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Matthew Douglass was born in Trinidad in 1926. He earned a Bachelor of Engineering from McGill University (1952), after which he worked for 5 years in industry and the public service, and then for 9 years as an assistant professor at Howard University in the United States. He was granted a Master's of Engineering Science by George Washington University in 1962 and a doctorate by Oklahoma State University in 1966.
Dr. Douglass joined Sir George Williams University as an associate professor in the Department of Civil Engineering in 1966. He was the department's first chair 1968-1972, and served a second term from 1982-1989.
He was an active researcher in civil engineering systems, including computer-based learning and computer-aided analysis. He taught courses in mechanics and structures, and was a consultant to the Department of Civil Engineering of the University of West Indies on student enrolment, curriculum development, and research programs. He was also an examiner in structural analysis for the Order of Engineers of Quebec.
Matthew Douglass was one of the victims of the August 24, 1992 event (the Fabrikant incident) at Concordia University.
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