Visiting Scientists Series

A Vision for Inspiration

The Visiting Scientists Series (VSS) was established to inspire and educate young people and the public about Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

VSS showcases scientists working in a variety of fields, with the intent to reach a diverse audience and to inspire local students to consider careers in science. VSS also provides resources for educators, educates members of technical organizations, and informs the community on science and technical issues.

The Visiting Scientists Series is a partnership of
Bismarck State College, Gateway to Science, Bismarck Public Schools, ND Society of Professional Engineers, Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers, St. Mary’s Central High School, US Geological Survey, University of Mary, DuPont and the ND Department of Human Services.

The next Visiting Scientists Series presentation will be by Dr. Maureen Clemmons on Wednesday, October 15, 2014, @ 7:00PM. The presentation will be held at Bismarck State College, National Energy Center of Excellence, 3rd Floor Auditorium, 1200 Schafer Street, Bismarck. 

Dr. Maureen Clemmons theorized the ancient Egyptians, being sailors, utilized the wind not only for sailing, but also for construction. She has been working on this theory after taking note of a January 1997 Smithsonian article about a group of researchers trying to erect a 40-ton obelisk utilizing manpower and A-frames. They manage to raise the obelisk 40-degrees and then were forced to quit. This method did not seem congruent with the intellectual prowess of the ancient Egyptians. With her field-tested theory Dr. Clemmons demonstrated how the Egyptians could have used kites to erect heavy objects during construction. She demonstrated this by erecting a 3.5-ton and 16-ton obelisk using wind as the motive force. To do this on a monument scale, she assembled a team, which included the California Institute of Technology, the University del Sol, Cuenavaca, Mexico and Pierce College. Their work is profiled on History Channel Documentary, “Flying Pyramids, Soaring Stones”.
Her most recent demonstration was conducted with the assistance of one hundred (100) architecture students from Cal-Poly, Pomona is designing and constructing a two-hundred (200) ton pyramid in the Mojave Desert. During the course of this research Dr. Clemmons
realized ancient Egyptians probably used beer asa soil stabilizer. Furthermore, she realized the importance of many Egyptian symbols, which she believes are actually the tools used to construct monuments. This realization holds the key to proving her kite theory.

Dr. Clemmons holds both a doctorate in Organization Change and an Executive MBA from Pepperdine University and also sites on the board of Directors for the Traveling Space Museum. In recognition of her work she has been made a fellow of the prestigious Explorer’s Club, Wings World Quest and National University and has had the honor of leading two Flag Expeditions for Wings World Quest. She lectured at JPL, NASA, Caltech, the University of North Dakota (UND) Center of Innovation, Seattle Museum of Flight, the Space Frontier Foundation and numerous universities.