracle Lakeshore campus in Austin, Texas, to discuss each industry’s recent challenges related to data management and inspire cross-industry collaborations. The Pumps & Pipes Oracle Collaborative Consortium brought together 45 industry and research leaders and innovators, including 21 speakers. Talks covered a range of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics) topics, ranging from Pumps & Pipes staples of medicine, energy engineering and aerospace, to big data, artificial intelligence, and high-performance cloud computing.
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