University of Vermont

Hines Receives 2012 Milt Silveira Award

Chip Cole and Paul HinesDr. Paul Hines, assistant professor in the School of Engineering received the 2012 Milt Silveira Award from Bernard “Chip” Cole, Interim Dean of the College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences during the October 2012 CEMS faculty meeting.

This award, established in 2008 by Dr. Milton Silveira, recognizes the junior faculty member in the CEMS who, "best embodies a 'pioneering spirit', drive and potential to succeed at the highest levels of his or her profession."  Faculty previously recognized: Dr. Frederic Sansoz in 2008, Dr. Josh Bongard in 2009, Dr. Jane Hill in 2010, and Dr. John Voight in 2011.

“Dr. Hines exemplifies the incredible research being done by our younger faculty members,” says Bernard “Chip” Cole, Interim Dean of CEMS.

Dr. Hines has a BS from Seattle Pacific University, an MS from the University of Washington and a Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University in electrical engineering.  He serves as a research scientist within the Computational Science Division at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), and is leading the NETL component of a DOE Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE) – a funded research project that aims to use distributed autonomous agents to improve electricity distribution systems.

Dr. Hines scholarly contributions are in the areas of electrical energy systems, decentralized (agent-based) control systems, complex networks and vulnerability, optimization, and energy policy. His goal is to reduce the frequency of 2003-sized blackouts to less than one in 25 years. Current statistics indicate that a 2003-level blackout will occur every 25 years.

His research has been featured in prestigious journals such as:  Scientific American, The International Journal of Critical Infrastructures, and IEE Transactions on Power Systems.

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