The next ESP Workshop will be held April 22-26th, 2013 at the Woodlands Waterway Marriott and Conference Center, in The Woodlands, Texas. There will be two days of continuing education classes, followed by the 2.5 day technical session, filled with paper presentations and breakout sessons. The Call for Abstracts and Application for Exhibitor Space will be available mid-2012.

Mission Statement

The Electric Submersible Pump Workshop had its beginning in 1982 when three engineers -  Bill Capps (THUMS, Long Beach), Bill Bartlett (Exxon Production Research Co.), and Dean Grant (Esso Resources Canada), later joined by Buford Neely (Shell) - came up with the idea. They proposed setting up an informal forum type discussion on electric submersible pumps between major users of this form of artificial lift. From these discussions they wanted to determine the strengths and weaknesses of ESPs and come up with solutions to eliminate or correct some of the problems thereby improving operating results. Since 1982, the section has hosted 26 ESP Workshops.  At the last event in 2011, there was a record attendance of 560 people from 24 different countries. For information about previous workshops and to purchase proceedings, please go to



Position Name Phone
Chair John Patterson 281-293-6727
Vice Chair Noel Putscher 832-676-3533
Past Chair Rafael Lastra  
Committee Chair Carol Grande 970-884-0508
Treasurer Karen Draper 281-445-2243
Exhibits/Secretary Stephanie Grande Kofler 970-884-0508
International Panel Atika al Bimani  
Domestic Panel Dave Carpenter 504-728-4628
Domestic Panel Kenneth Lacey 505-397-0271
Domestic Panel Shauna Noonan  
Domestic Panel Thomas Van Akkeren 281-855-9543
International Panel Sandy Williams