Eric Hines specializes in the design and renovation of building structures, and the development of renewable energy infrastructure. Recent projects include owner representation on the Marine Commerce Terminal in New Bedford, Massachusetts (the nation's first offshore wind logistics port) and design of the Wind Technology Testing Center in Charlestown, Massachusetts, which is one of the world's largest testing facilities for wind turbine blades. In 2012, Hines received a Designer Special Achievement Award from the American Institute of Steel Construction for his innovative work on the latter. Since 2005, he has led efforts to develop a rigorous philosophy for moderate seismic regions that allows designers to practice according to fundamental principles instead of prescriptive requirements. He writes and teaches at Tufts about structural design, cultivating a direct and dynamic link with his practice in Boston. He has taught structural design studios across the spectrum of undergraduate and graduate levels since 2003.
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Tufts School of Engineering
- 2006-present: Professor of the Practice
- 2003-2006: Research Assistant Professor
LeMessurier Consultants, Inc.
- 2011-present: Principal
- 2005-2010: Associate
- 2002-2005: Structural Engineer
Visiting Lecturer, Department of Civil Engineering and Operations Research, Princeton University
Eric Hines' research interests include construction and performance of offshore wind turbines, seismic performance of low-ductility structural systems in moderate seismic regions, inelastic behavior of reinforced concrete structures, and assessment of building system vibrations due to trains and human activity.