Dougal studied a B.Sc. in Communication — double emphasis on Film and Corporate — in Lamar University, Texas, United States, where he received the highest academic merit scholarship available of 70% from the institution. He was included in the ‘President’s List’ for having a GPA of 4.0 during his freshman year, and went on to graduate Cum Laude.
Dougal is an avid gamer and believes games have significant potential for education, human development, and rehabilitation. During his undergraduate studies at Lamar University, he persuaded the University’s Administration to incorporate a Game Development program into their available degrees. He received an Undergraduate Research Grant to carry out a market study, with which he surveyed 1,600 secondary school students from 5 school districts, 300 college students, and 100 faculty — about their opinions and attitudes toward the video game industry, and its relation to their education and careers.
His research contributed to the addition of a Game Development program at the University during his third year at Lamar. He was also one of 8 students selected to attend the Clinton Global Initiative University 2014 in Miami, Florida, representing the institution.
More recently, Dougal helped design and develop a brand new educational model and high school campus in Mexico. He assisted the General Director of the American Institute of Monterrey —the only E-12 school in Mexico accredited by both the NEASC in the U.S. and by the CIS in Europe— in creating a curriculum that focuses on global innovation and entrepreneurship.
As an Entrepreneur, Dougal co-founded Praeter Labs. A startup company that seeks to work on R&D and pioneer HCI and interactive technology such as VR, AR, and EEG.
He also has a strong passion for Massive Multiplayer Online-virtual worlds with highly interactive and procedurally-generated content.