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Eric Hines

Professor of the Practice
Civil and Environmental Engineering

Eric Hines

Professor of the Practice
Civil and Environmental Engineering

Phone 617-868-1200
Anderson Hall
200 College Avenue, Medford, MA
structural engineering, earthquake engineering, steel design, concrete design, structural systems design

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.

Ph.D., Structural Engineering, University of California, San Diego, 2002
M.S.E., Applied Mechanics and Engineering Science, University of California, San Diego. 1998
B.S.E., Civil Engineering, Princeton University, 1995
Certificate, Architecture, 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, 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: 
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-0024: Steel Design
CEE-0120: The Art of Building

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