Nathan Colaner, PhD, MBA

Dr. Nathan Colaner is a senior instructor in the Department of Management, director of the Bridge MBA program and director of Albers’s Business Analytics program. Colaner’s PhD is in philosophy, with a focus on ethics and epistemology in general. But his subsequent MBA and business analytics degree led him to focus on three areas within applied ethics: organizational ethics, data ethics, and the ethics of machine learning and artificial intelligence. His recent research is on the ethical, technical, and epistemological aspects of machine learning, specifically regarding the creation of explainable artificial intelligence. As a teacher, he focuses on the ways that business organizations can create a nurturing environment for their employees, the ethical and legal implications of data use, and responsible business uses of artificial intelligence. As a consultant, he works directly with private and governmental organizations to implement ethical data and machine learning solutions.