Prominent Mathematician Michael Lacey

Michael Lacey is a highly-honored mathematician who currently serves as a full professor and associate chair of faculty at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Michael Lacey first came to the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1996 with the rank of associate professor. He became a full professor in 2001, and he moved to his current role in 2017.


Michael Lacey earned a BS degree in mathematics from the University of Texas in 1981. In 1987, he earned a Ph.D in mathematics under the direction of Walter Philipp. His thesis was in the area of probability theory.


Before coming to the Georgia Institute of Technology, Michael Lacey was an assistant professor at the University of Louisiana. From there, he moved to the same position at the University of North Carolina. From 1989 through 1996, Michael Lacey served as an assistant professor at the University of Indiana.


Dr. Lacey has received a number of honors in his field. In 1997, he was awarded with the Prix Salem for his work in phase space analysis. Dr. Lacey followed this by receiving a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2004. This prestigious honor is given to no more than four mathematicians in any given year.


In 2008, Dr. Lacey was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship, and spent time in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The American Mathematical Society accepted Dr. Lacey as a fellow in 2013. That organization stated that Dr. Lacey had made, “outstanding contributions in the advancement of mathematics”.


In his current teaching role, Dr. Lacey teaches a number of different courses on a rotating basis. In the past he has taught courses that include the Foundation of Math Proofs, Vector Calculus, Linear Algebra and Harmonic Analysis.


Dr. Lacey continues to be an adviser to graduate students and those in the Ph.D program at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He has worked with several students in postdoctoral programs as well.

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