The CommonWealth
A UMass Alumni/Business Affairs Publication of the Isenberg School of Management
Vol. 16, No. 2/Summer 2003

Isenberg School Faculty Honors

Professor Nagurney Receives Rockefeller Foundation Honor
Anna NagurneyThe Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Program will fund a multidisciplinary research project by John F. Smith Memorial Professor of Operations Management Anna Nagurney and two colleagues. The project, Dynamics of Complex Networks in an Environment of Risk and Uncertainty: Theoretical Foundations and Applications to Global Supply Chain and International Financial Networks, will develop a theory of complex networks under risk and construct algorithms that will improve decision making in global markets involving production quantities, shipments, environmental emissions, and financial flows. "We are determined to shed light on supply chain networks and international financial networks that will help governments and their societies to improve their economic competitiveness," notes Nagurney.

The Isenberg School professor and her colleagues-Professor Patrizia Daniele at the University of Catania, Italy, and Professor Monica Gabriela Cojocaru at Queens College in Kingston, Ontario-will conduct the lion's share of their research project March 10-24 next year at the Rockefeller Foundation's Study and Conference Center in Bellagio, Italy. "The point is to sequester us for two weeks so that we can brainstorm together to develop a framework for our research," Nagurney explains. Before we meet in Bellagio, we will be exchanging papers and ideas, but we'll do most of our work on site. We hope to generate research papers and ultimately a book from the experience. Recognition and support from the Rockefeller Foundation are a huge honor. We're extremely excited." 

Professor Nagurney teaches management science and runs the Virtual Center for Supernetworks at the Isenberg School. Professor Nagurney was invited to apply to the Bellagio Center Program following her Distinguished Chaired Fulbright Scholarship at the University of Innsbruck, Austria in the spring of 2002.