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Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Eric Hines

Professor of the Practice
Kentaro Tsutsumi Faculty Fellow

Eric Hines

Professor of the Practice
Kentaro Tsutsumi Faculty Fellow

Phone 617-627-2281
001A Curtis Hall
474 Boston Ave, Medford, MA
structural engineering, earthquake engineering, steel design, concrete design, structural systems design

Eric Hines is a structural engineer who specializes in the design of innovative infrastructure, buildings and large-scale testing programs. Since 2008, he has worked to bring innovations to market in the growing U.S. offshore wind industry in areas ranging from life-cycle assessment and fatigue performance to ocean and atmospheric monitoring. In 2012, Dr. Hines received AISC’s Designer Special Achievement Award for his design of the Wind Technology Testing Center in Charlestown, MA, the largest wind turbine blade testing facility in North America. From 2011-2016, he advised the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center on the planning, design, permitting, construction and operation of the New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal, the first commercial-scale offshore wind logistics port in North America. He serves as project lead for the POWER-US convening initiative (Partnership for Offshore Wind Energy Research), and he directs the Tufts University Offshore Wind Engineering Graduate Program. Formerly a partner at LeMessurier Consultants in Boston, Dr. Hines has over 70 publications and numerous awards related to systems design, industry-driven research and higher education. Dr. Hines completed his Ph.D. at the University of California, San Diego after studying the relationship between engineering and public policy as an undergraduate at Princeton University and as a Fulbright Fellow in Germany.

Ph.D., Structural Engineering, University of California, San Diego, 2002
M.S.E., Applied Mechanics and Engineering Science, University of California, San Diego. 1998
Fulbright Fellowship, Structural Design, University of Stuttgart, Germany, 1996
B.S.E., Civil Engineering, Princeton University, 1995
Professional Experience: 

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

Research Interests: 

Eric Hines' research interests include construction and performance of offshore wind turbines, the design of innovative structural systems, 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.

Selected Honors and Awards: 
  • 2017: Fellow, Structural Engineering Institute, American Society of Civil Engineers
  • 2012: Professor of the Year, Tufts Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • 2012: Designer Special Achievement Award, American Institute of Steel Construction
  • 2011: Henry and Madeline Fisher Award for Teaching, Tufts School of Engineering
  • 2006: Watson Medal for Most Meritorious Paper, American Concrete Institute
  • 2006: Chester Paul Siess Award for Structural Research, American Concrete Institute
  • 1997-2002: Graduate Research Fellowship, National Science Foundation
Selected Professional Activities: 
  • Licensed Professional Engineer, MA Certificate 45633
Professional Memberships: 
American Society of Civil Engineers, Structural Engineering Institute
American Institute of Steel Construction
American Concrete Institute
Earthquake Engineering Research Institute
Teaching/Courses Taught: 
CEE-0120: Clean Energy Engineering: Offshore Wind
CEE-0123: Advanced Structural Design

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