Michael Lacey is known around the world in the mathematical community for his work on harmonic analysis that has earned his department and himself hundreds of thousands in grants and contracts, but to his students, he is known as a mentor and a guide to success in the field of mathematics.
Banach spaces, or completed normalized vector, were the topic of his doctorates thesis with his own mentor Walter Philipp when he earned his Doctorates of Philosophy in Mathematics from the University of Illinois in 1987. Learn more about James Larkin and Michael Lacey: https://www.math.gatech.edu/people/michael-lacey
Much of his work since graduation has been on the ergodic theory as well as probability, harmonic analysis has been the main focus of his career though. Harmonic analysis has a wide range of uses and is the representation of functions as superimposed basic waves.
Since becoming a Full Professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2001, he has mentored several students including some of the top Assistant Professors in his department.
For his efforts in mentoring assistant professors, he was honored with the Georgia Tech National Science Foundation ADVANCE Mentoring Award in 2012. 10 of the people he has mentored were post-doctorates while many have gone on to leading industry jobs. In addition to mentoring, he also directs National Science Foundation training grants which provide financial assistance to students at all college levels to continue their studies and research.
These awards are known as the VIGRE and the MCTP and these awards have paid for years of post-doctoral studies.
Michael Lacey began his career at Georgia Tech in 1996 as an Associate Professor before advancing to Full Professor, prior to this he maintained an Assistant Professor Position at Indiana University’s School of Mathematics in Bloomington.
It was here that he was awarded the National Science Foundation Post-doctoral Fellowships, the first of many fellowships he would earn during his career.