What do a rocket scientist, a heart surgeon and an oilfield engineer have in common? When you break their projects down to core elements, they’re all dealing with pumps and pipes. Whether those pumps and pipes are reclaiming water in zero gravity, propelling blood through the human body, or drilling deep into the sea floor to extract oil, the mechanics are startlingly similar. The toolboxes to service those pipes, however, are often quite different.

That’s where Pumps & Pipes comes in. Since 2007, Pumps & Pipes has brought together innovators from Houston’s three biggest industries—aerospace, medicine, and energy—inviting them to “explore their neighbor’s toolbox” and collaborate to solve common challenges. Over the years, the P&P community has expanded to include academia, community leaders, and students of all ages and has become an international model for innovation, collaboration and education with events and branches in Qatar, Norway, the United Kingdom, Denmark, the Netherlands, and Kuwait.

Our Board of Directors and Advisory Board includes leaders from across the spectrum of Pumps & Pipes industries. Pumps & Pipes is part of Houston Methodist DeBakey CV Education.


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 problems both within the P&Ps network (i.e., medicine, energy, aerospace) and other high-risk, high-reward challenges including those identified by, but not limited to, the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs).

Strengthen educational offerings in science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics (STEAM) by mentoring educators and offering high-school and college students the opportunity to engage with experts and apply their skills to think outside of the box.