On April 10, 2019, 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, to discuss 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.
Speakers challenged the audience to work together to develop innovative data management solutions to shared problems. For instance, Bill Kline, Pumps & Pipes Founder and Director Emeritus, Retired Distinguished Lead, ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company highlighted challenges in bringing health care services to remote areas in Texas in his talk, “Telemedicine Going Country.” The Aerospace Corporation’s Virginia Wotring discussed intriguing data challenges in the aerospace industry, such as sorting out the useful information in huge datasets and leveraging multimission knowledge to reduce mission degradation, improve complex data system resilience, and synergize projects. Paul Cherukuri, Executive Director of the Institute of Biosciences and Bioengineering at Rice University, took us on a virtual tour to learn about the latest technologies invented and commercialized by Rice University, including DexMat, a high-performance carbon nanotube product with applications for military and aerospace.
This one-of-a-kind meeting was organized by Pumps & Pipes Associate Director and Aprenda Systems Medical Director, Dr. Nicole Pardo; Pumps & Pipes Board Adviser and Sfile CEO, Frank Perez; and Oracle’s Chief Architect, US Central, Business Transformation Services, Bernie Alen. It stands to be the first in a budding Pumps & Pipes–Oracle collaboration to bring high-performance cloud resources to the Pumps & Pipes ecosystem to create cutting-edge proof-of-concept projects that can be translated into commercial products.