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BAHEP hosts membership meeting featuring Dr. Alan B. Lumsden of Houston Methodist Hospital


Dr. Alan B. Lumsden

    The Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership hosted a General Membership Meeting on April 23, 2014, where keynote speaker Dr. Alan B. Lumsden spoke about the Pumps & Pipes initiative. Originally from Scotland, Lumsden is professor and chairman of the Department of Cardiovascular Surgery and the medical director of the Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center at Houston’s Methodist Hospital.
    Prior to introducing Lumsden, Bob Mitchell, BAHEP president, explained that he was introduced to Pumps & Pipes more than two years ago saying, “I want to personally thank Mike Hernandez for asking me to go with him to the Texas Medical Center to meet Dr. Lumsden and Dr. Quinones to talk about Pumps & Pipes. It took every bit of about two minutes for me to jump on board.” Mitchell said the doctors sought his help in getting the aerospace industry involved in the program.
    With the wheels set in motion through this prestigious invitation, Mitchell sought the assistance of Rob Banfield, then BAHEP’s NASA Executive on Loan from NASA Johnson Space Center. Banfield worked closely with BAHEP as well as with Kim Morris, director of the Bay Area Houston Advanced Technology Consortium, or BayTech. BAHEP is a founding partner of BayTech.
    After months of collaboration, NASA JSC hosted a Pumps & Pipes mid-year conference in July 2013 at its Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory in Bay Area Houston where  Dr. Ellen Ochoa, NASA JSC director, was named a Pumps & Pipes program director and Mitchell was appointed to the program’s Advisory Board. That December,  NASA JSC was a major participant in Pumps & Pipes 6 – Opportunity Now held at the Houston Methodist Research Institute.
    In his interesting keynote address, Lumsden said the scientists from the fields of medicine, oil and gas, and aerospace are working on similar challenges. “What we all do is look for technologies in somebody else’s toolbox,” he stated.
    Lumsden gave credit to Stephen R. Igo, the director of the Entrepreneurial Institute at the Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center, calling him the executive director of Pipes & Pumps.
    Dr. William E. Kline, manager, Drilling and Subsurface, ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company, participated in a question and answer session following Lumsden’s address recalling that he was enamored with the space industry as a young man and now is thrilled to be working with the medical and aerospace industries.

From left to right: Dr. Alan B. Lumsden; Dr. William E. Kline, manager, Drilling and Subsurface,
ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company; and Bob Mitchell, president, Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership

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