16 Aug

Michael Lacey is Paving the Way for Future Mathematicians Through His Teaching

Michael Lacey is not your average mathematician. A simple look through his C.V shows that he has more experience in the field than many his age. This stems from the fact that Michael Lacey genuinely loves mathematics. As a result, he quickly grabs every opportunity available to him to advance his understanding of mathematical concepts.

It is, therefore, unsurprising that Mr. Lacey’s passion for the field drove him to become one of the most respected mathematics instructors in the country. Today, he serves as a professor at Georgia Institution of Technology’s School of Mathematics. Michael Lacey held this position for the last 16 years now but has been in the teaching profession since completing his doctoral studies in 1988.

As with all other scholars, Michael Lacey is serious about adding on to the current scope of knowledge in his field. Consequently, he has over the undertaken a number of studies and had numerous research papers covering various mathematical concepts published.

For example, for his doctoral thesis, Mr. Lacey tackled the issue of probability in Banach Spaces. Additionally, he also explored the law of integrated logarithm, with particular regard for empirical characteristic functions. Since then, he has expanded his area of research and has authored more than one hundred published papers.

The number and amounts he has received for his research grants over the years are proof that institutions of higher learning see him as a quality mathematician. His highest grant was $2.1 million received from NSF as part of the VIGRE award.

He also received a $730,000 from NSF MCTP to complete an Undergraduate Program. All in all, being entrusted with millions of dollars time and again is a testament to Mr. Lacey’s hardworking and honest character.

Over the course of his long and illustrious career, Michael Lacey has been awarded and honored by a number of organizations in the United States and beyond.

His very first award came three years after the completion of his doctorate in the form of being named an NSF Postdoctoral Fellow. Seven years later, he was one of the two individuals awarded Prix Salem by the Institute for Advanced Study and Princeton University.

The following year he was then awarded a 45-minute slot to speak during the International Congress of Mathematics. In 2004 and 2008 he was again named a fellow, this time by Guggenheim and Fullbright respectively. In 2012 he was named a Simons fellow and was again a year later names an American Mathematical Society Fellow.

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