Michael Lacey has been recognized internationally for his achievements in the field of mathematics for teaching, mentoring, and research. While his postgraduate work has also focused on ergodic theory and probability, his most researched and most funded field of study has been his work with harmonic analysis.
Harmonic analysis works with representing functions as waves and is used in areas from neuroscience to quantum mechanics.
Through the University of Texas in 1981, Lacey earned his B.S. in Mathematics. Michael Lacey earned his Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Illinois under the advisory of Walter Philipp. His thesis was on Banach Spaces, which are normed vector spaces named after the Polish mathematician.
He continued to work with Walter Philipp and proved the central limit theorem with him while serving as an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina. In 1996, he and Christoph Thiele solved a conjecture related to the bilinear Hilbert transform presented by Alberto Calderón. The work the pair did on the bilinear Hilbert transform earned then the Salem Prize.
A highly sought-after speaker in the field of mathematics, Michael Lacey has given hundreds of presentations nationally and internationally. He has spoken at colleges across the United States and the world over a variety of math-related topics. The contracts and grants his work has earned have given his departments and himself millions of dollars. Learn more about Michael Lacey: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Lacey and https://www.genealogy.math.ndsu.nodak.edu/id.php?id=62509
The Georgia Institute of Technology recruited Lacey in 1996 as an associate professor and he was later made Full Professor in 2001 and later in 2017 the Associate Chair for Faculty.
Prior to Georgia Tech, he held assistant professor positions at Indiana University, the University of North Carolina, and Louisiana State University.
As director of 2 National Science Foundation training grants, he has been able to provide assistance for dozens of students at varying levels of education. These grants are alongside the mentoring that Lacey has provided to several students, including 10 post-doctorates, throughout his professional career.
A large majority of the students he has mentored at least partially attribute their success to their work with Professor Lacey.