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.
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
Anna Nagurney discusses the challenges of keeping vaccines cold from the point of manufacture until they are administered to people around the world.
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.
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.
#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.
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.”
Keeping coronavirus vaccines at subzero temperatures during distribution will be hard, but likely key to ending pandemicThe Conversation
"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. ..."
The raging competition for medical supplies is not a game, but game theory can helpThe Conversation
"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."
Dynamics of Disasters: Algorithmic Approaches and Applications (Springer Optimization and Its Applications (BOOK)Springer
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.
Networks Against Time: Supply Chain Analytics for Perishable Products (BOOK)Springer
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.