Paul Hines received the Ph.D. in Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University in 2007 and M.S. (2001) and B.S. (1997) degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington and Seattle Pacific University, respectively.

He is currently a Professor and the L. Richard Fisher chair in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Vermont. He has as a secondary appointment in Computer Science and is a member of the adjunct research faculty of the Carnegie Mellon Electricity Industry Center and a member of the external faculty at the Santa Fe Institute. He is also Co-Founder and CEO of Packetized Energy, a clean energy startup company. Formerly he worked at the U.S. National Energy Technology Laboratory, where he participated in smart grid research, the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, where he studied interactions between nuclear plants and grid reliability, Alstom ESCA, where he worked on short-term load forecasting, and for Black and Veatch, where he was involved with substation design projects. He currently serves as the vice-chair of the IEEE PES Working Group on Cascading Failure. He is a National Science Foundation CAREER award winner and his research on blackouts has been featured in Science magazine and Scientific American.

Curriculum Vitae

Paul Hines

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Electrical energy systems, cascading failure in power systems, complex networks and vulnerability, optimization, energy policy


  • Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University


  • 802.656.9660
Office Location:

203 Farrell

Office Hours:

By appointment.

  1. Paul's Website

Courses Taught

  • EE 003 - Linear Circuit Analysis I
  • EE 217 - Smart Grid
  • EE 113 - Electric Energy Systems