Ethan MacDonald

Assistant Professor

Electrical and Software Engineering

Full Member

Hotchkiss Brain Institute

PDF – Radiology

University of Calgary, 2020

PhD – Biomedical Engineering

University of Calgary, 2014

MSc– Biomedical Engineering

University of Calgary, 2010

BSc – Electrical Engineering

Lakehead University, 2008

Contact information


Office: 403.210.6621

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Office : ICT452

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Administrative Assistant:
Heather Hanley
Phone: 403.220.4872

Research and teaching

Research activities

MacDonald’s research has including a breadth of experiments involving the use of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), including endovascular catheter tracking, quantitative cerebrovascular imaging, imaging of brain aging physiology. Currently his research focuses on big data and machine learning for MRI applications. His research program has three core themes: Theme 1 – Image acquisition and reconstruction for MRI visualization, Theme 2 – Big Data science for biomedical application using data integration, statistics and machine learning, Theme 3 – Modeling of brain circuits to inspire the next generation of intelligent algorithms.


Ethan MacDonald is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He completed technical diplomas in electronics engineering at the Nova Scotia Community College, before doing a bachelor’s degree at Lakehead University where he obtained a first class standing. He was awarded the Dean Brawn Medal for highest ranking graduating student and the Professional Engineers of Ontario Medal for Academic Achievement. He moved to Calgary to pursue his passion of skiing, where he completed a MSc and PhD in Biomedical Engineering under the supervision of Richard Frayne, and then completed a Post-doctoral Fellowship with Bruce Pike in the department of Radiology also at the University of Calgary. Dr MacDonald was appointed as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2020.