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MSU professor emeritus Fred Videon honored

October 23, 2007 -- MSU News Service

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Fred F. Videon, of Bozeman, will be inducted into the Montana Professional Engineers Hall of Fame at the 2007 Joint Engineers Conference to be held on Nov. 1 and 2 in Helena.

A plaque honoring Videon will be hosted at the Montana State University College of Engineering in Bozeman.

The Hall of Fame is sponsored by the Montana Society of Engineers to honor engineers who made significant contributions to the development of Montana and the engineering profession.

Videon was assistant professor, associate professor and professor at the MSU Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics from 1965 to 1988. He was selected as the Department Professor of the Year seven times. Videon was awarded professor emeritus status in 1990.

Videon developed "Snow Loads for Structural Design in Montana" in 1978 and 1988. The publication is the standard in structural design and is used by designers and building officials throughout the state. He served as editor of the 2005 edition.

Videon was senior structural engineer at HKM Associates from 1988 to 1995 and Bridger Engineers, Inc., from 1996 to 2006. His projects included the structural design of the Montana Hall cupola and earthquake protection for Montana and Hamilton halls at MSU.

Videon was also the structural engineer for the Pollard Hotel renovation in Red Lodge and the Belmont Senior Center renovation in Butte.

Previous Hall of Fame inductees include John H. Morrison, Ben F. Hurlbut, W. Paul Schmechel, Leland J. Walker, Harold S. "Sonny" Hanson, Robert L. Sanks, Eldon R. Dodge and Joseph A. Maierle.

The Joint Engineers Conference is an annual gathering of engineers from all disciplines and is sponsored by 11 professional engineering societies. The 2007 conference will include sessions on construction insurance, managing project schedules, computer-aided design, water resource management and structural design. More information is available at

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