Nagurney, Anna (University of Massachusetts)

Anna Nagurney Speaker

Professor Anna Nagurney
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Isenberg School of Management
Department of Operations and Information Management
Amherst, Massachusetts, USA 01003

Website: Anna Nagurney's University of Massachusetts webpage

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Labor and Supply Chain Networks

The COVID-19 pandemic has vividly and dramatically illustrated the importance of workers to our supply chains, from food to healthcare products. In this talk, I overview both optimization and game theory models in which labor is a critical resource in supply chain network economic activities of production, transportation, storage, and distribution, and demonstrate the importance of modeling supply chains holistically as well as taking caring of workers and paying them the wages that they deserve.  (Intermediate)

Perishable Products in Healthcare: Models, Analysis, and Computations

In this presentation, I will describe our recent research on perishable product supply chains ranging from pharmaceutical supply chains with branded products to medical nuclear supply chains and blood supply chains. I will discuss the generalized network frameworks under system-optimization as well as in the case of oligopolistic competition. Waste management and sustainability issues will also be highlighted. (Intermediate)

Networks Against Time: From Food to Pharma

In this talk, I will overview our collaborative research that emphasizes multiple disciplines from engineering and operations research and management science to chemistry and physics, all with a unifying theme of networks, and associated perspectives, to model product deterioration over time and perishability. The talk highlights some of the contributions in our latest book, "Networks against Time: Supply Chain Analytics for Perishable Products," published by Springer in 2013. (Intermediate)

Assessing the Performance and Vulnerability of Networks from Transportation to the Internet, Financial Networks, and Supply Chains: Which Nodes and Links Really Matter?

Networks provide the critical infrastructure for economic and social activities. With the number of disasters growing, as well as the people affected by them, I will describe tools that we have developed and that are being applied internationally, to assess the importance and ranking of nodes and links in a spectrum of network systems, with the understanding that human behavior must be captured. (Intermediate)

Humanitarian Logistics and Emergency Preparedness 

In this presentation I will discuss our latest research on the development of a spectrum of network models for the design and redesign of supply chains for critical needs products, as in disasters, as well as the identification of performance metrics for the evaluation of emergency response and humanitarian logistics operations. (Intermediate)

Education & Background

  • Ph.D., Applied Mathematics, specializing in Operations Research, Brown University
  • ScM, Applied Mathematics, Brown University
  • ScB, Applied Mathematics, Brown University
  • AB, Russian Language and Literature, Brown University

Anna Nagurney is the Eugene M. Chair in Integrative Studies in the Department of Operations and Information Management in the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is also the Founding Director of the Virtual Center for Supernetworks and the Supernetworks Laboratory for Computation and Visualization 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, as well as humanitarian logistics and healthcare.

Her most recent book is: Dynamis of Disasters - Impact, Risk, Resilience, and Solution, co-edited with I.S. Kotsireas, P.M. Pardalos, and A. Tsokas, and published by Springer International Publishing Switzerland in 2021.  She co-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, co-authored 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 including: Fragile Networks: Identifying Vulnerabilities and Synergies in an Uncertain World, Supply Chain Network Economics, Supernetworks: Decision-Making for the Information Age, Financial Networks, Sustainable Transportation Networks, and Network Economics; edited the book, Innovations in Financial and Economic Networks, and authored or co-authored more than 220 refereed journal articles and 50 book chapters.

In 2022, Professor Anna Nagurney will give the Distinguished IFORS Lecture at CLAIO in Beunoes Aires, Argentina. In 2020, Professor Anna Nagurney received the Harold Larnder Prize from the Canadian Operational Research Society. In 2019, she was an invited speaker at the Congreso Futuro in Chile; was elected a Fellow of the Network Science Society, and received the biannual Constantin Caratheodory Prize from the International Society for Global Optimization. In 2018, Professor Nagurney gave keynote talks in Italy, Switzerland, England, and Canada and was the Omega Rho Distinguished Lecturer for the 2018 INFORMS Annual Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona.

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.

She was a Visiting Fellow at All Souls College at Oxford University in England for the 2015-2016 Trinity Term and 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.

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

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

In 2013, Professor Nagurney was elected an INFORMS Fellow.

Among the additional honors that she has received are: the INFORMS WORMS Award, 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 also been a Visiting Professor at the University of Innsbruck in Austria, the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Brown University.

She is on the editorial boards of about a dozen journals.

She is the Faculty Advisor to the award-winning UMass Amherst INFORMS Student Chapter and its associated Lecture Series and has served in this capacity since 2004.  She has chaired 23 doctoral dissertations and has several doctoral students working under her supervision presently. 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 is again the Coordinator as of 2018.