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Hanson inducted into Montana Professional Engineers Hall of Fame

October 28, 2004 -- From MSU News Service

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Bozeman-- The late Harold "Sonny" Hanson of Billings will be inducted into the Montana Professional Engineers Hall of Fame at the 2004 Joint Engineers Conference to be held in Helena, Nov. 4 and 5. A plaque honoring Hanson will be displayed at the Montana State University College of Engineering in Bozeman.

The Montana Professional Engineers Hall of Fame is sponsored by the Montana Society of Engineers to honor Montana engineers who made significant contributions to the development of Montana and the engineering profession. Previous inductees are John Morrison, Ben Hurlbut, W. Paul Schmechel, and Leland Walker.

Hanson graduated from Montana State College, now MSU in Bozeman, in 1950 with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering. He managed the Billings branch office of Drapes Engineering between 1957 and 1964. Hanson founded Con'eer Engineering in 1964 and served as president until 1978. He founded Energy Conservation Consultants in 1978 and served as president until 1993.

During his career, Hanson worked on the electrical system design for hospitals, government buildings, schools and colleges throughout Montana.

Between 1973 and 1990, Hanson was a legislative lobbyist representing the Montana Technical Council, a consortium of architectural and engineering societies. He later served four terms in the Montana House of Representatives from House District 9 in Yellowstone County.

Hanson served as state president, national director and national vice president of the American Council of Engineering Companies.

He died June 28, following an automobile accident.

The Joint Engineers Conference is an annual gathering of engineers from all disciplines and is sponsored by 10 professional engineering societies. The 2004 conference will include sessions on transportation systems, alternative energy, water quality, computer aided design and structural design. Contact the MSU Burns Telecom Center at (406) 994-6683 for more information.

Contact Debbie Albin, 994-6685