Anna Nagurney Named Eugene M. Isenberg Chair in Integrative Studies
April 27, 2021
Anna Nagurney’s international reputation for research in the applied and theoretical aspects of network systems—particularly in the areas of transportation and logistics, critical infrastructure, and in economics and finance—has been built through nonstop publication of journal articles and books, frequent public keynote speeches at international conferences, and enthusiastic outreach to the public through interviews with journalists. Because of that reputation, along with her love of teaching and mentoring students, the university’s board of trustees voted in April to name Nagurney the Eugene M. Isenberg Chair in Integrative Studies.
“Anna’s research reputation and international stature combined with her integrative work in operations management and engineering make her a perfect fit for the honor,” wrote Isenberg Dean Anne Massey in an email announcement.
Along with Nagurney’s role at Isenberg (previously as the John F. Smith Memorial Professor since 1998), she is an affiliated faculty member of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering.
“There is tremendous synergy to collaborations across schools and colleges at UMass Amherst,” Nagurney says. “The different intellectual perspectives, methodologies, and applications make exciting, novel advances possible, through the research of involved students and faculty, with gains also for education and practice.”
Nagurney is also the founding director of the Virtual Center for Supernetworks and the Supernetworks Lab for Computation and Visualization in the Isenberg School, and she is an author or coauthor of 15 books, more than 200 refereed journal articles, and more than 50 book chapters. She was recently awarded the Harold Larnder Prize from the Canadian Operational Research Society and was selected to be an IFORS Distinguished Lecturer. As a scholar, among other opportunities, she has twice served as a summer fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard, as well as a visiting fellow at Oxford and an Eisenhower Faculty Fellow, and she has received an NSF Faculty Award for Women and a Fulbright Chair at the University of Innsbruck, Austria. Finally, Anna is a mentor of doctoral students, coordinator of the doctoral program in Management Science, and the faculty advisor to one of the leading INFORMS student clubs in the nation.
The public scholarship Nagurney has been engaged in throughout the Covid-19 pandemic has brought her expertise to the attention of the media and the public like never before—she is frequently called upon to speak with newspaper and magazine reporters and in interviews on television, radio, and podcasts about her expertise in global supply chain challenges, network and transportation issues, and the dynamics of disasters.
“I am so touched and so grateful for this incredible honor,” Nagurney says. “I will do my best to continue with the momentum and on the trajectory that we have established. The Isenberg School is an outstanding business school with the leadership, faculty, and staff to enable breakthrough discoveries that cross disciplinary boundaries. This is a thrilling time to be part of this very special school with visionary leadership, creative faculty, and students with incredible grit and work ethic.”