Dr. Colin McDonald

Colin McDonald

Assistant Professor / Director, Engineering 1 Program

McMaster University
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada L8S 4L7

Office: ETB-107 (Mail to ETB-101)
Email: cmcdona@mcmaster.ca
Voice: (905) 525-9140 x24231


  • B.E.Sc., Mechanical Engineering, Western University, London, ON (2003)

  • Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering, Western University, London, ON (2008)

  • P.Eng. (2014)


Brief Bio

Dr. McDonald teaches in the first-year engineering program (Engineering 1) and the Integrated Biomedical Engineering and Health Sciences (iBiomed) program.  His teaching interests include courses in graphics design, engineering design, and biomedical engineering.  His current research interests are pedagogical, with a focus on interdisciplinary education, project-based learning, experiential learning, and the development of tools to enhance the classroom experience and improve assessment and outcome measures.  His technical research interests are in the areas of biomechanics (upper extremity and spine), in-vivo joint kinematics, musculoskeletal imaging, and computer-guided surgery.

Research Interests

  • Engineering Education
  • Interdisciplinarity
  • Biomechanics
  • Musculoskeletal Imaging