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Dr. Brian Wissman grew up in the San Francisco bay area and earned his Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis in 2007. After receiving his degree, Dr. Wissman joined the faculty at the University of Hawai`i at Hilo where he is currently Professor and Chairman of Mathematics. He also supports the College of Natural and Health Sciences as Student Support Coordinator. His research interests include topics from nonlinear dynamics such as Gas Dynamics and Shockwaves, and analysis of nonlinear systems using Information Theory. With his applied mathematics background, Dr. Wissman regularly teaches classes on Ordinary and Partial Differential Equations, Chaos, and Mathematical Physics. Moreover, he has supervised directed study classes on advanced topics such as Nonlinear Conservation Laws and General Relativity.  Dr. Wissman was Co-PI for the Pacific Undergrauate Research Experience (PURE) Mathematics REU and a Project NExT Fellow (Sun Dot, 2007).  Beginning in 2011, Dr. Wissman established and co-organizes the UH Hilo Putnam team.  Outside of academics, Dr. Wissman enjoys playing Ultimate Frisbee at the Hilo Bayfront Fields and coaches youth cross country.