Dr. Nathan Jones receives Dean's Convocation Medal

June 03, 2016

As one of SFU's most outstanding graduate students from the Beedie School of Business, Dr. Nathan Jones is being recognized with the award of the Dean of Graduate Studies Convocation Medal. On behalf of SFU, we congratulate Dr. Jones on his outstanding achievements. 

Dr. Nathan Jones won the Most Engaged Student Award when he completed his Management of Technology MBA program. He was selected by his peers and Beedie School of Business faculty members for his many contributions throughout his degree. In fact, they found it hard to let him go — he is currently co-teaching an experiential class for the program this summer.

Dr. Michael Johnson, Academic Director for the MOT MBA, says, "Nathan is one of the most engaging and intelligent students we have had in our program to-date. He is a true leader among his peers from both perspectives of scholastic achievement and engagement with his cohort and the Beedie community."

Dr. Jones received his PhD in Chemistry from UBC in 2001 and has also been an Assistant and Associate (tenured) Professor of Chemistry at Western University in London, Ontario. He has co-authored over 40 peer-reviewed papers in the areas of asymmetric metal-catalyzed reactions and nanomaterials.

He returned to Vancouver for family reasons and founded a software development company, Black Rhino Software, which makes chemistry-related apps for iPhone and iPad. The company's flagship product, ChemTrix, is a powerful calculator for common chemistry problems which has reached the top 5 reference products in 25 countries including the US and Canada, and enjoys a 4.5 star rating.

He says, "My time as a Management of Technology MBA student in the Beedie School of Business has been one of the most valuable learning experiences of my life. I am grateful for the knowledge, enthusiasm, and mentorship of all my professors, particularly Dr. Elicia Maine, and for the opportunity to work closely with the Chief Information Officer of BCAA, Mr. Ken Ontko, on developing strategy for Evo Car Share. I thank the co-authors of my capstone project, Keith Fong and Laura Hayes, and will always look back fondly on the many hours I spent working on countless projects with William Jackson, Joming Lee, and Elaine Lightfoot. I dedicate this award to my beautiful wife, Dr. Romina Reyes, and to my two children, Sofia and Michael."

  • Project: A Strategic Analysis of Evo Car Share

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