Peter Douglas completed his PhD in 1980 in chemical engineering from the University of Waterloo and began his academic career at Queen's University as an assistant professor of chemical engineering. In 1986 he joined the University of Waterloo as an associate professor and is now a professor; He has held several administrative positions at the University of Waterloo; he was the associate chair of chemical engineering (graduate studies) from 1991-1994, associate dean of engineering (computing) from 2005-2009, associate dean of engineering (graduate studies) from 2007-2009 and the director of the UW UAE campus in Dubai, UAE from 2009-2013. He is currently the associate dean of engineering (undergraduate studies).
Douglas has worked and travelled widely. He has been a visiting professor at the Petroleum Institute, Abu Dhabi, UAE, the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, University Teknologi Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi, Bangkok, Thailand and Universidad de Sancti Spiritus, Sancti Spiritus, Cuba. He was also the director for S&T linkage development for the National Science and Technology Development Agency of Thailand, Bangkok, Thailand and the Canadian High Commission to Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Douglas’ research focuses on process modelling, simulation, control and optimization. He is currently focusing on PSE applications related to the mitigation and capture of CO2 from large scale emitters. His research collaborations have been funded through a variety courses grants and contracts. He has (co)-authored more than 200 related research publications and presentations and has supervised/graduated more than 80 postgraduate (MASc and PhD) students.