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We were fortunate to make two high quality appointments of faculty members in 2012.

Samuel Coskey received his PhD in mathematics in 2008 from Rutgers University followed by a postdoctoral position at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He was also a guest researcher at the Max Planck Institute during Summer 2009 and a postdoctoral fellow at the Fields Institute and York University during 2010-12.

The heart of Dr. Coskey’s current research lies in the fresh and exciting field of Borel equivalence relations, an area of descriptive set theory that has applications to many other areas of mathematics such as model theory, group theory, ergodic theory and analysis. Much of this research deals with classification problems in mathematics using tools from descriptive set theory, which can provide new concrete information about the classification.

Dr. Coskey also has a passion for teaching and mentoring mathematics. He makes an effort to treat material in a thorough and clear way while having a non-imposing, relaxed attitude with students. Also while in New York City, on his own initiative, he conducted a “School of Mathematics” where anyone was invited to attend a weekly and lively conversation.


Partha Sarathi Mukherjee received his PhD in statistics in 2011 from the University of Minnesota followed by a postdoctoral position as a research associate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to his PhD Dr. Mukherjee obtained a Master of Statistics at the Indian Statistical Institute, one of the oldest and most prestigious institutions focused on statistics.

Dr. Mukherjee brings a broad knowledge of statistics, computer science, medical imaging, applied mathematics, and other related areas, to his interdisciplinary research. His dissertation involved developing methodology for edge-structure preserving 3-D image denoising, which he has subsequently incorporated into the modeling of neuroimaging data. He also intends to explore the use of these techniques and methods in other areas of biomedical image analysis such as diffusion tensor imaging.

Dr. Mukherjee is excited to be teaching at Boise State and is known by his students for being knowledgeable, approachable, helpful, and for answering student’s questions exceptionally well. In addition, he is interested in consulting work and interdisciplinary research with other departments at Boise State and businesses throughout the valley.


Please join the math department in welcoming these two new faculty members to Boise State and its environs!