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Entrepreneur Forum features Maureen Clemmons on Innovation Oct 13th

The UND Center for Innovation presents Maureen Clemmons, an internationally recognized innovator with North Dakota roots, at the next Entrepreneur Forum from 6 to7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, in the Idea Lab at the Center for Innovation. Clemmons’s presentation is titled "Innovation: why we need it, what to do with it” and will talk about her new book, “Soaring Stones: A Kite-Powered Approach to Building Egypt's Pyramids” just released this month.

Clemmons’s work was the subject of a 2004 History Channel documentary, "Flying Pyramids, Soaring Stones", also the title of her new book. Clemmons will be discussing her role and adventures as an innovator, the innovation process, maps, barriers and impediments to innovation at the Forum.

Among many innovations, Clemmons theorized that the ancient Egyptians, being sailors, built their pyramids by harnessing wind energy, may have used beer as a soil stabilizer to move the big stones, and perhaps some of their ancient Egyptian symbols had their origins as tools. She raised her first stone obelisk (3.5 tons) in 25 seconds with a kite, a sled, and two guy wires. Clemmons and 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 pyramids. Using wind power, Clemmons and 100 students from California Polytechnic State University, Pomona, built a 200 ton pyramid in the Mojave Desert. Her demonstrations support her theory.

Clemmons parents, Loering and Maral Johnson of Tariffville, CT, are UND alumni from Belfield and Bismarck, North Dakota. Clemmons is the president of Transformations, an innovation and change management consulting practice in Los Angeles. She has a doctorate in organization change from Pepperdine University and an executive Master’s in Business Administration (MBA). Clemmons has lectured at many notable institutions, including the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Her clients include Interorbital Systems Kiteship, Taberco Inc, University de Monterrey, Mexico, MGM, Monsanto, Bausch & Lomb Surgical, Goodwill Industries, The Hazelton Foundation, Xerox, and Oce.

About Entrepreneur Forum:
The Entrepreneur Forum is a series of speakers hosted by the Center for Innovation to provide inspiring speakers on entrepreneurship and innovation who share experiences, expertise, strategies, and success stories .  The Center for Innovation hosts about 10 forums per year.  The networking event is sponsored by the UND Center for Innovation and the Red River Valley Research Corridor EDA University Center. Entrepreneur Forum is open to the public, space is limited so please arrive a few minutes early.

About the UND Center for Innovation:
The Center for Innovation at the University of North Dakota provides assistance to innovators, entrepreneurs, and researchers to foster entrepreneurship. commercialize innovation, and secure access to capital from private and public sources.
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Book Background: Soaring Stones: A Kite-Powered Approach to Building Egypt's Pyramids
It’s an unforgettable sight: innovation expert Maureen Clemmons can lift and “fly” massive stones, some of them weighing sixteen tons, with little more than a steady wind and a good kite. But did the ancient Egyptians do the same thing when hoisting immense pyramid stones?

Egyptologists say no. Clemmons, backed by a decade of field tests and a Caltech aeronautics team, isn’t so certain-- especially when the Egyptologists make it clear they are unwilling to consider evidence from anyone outside their insular field. Buoyed by a tremendous groundswell of grassroots support, Clemmons’ stunning, block-heaving experiments generate national news coverage, a History Channel documentary, and a mention in engineering textbooks. Audiences from NASA, the American Institute of Architects, and a multitude of universities gather to hear her compelling presentations. In the span of just a few short years, she successfully advances a simple “Eureka!” moment in her California backyard to the halls of academia, and eventually to Egypt’s Giza Plateau, site of the actual pyramids.

She also proves an important point: that you don’t need a degree, just an inspired idea and some passion, to be a good scientist.

Daniel Cray is a writer and journalist who has reported more than sixty Time magazine cover stories. His career oddities include lugging a gray whale to sea, chasing O.J. Simpson down the freeway, lounging in the captain's chair of the starship Enterprise, dodging champagne corks in a World Series clubhouse, and interviewing two U.S. Presidents. Daniel was born in Santa Monica, Calif., and lives with his wife and son in Los Angeles. He holds a degree in English literature from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Pub. Date: August/September 2011
Publisher: Delcominy Creations, LLC
Sold By: Barnes & Noble, Amazon
Format: NOOK Book (eBook)

From July 11, 2011 AgWeek:
 It sounds almost too good to be true — an enzyme promoted to improve road beds.
Bob Johnson, senior adviser/road specialist for Pacific Enzymes Inc., says it works this way. You take those tough-to-maintain, bubbling rural roads or soft-from-being-wet spots in farm yards that boil up in spring. You work them up and spray with Permazyme 11X, an enzyme — a “food-based” living bug that “binds” clay particles. You pack the soil to 8 inches and — almost immediately — enjoy a fine, rehabilitated road.
Also promoting Permazyme on behalf of Pacific Enzymes is Maureen Clemmons, president of an “innovations” company she calls Transformations. Clemmons holds a doctorate in organization change from Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif. 
Clemmons describes her business as a “change-management consulting practice” in Winnetka, Calif., in the San Fernando Valley west of Los Angeles. Clemmons’ parents are from Belfield and Bismarck in North Dakota and attended the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks. (According to Pepperdine, Clemmons once held a corporate vice president post but left to get her doctorate at Pepperdine’s School of Education and Psychology’s Organization Change. She is most well-known recently for her efforts to prove that ancient kites were used to build the pyramids, and lift obelisks, even though she is not a scientist in that area.)
Clemmons was invited to UND to speak at a UND Center for Innovation conference in April 2010, when she and Bruce Gjovig, director of the center, talked about local North Dakota needs, including deteriorating rural roads, especially in the western part of the state in association with oil development.
Clemmons knew about Permazyme, and Gjovig arranged for a symposium and demonstration in Grand Forks in October. One of the participants was Rep. Bob Skarphol, R-Tioga. This helped induce the North Dakota Petroleum Council to fund a demonstration project of three miles on 84th Street Northwest near Wildrose, N.D., in 2010.  (Note: There are now more than 20 test sites across North Dakota of Permazyme soil stablizer for roads, airport runways, farm operations, and industrial sites.)
Permazyme is a brown liquid. It’s made with “feed molasses” and is fermented five to nine days in a process akin to making beer. The end product is 80 percent enzymes and 20 percent sugar. The enzymes are blended with a surfactant to carry the enzyme into the soil.


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