The Career of Accomplished Mathematician Michael Lacey

Michael Lacey is an accomplished mathematician who currently holds the position of a Full Professor of Mathematics at the Georgia Institute of Technology, or GA Tech. He most recently became an Associate Chair for Faculty at GA Tech and has years of experiences tutoring others in advanced math.

Lacey began his higher education in mathematics when he attended the University of Texas. Upon graduation, Lacey received a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the school in 1981. He would further his education by enrolling in the Ph.D. program at the University of Illinois.

While at the University of Illinois, Lacey was conducting research directly with renowned mathematician Walter Philipp. Lacey studied numerous areas of advanced math, but his most important contributions were in the area of harmonic analysis and quantifying waves. In 1987, Michael Lacey graduated from the university with his Ph.D. in Mathematics and immediately began his career as an educator.

Lacey spent a year’s time as an Assistant Professor at both the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Louisiana State University. He remained in contact with Walter Philipp during this time and the two collaborated to support an accepted theory of probability with further solid evidence.

Prior to his time at GA Tech, the longest tenure for Michael Lacey was his time spent at Indiana University as an Assistant Professor. Lacey stayed with the university from 1989 to 1996. It was during the same year that he would ultimately accept a position as an Assistant Professor at GA Tech.

Due to his work in the field, Michael Lacey has numerous honors and awards to his name. He was granted a Postdoctoral Fellowship from the National Science Foundation in 1990 and awarded the Salem Prize in 1997 along with his colleague Christoph Thiele. In 1998, Lacey had the prestigious honor of addressing the audience of the International Congress of Mathematicians, which is held in Berlin.

Throughout his career, Lacey has received additional honorary Fellowships including a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2004 and a Simons Fellowship in 2012. He was also given the Georgia Tech NSF-ADVANCE Mentoring Award in 2013.

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