Anna Nagurney

Anna Nagurney

Anna Nagurney (born ??) is a Ukrainian-American mathematician, economist, educator and author, and Professor of Operations Management at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.


Anna Nagurney attended Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island and received her AB degree in Russian Language and Literature and ScB in 1977, her ScM in 1980, and her PhD degrees in 1983 in Applied Mathematics.

She is now the John F. Smith Memorial Professor in the Department of Finance and Operations Management in the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and the first female to be appointed to a named Professorship in the U of M system. 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 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 Financial Decision Making, Netnomics: Economic Research and Electronic Networking, Optimization Letters, and the International Journal of Sustainable Transportation.

She was featured in Science magazine, in a feature on Women in Science, in 1992 and was identified as an Intellectual Leader in Regional Science in 2004, based on citations to her articles.

Among the awards and honors she has received are: the University of Massachusetts Award for Outstanding Accomplishments in Research and Creative Activity, an INFORMS Moving Spirit Award, a Science 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 Distinguished Guest Visiting Professor at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden, and has also held Visiting Appointments at the Center for Transportation Studies and the MIT Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the Applied Mathematics Department at Brown University.


Nagurney devotes her career to education and research that combines operations research/management science, economics, and engineering. Her focus is the applied and theoretical aspects of decision-making on network systems, particularly in the areas of transportation and logistics, energy and the environment, and economics and finance.

She is an expert on such methodologies for network problems as optimization, game theory, variational inequalities, and projected dynamical systems theory, which she helped to co-develop.

Network problems

Some of her major contributions include demonstrating how to add a link to a network so that the Braess paradox does not occur (the classical 1968 paper of Braess which she translated with Braess and Wakolbinger appeared in Transportation Science in 2005) and resolving over 50 year old hypotheses regarding how financial networks can be reformulated as transportation networks and the same holds for electric power generation and distribution networks.


* 1996. "Projected Dynamical Systems and Variational Inequalities with Applications". With Ding Zhang. Kluwer Academic Publishers.
* 1997. "Financial Networks: Statics and Dynamics". With Stavros Siokos. Springer.
* 1999. "Environmental Networks: A Framework for Economic Decision-Making and Policy Analysis". With Kanwalroop Kathy Dhanda, and Padma Ramanujam. Edward Elgar Publishing.
* 1999. "Network Economics: A Variational Inequality Approach". Kluwer Academic Publishers.
* 2000. "Sustainable Transportation Networks"'. Edward Elgar Publishing.
* 2002. "Supernetworks: Decision-Making for the Information Age". With June Dong. Edward Elgar Publishing.
* 2003. "Innovations in Financial and Economic Networks". (Editor). Edward Elgar Publishing.
* 2006. "Supply chain network Economics: Dynamics of Prices, Flows, and Profits". Edward Elgar Publishing.

External links

* [ Homepage]
* [ Virtual Center for Supernetworks]
* [ Nagurney's Mesh Forum Keynote Speech on Networks]
* [ Braess' visit to UMass Amherst]

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