Professor Anna Nagurney
Anna Nagurney
Eugene M. Isenberg Chair in Integrative Studies
Director - Virtual Center for Supernetworks
Isenberg School of Management

Department of Operations and Information Management
Isenberg School of Management
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Amherst, MA 01003

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Research Interests and Expertise:

Transportation networks and congestion management; Supply chain networks and disruption management; Financial networks with intermediation; Electric power generation and distribution networks;  Supernetworks; Network economics; Energy, sustainability and environmental policies;  Internet, pricing, e-commerce, and advertising; Critical infrastructure; Cybersecurity; Game theory; Network metrics; Network performance assessment and vulnerability analysis; Reliability,  robustness and security of network enterprises in the presence of disruptions; Mergers and acquisitions; Humanitarian logistics; Network design; Supply chain network design for critical needs and health care products; Perishable product supply chains, including those associated with food, blood, and pharma, of great relevance in the COVID-19 pandemic; Emergency preparedness and disaster management.

Professor Nagurney is frequently sought out by the media and has been interviewed for articles in multiple major media outlets including: The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, The Verge, and by The Associated Press, among others. She is a frequent contributor to NPR, including Marketplace, and has appeared on multiple TV news broadcasts locally and nationally.

Brief Bio:

Anna Nagurney is the Eugene M. Isenberg Chair in Integrative Studies and was appointed to this endowed chaired professorship in the Department of Operations and Information Management in the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst on April 14, 2021. Prior to that, she was the John F. Smith Memorial Professor of Operations Management, since 1998. She is also the Founding Director of the Virtual Center for Supernetworks and the Supernetworks Laboratory for Computation and Visualization at UMass Amherst. She is an Affiliated Faculty Member of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at UMass Amherst. She received her AB, ScB, ScM, and PhD degrees from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. She devotes her career to education and research that combines operations research / management science, engineering, and economics. Her focus is the applied and theoretical aspects of network systems, particularly in the areas of transportation and logistics, critical infrastructure, and in economics and finance.

Her most recent book, Dynamics of Disasters Impact, Risk, Resilience, and Solutions, which she edited with I.S. Kotsireas. P.M. Pardalos, and A. Tsokas, was published by Springer Nature Switzerland AG in 2021. She authored Competing on Supply Chain Quality: A Network Economics Perspective, with D. Li, published by Springer International Publishing Switzerland in 2016, and Networks Against Time: Supply Chain Analytics for Perishable Products, with M. Yu, A.H. Masoumi, and L.S. Nagurney, published in 2013 by Springer Science + Business Media, NYC.

She has authored or co-authored 12 other books, more than 200 refereed journal articles and over 50 book chapters. For a full list of her publications see her Curriculum Vita.

In 2020, Professor Anna Nagurney was awarded the Harold Larnder Prize from the Canadian Operational Research Society and was selected to be an IFORS Distinguished Lecturer. She will deliver her plenary talks based on these recognitions in Toronto, Canada, and in Madrid, Spain, respectively, in 2021 (virtually due to the pandemic).

In 2019, Professor Anna Nagurney was an invited speaker at the Congreso Futuro in Chile in January. She was elected a Fellow of the Network Science Society and received the award at the NetSci Conference at the University of Vermont in Burlington in May. She received the biannual Constantin Caratheodory Prize from the International Society for Global Optimization at its conference in Metz, France in July 2019.

In 2018, Professor Nagurney had the pleasure and honor of giving conference keynote talks in Italy, Switzerland, England, and Canada. She was the Omega Rho Distinguished Lecturer for the INFORMS Annual 2018 Conference in Phoenix, Arizona.

In 2017 and 2018, Professor Nagurney was a Summer Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, where she worked on game theory network models for disaster relief and blood supply chains. She was also the co-organizer, with Ilias S. Kotsireas and Panos M. Pardalos, of the 3rd International Dynamics of Disasters Conference, which took place in Greece in July 2017. She also co-organized the 4th International Dynamics of Disasters Conference, which took place in Greece in July 2019.

She was a Visiting Fellow at All Souls College at Oxford University in the United Kingdom for the 2015-2016 Trinity Term. During the 2015-2016 academic year, she was invited to speak at MIT, Yale University, the University of Buffalo, the MITRE Corporation, Carnegie Mellon University, Imperial College in London, and Lancaster University in England, and was a keynote speaker at Analytics Day at the University of Waterloo in Canada.

Professor Nagurney was a Visiting Professor of Operations Management at the School of Business, Economics and Law at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden, as part of the University's International Visiting Professor Programme, for 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015. She was on sabbatical there during the 2012-2013 academic year. In March 2013, she was a Guest Professor at the Vienna University of Economics and Business in Austria.

Professor Nagurney is featured in the 2016 book: STEM GEMS: How 44 Women Shine in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, and How You Can Too! authored by Stephanie Espy.

In 2016, she received the Volunteer Service Award at the Distinguished Level from INFORMS at the INFORMS Annual Meeting in Nashville, Tennessee, November 13-16.

In 2015 and 2012 she received an Exceptional Merit Award from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

On June 13, 2014, she received the University Medal from the University of Catania in Sicily for her contributions to networks and her mentorship of operations researchers.

