Paul Fishback

Paul Fishback

Contact Information

  • Phone/Voice Mail: (616) 331-2443
  • email:
  • Office: 2337 MAK
  • Department Phone: (616) 331-2040
  • Department Fax: (616) 331-3120
  • Mailing address: Department of Mathematics, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI 49401


Paul Fishback

With my wife, Barb, at the summit of Mount Moosilauke on the New Hampshire section of the Appalachian Trail.

Professor, Department of Mathematics

  • Ph.D. University of Wisconsin, 1992

  • A.B. Hamilton College, 1985

I came to Grand Valley State University in the Fall of 1993, received tenure in 1999, and was promoted to Full Professor in 2006.  I've had the opportunity to teach a wide variety different courses, including college algebra, calculus, proof writing, linear algebra, differential equations, operations research, vector calculus, modern algebra, real analysis, and complex analysis. In the Fall of 2009, I received the GVSU Alumni Association's Outstanding Educator Award.

Although my graduate training was in the field of Fourier analysis, my research since coming to GVSU has primarily involved collaborating with students on problems in analysis and discrete dynamical systems. From 2006-2009, I wrote a textbook used in our operations course, entitled Linear and Nonlinear Programming with Maple: An Interactive, Applications-Based Approach, Chapman and Hall / CRC Press, 2009. My current research interests focus on signal processing and network modeling in the neurosciences. As part of this project, I am collaborating with colleagues and graduate students in GVSU's Biomedical Engineering as well neurologists from Spectrum Health Systems to analyze patient electroencephalogrophy (EEG) data coming from Spectrum Hospital's Epilepsy Monitoring Unit.

Student-related activities have always been of interest to me. I am involved with Pi Mu Epsilon and currently serve as the organization's President-Elect.

Away from GVSU, I enjoy camping, cross-country skiing, bicycling, and traditional, Greenland-style sea kayaking. I've been paddling almost 20 years and hold the British Canoe Union 4-Star Sea Kayaking Skill Award.


Kayaking along the coastline at Acadia National Park, Maine.