Mohsen Razzaghi was named a W.L. Giles Distinguished Professor in 2019. He received his Bachelor’s Degree (with honors) in Mathematics with a minor in Physics from the University of Sussex in England, and his Master's Degree in Applied Mathematics from the University of Waterloo in Canada. He then returned to Sussex University and earned his doctoral degree. He is currently a professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, and has served as Head of the Department since 2007.
Dr. Razzaghi was honored to be offered two prestigious Fulbright fellowships for the academic years 2011-2012 and 2015-2016. During each period, he spent nine months at the Technical University of Civil Engineering of Bucharest in Romania, one of the most prestigious European universities. In addition, he received his third Fulbright award as a Fulbright specialist to spend six weeks at the University of Bucharest in Romania beginning in May 2019. Through his initiative, MSU completed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Prince of Songkla University in Thailand, University Polytechnic Timisoara (UPT) in Romania, University of Bucharest (UOB) in Romania, University of Banja Luka in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Ton Duc Thang University (TDTU) in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. In addition, UPT and UOB obtained EU funding for a joint Erasmus+ educational program with MSU for student and faculty exchanges.
Razzaghi’s research area is in Applied and Computational Mathematics, which ranges from developing, analyzing, and implementing mathematical models and numerical methods from sciences and engineering. He is particularly interested in optimal control, fractional calculus, orthogonal functions, and wavelets. He has performed fundamental work and has made major advances in these fields. Specifically, he has introduced a novel method known as "hybrid functions" by combining piecewise and continuous basis functions. He was also the first to use Legendre wavelets for approximating solutions to problems in dynamical systems with jump and discontinuities. He has over 230 refereed publications in high-quality international journals in the areas of applied mathematics, mathematical physics, and engineering. He presented over 180 talks in national/international conferences. These include numerous plenary and keynote lectures. In addition, he is on the editorial board of the international journal of Mathematics and Computers in Simulation. Because of his extensive scientific and educational activities in Romania, he has been named to editorial boards of two Romanian journals. He also had NASA grants of over $600,000.
Dr. Razzaghi has been an essential part of the Department’s graduate program since its inception and was heavily involved in the design of the Ph.D. in Mathematical Sciences at Mississippi State. He has been instrumental in developing several new courses, and he has taught a wide range of graduate and undergraduate classes. Dr. Razzaghi supervised and directed Gamal Elnagar, the first student to complete a Ph.D. in Mathematical Sciences at MSU in August 1993. His thesis work resulted in eight refereed journal publications, one of which, coauthored with him, to date has been cited over 640 times.