In 2013, Professor Nagurney was elected an INFORMS Fellow.

In November 2012, she received the Walter Isard Award for her sustained contributions to theory and methodology in Regional Science. She received this award at the 59th Annual Meeting North American Meeting of the Regional Science Association International in Ottawa, Canada. In 2012, Professor Nagurney also received the Spotlight Scholar Award from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was recognized by the Isenberg School of Management with the 2011-2012 Research Excellence Award.

In March 2011, she received the Jane F. Garvey Transportation Leadership Award from the Institute of Transportation Engineers.

Among the additional honors that she has received are: the University of Massachusetts Award for Outstanding Accomplishments in Research and Creative Activity, an INFORMS Moving Spirit Award, a Radcliffe Fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Research Team Fellowship, a Distinguished Fulbright Chair at the University of Innsbruck, Austria, two AT&T Foundation Industrial Ecology Fellowships, the Chancellor's Medal from the University of Massachusetts, an Eisenhower Faculty Fellowship, a National Science Foundation Faculty Award for Women, a Faculty Fellowship from the University of Massachusetts, and the Kempe Prize from the University of Umea, Sweden. She has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Innsbruck, Austria, the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Brown University.

During March 2008, Professor Nagurney was a Senior Fulbright Specialist in Business Administration at the University of Catania  in Italy. In May 2008, she led the conference, Humanitarian Logistics: Networks for Africa, under the auspices of the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Conference and Study Center programs. 

Professor Anna Nagurney has been featured in Science  and was named an Intellectual Leader in Regional Science according to the number of citations to her published articles.  In 2007, she was elected  a Fellow of the Regional Science Association International (RSAI).  In 2007, she also received the INFORMS Award for the Advancement of Women in Operations Research / Management Sciences, known as the WORMS award. She was the Chair of the 2011 RSAI Fellow Selection Committee.

She has given plenary and keynote talks in Austria, Germany, Ukraine, Argentina, Colombia, Switzerland, China, Sweden, Italy, Canada, New Zealand, the US, the United Kingdom, and other countries. Professor Nagurney has served on numerous prize and award committees both as a committee member and as Chair.

She is on the editorial boards of the journals: Annals of Operations Research, Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Computational Economics, Computational Management Science, Annals of Regional Science, International Journal of High Performance Computing Applications, The Journal of Computational Optimization in Economics and Finance, The Journal of Financial Decision Making, Netnomics: Economic Research and Electronic Networking, Optimization Letters, International Journal of Sustainable Transportation, and the International Transactions in Operational Research.

Professor Nagurney is a participant in the INFORMS Speaker Program and from 2011-2012 was the Chair of the INFORMS Speaker Program.

Professor Nagurney is on the Board of Directors and the International Advisory Board of the Kyiv School of Economics in Ukraine.

She is the Faculty Advisor to the UMass Amherst INFORMS Student Chapter since 2004.  In 2007, the  chapter received  the INFORMS Student Chapter Annual Award Summa Cum Laude, the first year the award was given,  for its activities at the INFORMS Annual Meeting in Seattle, Washington. It received the Summa Cum Laude Award again at the 2009 INFORMS Annual Meeting in San Diego and at the 2015 INFORMS Annual Meeting in Philadelphia. In 2008, the chapter was recognized for its activities with the INFORMS Student Chapter Annual Award Magna Cum Laude at the INFORMS Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. It also received this award at the INFORMS Annual Meeting in 2010 in Austin, Texas, in 2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina, in 2012, at the INFORMS Phoenix, Arizona Meeting, in 2013, at the INFORMS Minneapolis Meeting, and in 2017 at the INFORMS Houston, Texas Annual Meeting, as well as at the 2020 virtual INFORMS Meeting. The chapter received the Cum Laude Award at the INFORMS Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA in 2014, at the INFORMS Nashville Meeting in 2016, and at the INFORMS Phoenix Meeting in 2018.

She has chaired 22 doctoral dissertations and, presently, has several doctoral students working under her supervision. The dissertations of her former doctoral students, Dr. Padma Ramanujam and Dr. Patrick Qiang, were recognized with national dissertation awards. She served as the Coordinator of the Doctoral Program in Management Science at the Isenberg School of Management for over a decade until 2011 and since 2018 is again this program's Coordinator.


Dynamics of Disasters
Dynamics of Disasters Impact, Risk, Resilience, and Solutions
Dynamics of Disasters
Dynamics of Disasters — Algorithmic Approaches and Applications
Dynamics of Disasters
Dynamics of Disasters—Key Concepts, Models, Algorithms, and Insights
Competing on supply chain quality
Competing on Supply Chain Quality: A Network Economics Perspective
Networks Against Time
Networks Against Time: Supply Chain Analytics for Perishable Products
Fragile Networks
Fragile Networks
Supply Chain Network Economics
Supply Chain Network Economics
Innovations in Financial and Economic Networks
Supernetworks: Decision-Making for the Information Age
Sustainable Transportation Networks
Sustainable Transportation Networks
Network Economics
Network Economics (second edition)
Environmental Networks
Projected Dynamical Systems

Last update: July 16, 2021