John C. Nash, D.Phil.(Oxon.)
Address: #903, 373 Laurier Ave. E., Ottawa, Ontario, K1N 8X6, Canada
Telephone: (613) 236 6108
Electronic mail: nashjc _at_ uottawa.ca
Languages: English and French
Dr. John C. Nash is best known for his extensive track-record in
risk management, in particular of technological risks
quality and productivity management
communication of scientific and statistical ideas through teaching, writing, editing, reviewing, and live and hypertext presentations
software and computational methods for scientific, statistical and managerial problems
Some details of this experience are included below. There is also a publications list, an academic history, and a contracts list for Nash Information Services Inc. that provide more information about his capabilities.
EMPLOYMENT AND APPOINTMENT HISTORY
Professor, School of Management, University of Ottawa 1981 -
(Associate Professor 1981-89; Full Professor 1989-present)
President, Nash Information Services Inc. 1980 -
Contributing Editor, BYTE 1984 - 1986
Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics Visiting Lecturer 1982 - 1983
Columnist, Interface Age (The Micromathematician) 1981 - 1983
Senior Management/Systems Consultant, Hickling-Smith Inc. 1980 - 1981
Part-time Lecturer in Computer Programming, Algonquin College, Ottawa 1981
Economics Branch, Agriculture Canada 1973 - 1980
Consulting Mathematician/Statistician 1973-1979; Chief, Statistical Analysis Unit, 1979-1980)
Research Fellow, University of Alberta (Chemistry Department) 1972 - 1973
Tutor in Mathematics, Oxford University (several colleges) 1969 - 1972
Forecasting and Simulation
author Practical Forecasting for Managers (with Mary Nash), London: Arnold Publishers and New York: Oxford University Press, 2001.
Technological forecasting of the impact of computer technologies on large scale pay and personnel systems and on the practice of government surveys.
Teaching forecasting techniques to university and industrial students and adaptation of modern statistical estimation techniques to forecasting applications.
Development of simulation programs to evaluate legislative and regulatory proposals; teaching simulation and leading projects applying simulation to management problems.
Development and teaching of academic and industrial courses in the management of technological risk.
Preparation of a number of case studies and methodological summaries.
Developing software and procedures for a variety of specialized information management applications.
Preparing a study of proposed Management Information Systems for a branch of a government department.
Evaluation of a large-scale economic database project proposal for feasibility and cost projections.
Developing and implementing various computer file and other management tools and utilities.
Developing SnoopGuard (TM) hardware and software tools for computer security.
General and Operations Management
Managerial positions in government, private and non-profit organizations.
Author of several articles and manuscript book on Visible Management, an approach to quality and productivity incorporating traditional and modern process improvement with industrial design ideas.
Responsibility for development of a new policy for world-wide fiscal management of Amnesty International at the request of combined national treasurers. (Treasurer, Amnesty International Canada, 1978 - 1981.)
Development of methods for monitoring piecework productivity of multiple products by several workers.
Editor and Managing-Editor, SSC Liaison (for the Statistical Society of Canada), 1991-1994. Associate Editor, The American Statistician, 1992-1997
Devised a new non-stationary Markov model for growth or technological change.
Developed methods for identification of collinearities in regression models, including new algorithms for singular value analysis on small computers.
Developed compact and robust methods for nonlinear modelling.
Teaching statistical thinking to university students and to government and private sector clients.
Supervision of research investigating statistical measures of discrimination in hiring.
Consultation on the applicability of statistical methods to regulated industries.
Analysis of survey data for government agencies.
Developed software and analysis methods for the Wind Imaging Interferometer.
Prepared methods and software for analyzing and simulating non-Gaussian distributed crop insurance data.
Evaluation/implementation of software (mainframe & micro) for
public and private sector agencies.
With Jon Calof introduced courses in E-Commerce and E-Government
to the University of Ottawa and presented training courses and
information sessions to various organizations in government and
Author of software for financial analysis (rate of return, cost/benefit ratios, loan or mortgage repayment).
Evaluation of computer and information systems for government, academic or private clients.
Design and implementation of a computer cost budgeting and monitoring system for a government client.
Preparation of reviews and design of test software for diverse scientific and statistical software.
Participation in the IEEE Subcommittees on Floating Point Arithmetic Standards, chair of CSA BASIC and member CSA FORTRAN Working Groups. Contributed to ISO 6373-1984 (Minimal BASIC).
Construction and modification of personal computer systems.
Preparation of a freeware text processing system for educational and non-profit use.
Programming for a very wide range of hardware, operating system and programming language types.
Presentation of industrial training seminars on the effective use of personal computers in scientific and management situations.
Author of the Software Taxi hypertext viewer and program launching system.
Implementation of random number generating software to avoid difficulties of short period generators in proprietary software.
Author of monographs Compact numerical methods for computers (Adam Hilger, 1979 & 1990; Omsha, 1996), Effective scientific problem solving with small computers (Reston Publishing, 1984) and Nonlinear parameter estimation: an integrated system in BASIC (with Mary Walker-Smith; Marcel Dekker Inc., 1987). With Mary Nash, author of the electronic monograph Scientific Computing with PCs (NIS, 1995).
Compact Numerical Methods and Scientific Computing with PCs were republished in 1998 as part of the CD ROM Dr Dobb's Essential Books on Numerics and Numerical Programming.
Columnist and/or editor for Interface Age, Byte, and PC Magazine.
Ongoing works include Managing Technological Risk and Visible Management
Author or co-author of numerous academic and professional articles, including hypertexts.
Dr. Nash is able to bring to his work a leisure interest in printing, cabinet making, English Country Dancing and creative writing. He belongs to the American Statistical Association, the Statistical Society of Canada, the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics and the Association for Computing Machinery.
More information on Dr. Nash and his work are available on the World Wide Web at http://www.nashinfo.com and http://macnash.telfer.uottawa.ca.