The mathematical genius, professor, mentor, and researcher Michael Lacey is known around the world for his efforts to advance the mathematical community. Considered an expert in pure mathematics, Michael Lacey has given hundreds of presentations of different areas of mathematics throughout his long career.
After graduating from the University of Illinois at Urbana with a Ph.D. in mathematics in 1987, he took an Assistant Professor position at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge for a year before he went to the University of North Carolina. It was at the University of North Carolina that Michael Lacey and his post-doctoral mentor Walter Philipp presented their proof of the central limit theorem.
He earned the Salem Prize with Christoph Thiele for their work on the bilinear Hilbert transform during this fellowship. This prize is coveted by many as it has been presented to several people that would later go on to earn the Fields Medal in their respective fields.
While his work has touched on ergodic theory and probability after graduation, his work on harmonic analysis has earned him acclaim in the mathematical community around the world. He and his department have been given hundreds of thousands in grants and contracts to continue work on the subject.
Harmonic analysis is used in many applications such as neuroscience and quantum mechanics and involves representing functions as basic waves.
Michael Lacey was brought on to the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1996 as an untenured Associate Professor and quickly advanced. Today, he is a Full Professor and also the Associate Chair of Faculty for the School of Mathematics.
As a Full Professor at Georgia Tech, he has mentored 10 post-doctoral students and dozens of other students who have gone on to do great things within the field of mathematics in academia and the industry. He is so dedicated to his students that many of them personally thank him for their success.