Nagurney, Anna (University of Massachusetts)

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


  • 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 John F. Smith Memorial Professor 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 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 is, Networks Against Time: Supply Chain Analytics for Perishable Products, co-authored with M. Yu, A. H. Masoumi, and L. S. Nagurney, and published in 2013 by Springer Science + Business Media, NYC.

She is also the author, with Q. Qiang, of the book, Fragile Networks: Identifying Vulnerabilities and Synergies in an Uncertain World, published in 2009. She is the author of Supply Chain Network Economics published in 2006 and  has authored or co-authored 8 other books including 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 185 refereed journal articles and book chapters.

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.

Professor Nagurney was appointed 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. She will be on sabbatical during the 2012-2013 academic year.

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.

In 2008, she was appointed a consultant to the World Bank. She was appointed an Instructor in the Office of Executive Education at Harvard University in 2009.

In 2009, she was a selected panelist on Traffic at the World Science Festival in New York City and, in 2011, was an invited panelist at the Transportation Research Board meeting and at the AAAS meeting, both of which took place in Washington DC. On April 25, 2013 she was a featured panelist on Transport and Traffic at The New York Times Energy for Tomorrow Conference in NYC on Building Sustainable Cities.

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

She was on the Program Committee of the 2011 Northeast Regional INFORMS Conference at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She was recognized by INFORMS for her contributions to the latter conference with an Outstanding Service Award.

She is the editor of the book series, New Dimensions in Networks (Edward Elgar Publishing), and the co-editor of the book series, Advances in Computational Economics (Springer).

She is on the editorial boards of the journals: Networks, 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.

As of 2013, she was also be serving on the editorial boards of the journals: Transportation Research E and TOP.

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

She is the Faculty Advisor to the UMass Amherst INFORMS Student Chapter and its associated Lecture Series.  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 Meeting in Seattle, Washington. It received the Summa Cum Laude Award again at the 2009 INFORMS Meeting in San Diego. In 2008, the chapter was recognized for its activities with the INFORMS Student Chapter Annual Award Magna Cum Laude at the INFORMS Meeting in Washington, DC. It also received this award at the INFORMS Meeting in 2010 in Austin, Texas, in 2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina, and, in 2012, at the INFORMS Phoenix, Arizona Meeting.

She was the chair of 17 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.