Anna Nagurney, the John F. Smith Professor of Operations Management and the Director of the Virtual Center for Supernetworks at the Isenberg School of Management, delivered the opening keynote at the VIII Annual Conference of the Mexican Society of Operations Research (OR). The conference took place Oct. 16 through 18 in México City at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM). The title of her keynote was “Operations Research: The TransfORmative Discipline for the 21st Century.” In her presentation, she described advances in operations research in the form of networks and game theory for application areas such as congested urban transportation networks, perishable product supply chains from food to healthcare, cybersecurity and disaster relief. The work on disaster relief was co-authored with Emilio Alvarez Flores, an Isenberg and Commonwealth Honors College alumnus, who is originally from Mexico. Nagurney also discussed some very recent research on global trade networks and the impacts of tariffs and quotas, with a case study on avocados from Mexico. The latter research was conducted with her doctoral student Deniz Besik.
ITAM was established in 1946 by a group of bankers, industrialists and businessmen, led by Raúl Baillères, who sought to make higher education the driving force behind industrial and economic change in Mexico. ITAM educates professionals in technical, administrative, and economic areas. The School of Economics is the pioneering program of ITAM with the School of Business Administration founded in 1947.