Center for Innovation Entrepeur Forum features Maureen Clemons
Center for Innovation Entrepeneur Forum features Maureen Clemons
The University of North Dakota Center for Innovation will present Maureen Clemmons, an internationally recognized innovator with North Dakota roots, at the next Entrepreneur Forum from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 13 in the Idea Lab at the Center for Innovation.
Clemmons presentation is titled "Innovation: Why we need it, what to do with it" and will be discussing her new book, "Soaring Stones- A Kite-Powered Approach to Building Egypt's Pyramids" which was just released this month. Clemmons work was the subject of a 2004 History Channel documentary, "Flying Pyramids, Soaring Stones". Clemmons will be discussing her role and adventures as an innovator, the innovation process, maps, barriers and impediments to innovation at the Forum.
Clemmons, among many innovations, theorized that the ancient Egyptians, being sailors, built their pyramids by harnessing the power of wind energy. Clemmons has been able to recreate what she believes the Egyptians used to raise and lower the massive stones that were used to create the monstrous pyramids and it is truly an amazing sight. She raised her first stone obelisk (3.5 tons) in 25 seconds with simply a kite, a sled, and two guy wires. Clemmons, along with her team from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) demonstrated that kites could raise a 16 ton obelisk and transport the large stones used to build the pyramids. Using only wind power, Clemmons and 100 students from California Polytechnic State University, Pomona, built a 200 ton pyramid in the Mojave Desert. This demonstration support's her theory.
Clemmons parents, Loering and Maral Johnson, are UND alumni from Belfield, N.D.,and Bismarck. Clemmons is the president of Transformations, a change and innovation management consulting practice in Los Angeles. She holds a doctorate in organization change from Pepperdine University and an executive master's in business administration.
Clemmons has lectured all over the world at various institutions, including NASA.