William A. Coberly

dr coberly

Chair, Department of MathematicsAssociate ProfessorKeplinger Hall U369
(918) 631-3119

Following a two-year post-doctoral fellowship at the NASA Johnson Space Center, Professor Coberly joined the faculty at The University of Tulsa (TU) in 1974.  His time as a professor at TU has included 28 years as Department Chair of Mathematical and Computer Sciences. 

Primary Research interests have been in the areas of mathematical statistics and the application of statistics and probability to various fields including remote sensing, energy, law, biology, medicine and engineering. 

Currently, Prof. Coberly is a member of the TU Institute of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology collaborating on research projects in which statistical methods are used to analyze data from neuroimaging, genetic, and behavioral measurements.

Education and Degrees Earned

  • Ph.D., Mathematics, Texas Tech University (1972)
  • M.A., Mathematics, Texas Tech University (1970)
  • B.A., Mathematics, Texas Tech University (1965)

Areas of Research Focus

  • Statistical methods in Bioinformatics and Neuroinformatics
  • Statistics and the Law
  • Computational Probability and Statistics

Previous Relevant Work Experience

  • Post Doctoral Fellow, NASA Johnson Space Center (1972-1974)

Professional Affiliations

Courses Taught at TU

  • Applied Regression (MATH 5533)
  • Calculus I (MATH 2014)
  • Calculus II (MATH 2024)
  • Calculus III (MATH 2073)
  • Introduction to Advanced Mathematics (MATH 3033)
  • Modern Geometries (MATH 3513)
  • Statistical Methods for Scientists and Engineers (STAT 4813)
  • Stochastic Modeling and Simulation (MATH 5503)


  • Analysis of Histamine Release Assays using the Bootstrap
    Journal of Immunological Methods, Vol. 296, pp. 103-114,2004 (with Joseph Price).
  • ECG Data Compression Techniques - A Unified Approach
    IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, Vol. 37, No. 4, April 1990 (with Jalaleddine, Hutchens, and Strattan)
  • Potential Margin Distortion in Breast Tissue
    Archives of Surgery, vol. 138, pp. 1371-1374, December 2003, (with Clingan, Griffin, Phillips, and Jennings).