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Anna Nagurney - University of Massachusetts Amherst. Amherst, MA, US

Anna Nagurney Anna Nagurney

John F. Smith Memorial Professor of Operations & Information Management | University of Massachusetts Amherst


Anna Nagurney studies network systems with applications including congested urban transportation networks, disaster relief and supply chains


Areas of Expertise (4)

COVID-19 and supply chains

Sustainable Supply Chains

Supply Chain and Logistics Management

Cold Chain Logistics


During the COVID-19 pandemic, Anna Nagurney has been a go-to expert to discuss supply chain issues related to the crisis. Her insight and commentary have included explaining the particular challenges of maintaining the "cold chain" for a COVID vaccine and issues with availability of essential goods for consumers from cleaning supplies to PPE.

Her commentary and analysis has been sought by media including the New York Times, the Associated Press, NPR, USA Today, th Boston Globe, and the Wall Street Journal.

The John F. Smith Memorial Professor of Operations Management at UMass Amherst's Isenberg School of Management, Nagurney has contributed to operations research with a focus on network systems, including congested urban transportation networks and complex supply chains with applications to food, healthcare, and disaster relief.


Video Appearances





Anna Nagurney on Care Talk podcast Anna Nagurney Talk on Operational Research: The TransfORmative Discipline for the 21st Century


Education (4)

Brown University: Ph.D., Applied Mathematics

Brown University: Sc.M., Applied Mathematics

Brown University: A.B., Russian Language and Literature

Brown University: Sc.B., Applied Mathematics

Press Coverage (5)

The Quest for a Coronavirus Vaccine

WHYY  radio


Anna Nagurney discusses the challenges of keeping vaccines cold from the point of manufacture until they are administered to people around the world.

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Vaccine storage issues could leave 3B people without access

Associated Press  print


Anna Nagurney says the need to keep a COVID-19 at a low temperature from the point of manufacture to patient delivery could leave 3 billion people without access to a-19 vaccine.

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COVID cases are rising and winter is coming. Should shoppers expect another wave of grocery shortages?

The Boston Globe  print


Anna Nagurney says there is a potential for grocery shortages as the COVID-19 pandemic surges again this winter.

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#CareTalk Podcast Episode #69 - How Will the COVID Vaccine Get to Me? w/ Guest: Anna Nagurney

CareTalk Podcast  online


Anna Nagurney joins the CareTalk Podcast to explain why COVID vaccines will require cold chain logistics and whether or not the US is properly equipped to supply the vaccines when they become available.

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7 Ways the Pandemic Has Changed How We Shop for Food

The New York Times  print


Anna Nagurney says the COVID-19 pandemic is a pivotal time in our history creating changes in the way people shop for and prepare food. “This is a pivotal time in our history,” said Anna Nagurney, a professor in the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts who studies supply chains. “Not all of what we’ve seen will stick, but a lot of it will.”

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Publications (4)

Keeping coronavirus vaccines at subzero temperatures during distribution will be hard, but likely key to ending pandemic

The Conversation

Anna Nagurney


"Just like a fresh piece of fish, vaccines are highly perishable products and must be kept at very cold, specific temperatures. The majority of COVID-19 vaccines under development – like the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines – are new RNA-based vaccines. If they get too warm or too cold they spoil. And, just like fish, a spoiled vaccine must be thrown away. ..."

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The raging competition for medical supplies is not a game, but game theory can help

The Conversation

Anna Nagurney


"I conduct research on perishable product supply chains with applications ranging from blood to personal protective equipment. Most PPE and medical supplies have a limited lifespan and some in the U.S. National Stockpile no longer met quality standards, as reported by CNN in early May. This pandemic has shown us all that competition for these essential, yet limited, supplies is the reality. Game theory, the study of strategies under competition, can help."

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Dynamics of Disasters: Algorithmic Approaches and Applications (Springer Optimization and Its Applications (BOOK)


Ilias S. Kotsireas, Anna Nagurney , and Panos M. Pardalos, Editors


This book surveys new algorithmic approaches and applications to natural and man-made disasters such as oil spills, hurricanes, earthquakes and wildfires.

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Networks Against Time: Supply Chain Analytics for Perishable Products (BOOK)


Anna Nagurney, Min Yu, Amir H. Masoumi and Ladimer S. Nagurney


Despite significant achievements, the discipline of supply chain management is still unable to satisfactorily handle many practical real-world challenges.

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