Anna Nagurney

Operations and Information Management
John F. Smith Memorial Professor
Isenberg School of Management


Large-scale networks, transportation & logistics, supply chains, Future Internet Architecture, cybersecurity, energy and environment, economic and financial networks, projected dynamical systems, game theory


Transportation networks and congestion management; Supply chain 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; Dynamic networks; Social networks; Knowledge networks; Game theory; Network metrics; Network performance assessment and vulnerability analysis; Reliability,  robustness and security of network enterprises in the presence of disruptions; Operations research/Management science; Decentralized vs. centralized decision-making; Mergers and acquisitions; Humanitarian logistics; Network design; Supply chain network design for critical needs and health care products (Further information on Research Projects and Grant Funding)


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.

Activities & Awards

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, anEisenhower 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. Her paper with Jose Cruz, International Financial Networks with Intermediation: Modeling, Analysis, and Computations, was awarded the best paper prize for 2004 by the journal Computational Management Science. 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.

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. She was the convener of the symposium Dynamics of Disasters at the 2013 AAAS Annual Meeting in Boston, MA. On April 25, 2013, she was a featured panelist on Transport and Traffic at The New York Times Energy for Tomorrow Conference with the theme Building Sustainable Cities.

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.

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 theRegional 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 invited talks in Austria, Germany, Ukraine, Argentina, Colombia, 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 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: Annals of Operations ResearchJournal of Economic Dynamics and ControlComputational EconomicsComputational Management ScienceAnnals of Regional Science,International Journal of High Performance Computing Applications,  The Journal of Computational Optimization in Economics and Finance,  The Journal of Financial Decision MakingNetnomics: Economic Research and Electronic Networking,  Optimization LettersInternational Journal of Sustainable Transportationand theInternational Transactions in Operational ResearchTransportation Research E.

Professor Nagurney is a participant in the INFORMS Speaker Program and from 2011-2012 was the Chair of the INFORMS Speaker Program. Click here for more info.

Professor Nagurney served on the Advisory Council of the Society for Computational Economics from 2007 until 2010.

She is on the Advisory Council of the Laboratory of Algorithms and Technologies for Network Analysis at the Higher School of Economics in Nizhni Novgorod, Russia.

She is the Faculty Advisor to the UMass Amherst INFORMS Student Chapter and its associated Lecture Series and has served in this capacity 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, and, in 2013, at the INFORMS Minneapolis Meeting. The chapter received the Cum Laude Award at the INFORMS Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA in 2014 and at the INFORMS Nashville Meeting in 2016.

She has chaired 20 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.