Company History

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The year was 1980 in Indiana, Pennsylvania where Engineered Software, Inc. co-founder, Carolyn Popp took courses in Microcomputer programming while her partner, Ray Hardee worked at a coal power plant, where he used a programmable calculator. Due to the extensive data entry, they realized there had to be a more efficient way to calculate the flow of fluids. Carolyn soon began writing the award winning software known today as PIPE-FLO® on a wooden door held up by a kitchen stool and TV box. Fast forward to 1982 – the year when TIME Magazine’s “Man of the Year” was a computer – ESI was born. Soon afterwards, PUMP-FLO®and NET-FLO were developed and the software was packaged as the FLO-SERIES. A majority of the first copies of the software were sold in Portland, Oregon at the Pressure Vessel and Piping Show.

With nearly a decade under their belt, ESI hired their first employee, began interfacing with AutoCAD and jumped on board with Windows version 1. After a few successful direct mail marketing campaigns, ESI was able to land Goulds Pumps – one of the largest pump manufacturers in the world.

It’s now mid 1990’s and ESI’s employee count has reached double digits and their sales department was born. This allowed Ray and Carolyn to attend events such as the National Software Retail Association where they met Bill Gates and talked personally about the future of Windows. Soon afterwards, PUMP-FLO® hit the ‘world wide web’ – known today as the internet.

In ESI’s 35 years of existence, it has grown into a global software provider for over 3,000 clients worldwide. With partners such as Weyerhaeuser, Shell Oil and Chevron, ESI continues to grow through their unsurpassed software development and ethical business practices.

Our Products

Pipe-Flo Professional

Engineered Software, Inc.’s hydraulic analysis program, PIPE-FLO®, is widely used for Engineering, Commissioning and Operations of gas and liquid piping systems around the world to help companies design, optimize and reduce capital and operating costs of their fluid piping systems.

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Pump-Flo

PUMP-FLO® is the industry’s leading pump selection software. Used by pump manufacturers, distributors and users world-wide, the PUMP-FLO® product line offers the advantages of commercially available software technology.

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Our Vision & Mission

Engineered Software, Inc. envisions a world where fluid piping systems are intelligently designed to leave a smaller environmental footprint while improving the reliability and ROI of industry’s hidden infrastructure.

ESI’s Mission is to assist our customers in realizing energy efficiencies through improved piping system understanding and superior equipment selection.

We do this in three ways shown below:
  • Develop flexible software which simulates, troubleshoots, and communicates the optimal operation of liquid and gas systems over the lifetime of a facility.
  • Create intuitive software for efficient pump and equipment selection and configuration.
  • Advance industry knowledge and propagate best practices in the design and operation of plant systems through strategic partnerships, industry advocacy and educational programs.

Leadership Team

TOM SUTER, CEO AND PRESIDENT

Tom Suter is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Engineered Software, Inc. (ESI) and is responsible for the vision, and executive direction of the organization. With over 30 years of running successful technology companies across the United States, Tom brings invaluable knowledge and an additional skillset honed from mentoring and growing employees.

RICHARD STERMAN, CTO

Richard Sterman heads our technology and software development department. He leads his team with over 30 years of experience in technology strategy, development, and operational excellence. He hit the ground running on day one and is a valuable asset to the entire organization, bridging the gap between big business solutions in a small business space.

TYLER SMITH, DIRECTOR OF MARKETING & SALES OPERATIONS

Tyler Smith runs our marketing & sales department and is responsible for the corporation’s public presence and marketing strategy. After 8 years serving in the US Army and earning a degree in Organizational Communication from George Fox University, Tyler moved on to running a marketing consulting firm in Portland, Oregon. Tyler joined the team at Engineered Software after moving back to the Puget Sound region in 2019, and in that time has led the charge for innovation and professional growth.

Tyler Smith runs our marketing & sales department and is responsible for the corporation’s public presence and marketing strategy. After 8 years serving in the US Army and earning a degree in Organizational Communication from George Fox University, Tyler moved on to running a marketing consulting firm in Portland, Oregon.

Tyler joined the team at Engineered Software after moving back to the Puget Sound region in 2019, and in that time has led the charge for innovation and professional growth.

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DUSTIN CHURCH, DIRECTOR OF FINANCE & ADMINISTRATION

Dustin Church is in charge of the finance department here at ESI. His team is responsible for ensuring the smooth operation of the corporation and integrates with the other departments as needed to ensure success. Dustin joins us after nearly a decade of managing teams across the retail and technology space. He earned a Bachelor’s in Accounting from St. Martins University, and an MBA from Washington State University.

JOE BENEFIELD, VP OF PRODUCTS

Joseph Benefield has over 30 years of technical and leadership experience in several disciplines and industries. Benefield holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from California State University, Fullerton. Benefield joined Engineered Software, Inc. after working in management and program management with Intel Corporation for over 17 years. Benefield was responsible for managing teams and the delivery of computer systems and component hardware analysis, design, and products. Throughout his career, Benefield has applied fundamental engineering and...

Joseph Benefield has over 30 years of technical and leadership experience in several disciplines and industries. Benefield holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from California State University, Fullerton. Benefield joined Engineered Software, Inc. after working in management and program management with Intel Corporation for over 17 years. Benefield was responsible for managing teams and the delivery of computer systems and component hardware analysis, design, and products.

Throughout his career, Benefield has applied fundamental engineering and organizational principles to a variety of problems and industries including energy research, composite materials production, electronic product design and production, and product and technology planning.

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