Alumni Honorees

James G. NagyJames G. Nagy

B.S. Mathematical Sciences, 1986
M.S. Mathematical Sciences, 1988


Dr. James Nagy is an internationally recognized leader in computational techniques for digital image processing and restoration. He is currently a professor in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Emory University.

Nagy maintained high levels of achievement academically and athletically as an undergraduate at NIU. He was an NCAA All American in gymnastics and placed third at the 1986 NCAA National Championship competition on the still rings.

After earning his master’s degree, he went to North Carolina State University, receiving a doctoral degree in applied mathematics in 1991.  He was then awarded a postdoctoral research position at the Institute for Applied Mathematics at the University of Minnesota.  

Nagy took a tenure-track assistant professor position at Southern Methodist University in 1992 and was promoted to associate professor in 1997. In 1999 he joined the faculty of Emory University as an associate professor and was promoted to full professor in 2006. 

His publication record includes over 60 papers including 37 in refereed journals, as well as a book on image deblurring published by the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM), the premier international society for applied and computational mathematics.

Nagy’s reputation for excellence in research is well founded and well funded. He has received four multi-year research grants from NSF and, most recently, one from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research.