Gordon (Scott) Macdonald

Roles and responsibilities

My research consists of optical and infrared alignment metrology. This includes environmental system control, optical indexing, bonding, and tolerance verification.

Current research and/or projects

Technical advancements and development of astronomical optical and infrared projects at NRC.

Testing of RTV for the NFIRAOS project (PI): Research focused on the application and strain testing of RTV for NFIRAOS optical components.

GHOST (Team Member): Gemini High-Resolution Optical SpecTrograph (GHOST) team member focused on optomechanical alignment, metrology, thermal control, and project cabling.

O/IR R&D (Team Member): Developing NRC’s technologies and competencies for the next generation of Optical and Infrared projects involving, cryogenic, optomechanical metrology and cleaning protocols.


B.Sc. (Hons.) Physics, Queen’s University, Canada, 2017


International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE)


Optical System Design with Zemax OpticStudio

Previous work experience

May 2017 - May 2020 - Technical Officer NRC Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics

May 2020 - Present - Assistant Research Council Officer NRC Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics

Gordon (Scott) Macdonald

Optical Engineer
Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics
5071 West Saanich Road
Victoria, British Columbia V9E 2E7
Preferred language: English


Space sciences, Astronomy, Space technology