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Guide – Eric Hines

Structural engineer Eric Hines’s recent projects include towers in Beijing and Boston and the world’s largest testing facility for wind turbine blades in Charlestown. As professor of the practice in civil and environmental engineering at Tufts, he has received the Henry and Madeline Fischer Award as Teacher of the Year.

Arts, sciences, and engineering go together at Tufts and that’s as it should be, he says, because they are complementary. “In engineering we pursue what Plato saw as the three ideals of civilization—the true, the good, and the beautiful,” Hines says. “The Brooklyn Bridge is probably the single most original piece of American art, right up there with jazz music. The study of a bridge encompasses history and art and mathematics and philosophy and ideas of beauty. You stare at it and see the whole world in a bridge.”