Writer: Linda Fresques
Walter G. Hines has been initiated as the 43rd Chapter Honor Member to the New Mexico State University Chi Epsilon, civil engineering honor society. Hines, a civil engineering alumnus and supporter of the College of Engineering, was unanimously nominated for this honor.
Chapter Trustees nominated Hines to be initiated as Chapter Honor Member of the NMSU Chapter and student chapter members voted unanimously in approval. The nomination was approved by the Southwest District Councillor and the Chi Epsilon Supreme Council.
Chapter Honor Members are those who have attained a degree of eminence in the civil engineering profession, exhibited experience and ability worthy of emulation by young civil engineers, and possess a minimum of 10 years’ experience in the civil engineering profession as registered professional engineers.
The NMSU Chi Epsilon Chapter was installed in 1968 and has 42 Chapter Honor Members (some are deceased). Only one Chapter Honor member can be initiated in a given semester.
Hines received his bachelor’s degree in 1966 and his master’s degree in 1967, both in civil engineering from New Mexico State University.
Hines recently retired as a senior engineer with CH2M HILL in Albuquerque, New Mexico. His responsibilities included managing and marketing water resource engineering projects throughout New Mexico and the southwest. In his last assignments, he led large portions of the city of Las Cruces and city of Albuquerque drinking water projects involving diversion and treatment of Rio Grande water.
Hines has more than forty years of experience in water resources and environmental engineering in water supply planning, water quality and hydrologic investigations and water system planning, and ground water and wells. He has led projects on many streams and rivers, including the Colorado, Upper Mississippi, Lower Columbia, Willamette, Illinois, Gila, Rio San Jose, Canadian, Pecos and Rio Grande. Ground water projects included investigations in Alaska, Washington, Oregon, New Mexico and Nevada, and the design and drilling of high-capacity production/recharge wells for the Las Vegas Valley Water District.
Hines has served as an expert witness and mediated disputes in cases involving waste treatment, water quality, flooding and water rights and represented private clients before various regulatory agencies. He is a registered professional engineer in Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico and Oregon.
Hines’ family has a strong connection with NMSU. His father, Jerry Hines, was a New Mexico A&M athlete, coach and athletic director in the 1920s, ‘30s and ‘40s, as well as serving with the 120th Combat Engineers, a NM National Guard unit, in WWII. His mother, Nona Mossman Hines, was the founder of the women’s physical education program at New Mexico A&M and was an art and music instructor from 1936 to 1940.
Hines has written several articles on Aggie sports and a book, Aggies of the Pacific War: New Mexico A&M and the War with Japan. He was a founding member of the Albuquerque chapter of the Aggie Scholarship Association, served on the CAGE Academy Board from 1994-1997 and 2001-2005, and is presently on the Aggie Athletics Fund Board of Advisors. He recently served on the Dean’s Advisory Council of the College of Engineering of NMSU. He and wife Bettie are donors for NMSU athletics, President’s Associates, and the College of Engineering.