Peter Vanrolleghem is a bio-engineer and PhD in Environmental Technologies from Ghent University (Belgium). In 1997 he became a professor there in bioprocess modelling in a wide range of applications (food, agriculture, wastewater).
In 2006 he was hired by the Université Laval as holder of the Canada Research Chair on Water Quality Modelling. His research team, modelEAU, focuses on urban wastewater systems and tackles challenges such as nutrient (removal and recovery), fate of micropollutants and emissions of greenhouse gases, by developing and using mathematical models, automated monitoring stations, process control and pilot- and full-scale experiments.
He is very active in the Water Environment Federation (WEF) and the International Water Association (IWA). He is currently a member of the WEF’s Board of Trustees and was previously a member of IWA’s Board. At Université Laval, he is director of its multi-disciplinary Water Research Center, CentrEau, since 2015.