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Pumps, Pipes and Progress: How Good Neighbors Make Good Business
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Pumps, Pipes and Progress: How Good Neighbors Make Good Business

Houston Chapter Meeting in conjunction with 2016 Spring Meeting

When: Thursday, April 28, 2016
3:15 - 6:30 pm
Where: Hotel ZaZa
5701 Main Street
Houston, Texas  77005
United States

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Licensing Executives Society's Houston Chapter brings a portion of the LES 2016 Spring PanAm meeting to you! This session is available to those who are unable to attend the full Spring PanAm Meeting. Registration for this event includes the reception that follows for the Spring PanAm Meeting attendees, a bonus networking opportunity!

3:15-3:45 Networking
3:45-5:00 Pumps and Pipes Program
5:00-6:30 Closing reception

Before April 25:
LES Member:     $30
Non-Member:     $40
Guest (one-time): No charge*
Student:      $15

After April 25 and on-site:
LES Member:     $40
Non-Member:     $50
Guest (one-time): No charge*
Student:      $15
*LES Members may bring a first-time guest for no additional charge
Students, if you're registering after April 25, please contact Carmen Sevilla to receive the student discounted registration code.

Pumps & Pipes is an association of Medical, Energy, Aerospace, Academic and Community professionals and leaders. Founded in 2007, our core essentials are Education, Communication and Collaboration. Its guiding principle to problem solving is exploring “The Other Guy’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 and Mathematics (STEM).

Join us for this lively panel discussion featuring experts that span the sectors.


William E. Kline, Ph.D, Manager, Drilling & Subsurface, ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company (retired 2016), Director Pumps & PipesBill Kline is recently retired from a 35 year career with ExxonMobil. He earned a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan and has held a variety of Upstream technology positions. Bill is a co-founder of Pumps & Pipes, a symposium series that brings together oil & gas, medical, aerospace, and other professionals to explore common interests and opportunities for collaboration. Bill and his wife Karen are the proud parents of five children, whose career directions include teaching, art, music, and ministry, all enabled by Bill’s association with the art of commercializing technology.


Frank Perez is Chairman & CEO of Sfile Technology Corporation, a leading provider of Big Data processing and analytics. Prior to founding Sfile, Frank has had a lifetime career as an entrepreneur, technologist, and angel investor focused on emerging technology and technology-enabled businesses. He began his career in 1983 as a principal partner of a technology and management consulting firm whose clients included Fortune 500 companies. Since 1993, he has developed several technology companies serving as a founder, angel investor, board member, and/or senior management team member. Frank enjoys challenging himself to think about complex problems facing our society, both local and global, and the endless possibilities for solutions. His education in engineering and economics are key contributors to his creative approach to problem-solving.

Joy Kelly is Vice President and Deputy General Manager of the Jacobs Clear Lake Group which provides design, development, and testing of spacecraft and associated systems for human spaceflight and astromaterials curation and basic research at NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC). Joy has joint responsibility for over 800 personnel and annual revenues of $136M.

From 2004 to 2008, she served as the ESC Group’s Engineering Director and Chief Engineer on the contract, supporting the Space Shuttle and the International Space Station programs.
Joy was previously Technical Fellow in Guidance, Navigation, and Control on the Technical and Engineering Acquisition Support (TEAS) contract at Eglin AFB. In this role, she served as the senior focal point for guidance, navigation, and control issues on major development and mission-critical programs. Her work during this tenure redefined critical bank-to-turn strategies for future missile systems design and development activities.

In addition to her work for Jacobs, Joy also served as the Director of Systems Engineering and Analysis for two start-up companies, Time Domain and Alereon, where she was responsible for executive leadership for all systems engineering and analysis efforts. These corporations developed technologies and products for ultrawideband wireless communications. During this time she led the systems engineering work for the world’s first 480Mb/s UWB physical layer chipset.

Joy began her career in robotics and advanced control system design with Martin Marietta in Denver, CO. Joy has spent the majority of her career in advanced technology pursuits, putting state-of-the art ideas into practice. She has published numerous technical papers/reports. She is an Associate Fellow for the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). She has a BS and MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Colorado, and PhD in Electrical Engineering from Colorado State University.

Steve Igo is Director of the Entrepreneurial Institute and CardioDesign Laboratory, and Executive Director of the Pumps & Pipes Program at Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center. Steve works with Heart Center physicians and scientists in taking their medical product ideas from design to development to patent application. Steve has helped grow the Pumps & Pipes Program into a global professional association. Steve received his training in Cardiopulmonary and Perfusion Technology at National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland. He has held research positions at the Texas Heart Institute and Baylor College of Medicine. He was co-founder and President of two Texas life science companies, CardioVascular Research and Development, Inc., and Cormedics Corporation. Steve has authored more than 90 peer-reviewed articles and has 21 issued and pending national and international patents.


Jonathon Hance is an associate at Bracewell LLP. Mr. Hance focuses his practice on energy and intellectual property litigation, with an emphasis on complex commercial disputes relating to energy-supply agreements, and particularly, ISDA Master Agreements, in the oil and gas, liquefied natural gas (LNG), trading and marketing, renewable, solar, chemical, and petrochemical industries. His litigation practice also includes cases of patent infringement, trademark infringement, and misappropriation of trade secrets in the areas of software, open-source code, mobile devices, computer hardware, gTLDs (generic top-level domain names), and network infrastructures. Mr. Hance served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Jennifer Walker Elrod of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Mr. Hance represents an array of international clients in the energy, oil and gas, technology, software, media, advertising, radio, banking, payment processing, retail, transportation, medical, food and beverage, and aerospace and defense industries. He holds a B.A. in Applied Mathematics, B.A. in Viola Performance and a B.A. in Computer Science from Southern Methodist University. He holds a J.D. from Washington and Lee University School of Law.



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