Gund Global Affiliate, Vice President of Power Systems at EnergyHub

Paul D.H. Hines was an Associate Professor and the L. Richard Fisher chair in the Electrical and Biomedical Engineering department at the University of Vermont, where he co-directed The Energy Systems Laboratory at UVM (TESL@UVM) and held a secondary appointment in Computer Science. He is also a co-founder of Packetized Energy, an innovative energy startup located in Burlington, Vermont, where he is now the Vice President of Power Systems.

He also serves as External Professor at the Santa Fe Institute and is a member of the adjunct research faculty of the Carnegie Mellon Electricity Industry Center. 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.

His research focuses on solving challenges associated with the transition to clean and distributed energy systems and mitigating the risk of cascading failures in interdependent infrastructure systems. He 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 has been featured by NPR, Science magazine and Scientific American.


  • C.T.M. Clack, S.A. Qvist, J. Apt, S.J. Davis, V. Diakov, M. Handschy, P. Hines, P. Jaramillo, D.M. Kammen, M.G. Morgan, J.F. Whitacre, J. Sweeney, D.G. Victor, G.R. Tynan, J.C.S. Long, V. Sivaram, A. Brandt, J.P. Weyant, and K. Caldeira, Evaluation of a proposal for reliable low-cost grid power with 100% wind, water, and solar Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences vol. 114, no.26, June 27, 2017. (Open access)
  • Paul Hines, Ian Dobson and Pooya Rezaei, Cascading Power Outages Propagate Locally in an Influence Graph that is not the Actual Grid Topology, IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, vol. 32, no. 2, 2017. (Open access)
  • Mert Korkali, Jason G. Veneman, James P. Bagrow, Brian F. Tivnan and Paul D.H. Hines, Reducing Cascading Failure Risk by Increasing Infrastructure Network Interdependence, Scientific Reports, vol. 7, no. 44499, 2017. (Open access)
  • Pooya Rezaei, Paul Hines and Margaret Eppstein, Estimating Cascading Failure Risk with Random Chemistry, IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, vol. 30, no. 5, 2015.
  • Pooya Rezaei, Jeff Frolik, and Paul Hines. Packetized Plug-in Electric Vehicle Charge Management. IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, vol. 5, no. 2, pp. 642-650, 2014.

Associations and Affiliations

  • University of Vermont School of Engineering, L. Richard Fisher Professor, March 2015 to present; Associate Professor, September 2014 to 2022; Assistant Professor, December 2007 to August 2014; secondary appointment in Computer Science, April 2007 to 2022.
  • Packetized Energy, Co-founder of a clean energy software startup based on IP developed at the University of Vermont, May 2016 to present.
  • Santa Fe Institute, External Faculty Member, 2018 to present.
  • Carnegie Mellon Electricity Industry Center, Adjunct research faculty member, 2007 to present
  • Santa Fe Institute, visiting faculty member (sabbatical appointment), September 2014 to June 2015
  • Burlington Electric Department, Commissioner, 2009 to 2012; Vice-chair, 2011 to 2012

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Electric energy, network science, cascading failures, electrification, renewable energy


  • PhD, Engineering & Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University
  • MS, Electrical Engineering, University of Washington
  • BS, Electrical Engineering, Seattle Pacific University


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