Georgia Tech’s Award Winning Faculty – Michael Lacey

One mathematician that never stops giving back is Michael T Lacey. An American mathematician born September 26, 1959, Lacey has been working with mathematics for the past few decades. A true passion of his, he decided to study math and see where he can make contributions to society. He got his start while attending the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. He graduated From the University of Illinois in 1987 with his Ph.D. that was well deserved after his constant studies and theoretical analysis. While attending the University, he spent time working under the direction and mentorship of Walter Philip.


Though Michael Lacey now works at the Georgia Institute of technology, he first started his career working at both the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Louisiana State University. During his time at UNC, he was able to provide proof of the Central Limit Theorem along with his colleague Walter Philip. Though this was a great accomplishment for Michael Lacey, he, of course, could not stop there, as he always can see one more mathematical problem he can solve. Furthermore, he went on to receive the National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellowship while he was working at the Indiana University from the years of 1989 to 1996. This fellowship was received right before he received his Salem prize while working on the Hilbert transform.


In 1996 Michael Lacey decided to make his most recent career move to work at the Georgia Institute of Technology. There he has been able to continue his work, and become a true expert in pure mathematics, which is his passion. His vast knowledge of probability and harmonic analysis led him to be so much more than just Georgia Tech faculty. Michael also spent his time as the director of training grants while he is also working as an advisor for undergraduates who are ready to move on to the graduate program. Michael spends a lot of his time mentoring, which is not in vain as most of his Ph.D. student have received both academic and industry jobs that have to help them grow and succeed.