Pumps & Pipes is an association of medical, energy, aerospace, academic and community professionals and leaders. Founded in 2007, our core values are education, communication and collaboration. At its heart, Pumps & Pipes is an interdisciplinary endeavor, emphasizing inclusivity across nations and disciplines, and our guiding principle to problem-solving is “exploring your neighbor’s toolkit.”
Pumps & Pipes Mission
- Provide a platform to bring together professional groups who may not otherwise have the opportunity to interact for the transfer of knowledge and technology know-how
- Be the leader in promoting cross-industry collaboration to solve challenging Pumps & Pipes problems
- Help strengthen the educational offerings in science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics (STEAM)
Primary Focus Areas
Pumps & Pipes STEAM
A society of curious people coming together to learn about and share Scientific discoveries, Technology breakthroughs, Engineering marvels, Artistic creativity, and Math analytics and models
Our STEAM initiatives help close the gap between the early middle- and high-school classroom and the future demands of the energy, medicine and aerospace industries by providing teachers, students and industry mentors an opportunity to connect and collaborate in mutual learning projects.
We help place the future of humanity in the hands of bright young minds by strengthening the educational offerings in STEAM disciplines.
Every year, we partner with local schools to select a group of outstanding students to participate in the annual Pumps & Pipes Symposium. These students have the opportunity to interact with heart surgeons, astronauts, and scientists to learn about exciting STEAM careers and connect with potential mentors.
P&P works with industry leaders such as Exxon Mobil, Nalco, NASA, Houston Methodist Hospital, Texas Heart Institute, and others to sponsor field trips and summer projects. Past students have demonstrated their robotics projects at P&P Symposia, broadcasting live to a worldwide audience.
STUDENT & TEACHER MENTORSHIP
Established in 2015, Pumps & Pipes partnered with Houston Independent School District (HISD) to establish a Mentorship Program for high school STEAM teachers. During the multiday program teachers are matched with local aerospace, energy, and medical professionals and visit their research laboratories where students and teachers are exposed to real-world challenges and problem solving in a range of scientific disciplines.