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Michael Thoreau Lacey, the Mathematician

Michael Lacey is a math professor at Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech). He joined the faculty in 1996. During his tenure there, he has received several awards for his Math endeavors including the Guggenheim and the Simons Foundations.

Part of his work at Georgia Tech is as the director of training grants, like the VIGRE (grants for the vertical integration of research and education) and MCTP (mentoring through critical transition points in Mathematical science) awarded by the National Science Foundation. These awards from the National Science Foundation have supported dozens of undergraduates, graduate students and postdocs.

His has advised undergraduates and PhD students have went on to leading graduate programs and accepting academic and industry jobs. To date he has mentored more than 10 postdoctoral students. Read more: Michael Lacey |Math Alliance and Michael Lacey | Wikipedia

His research interests include harmonic analysis and probability. Harmonic analysis is the use of functions or signals translated into basic waves; essentially, it is the mathematical process of analyzing periodic or recurring phenomena. Probability is as the name implies, the study of which is to quantify the probability of an event.

Michael Thoreau Lacey studied mathematics and received his PhD at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1987. He held two postdoctoral positions. The first was at Louisiana State University and the second was at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 1989 to 1996. Learn more about Michael Lacey: https://www.math.gatech.edu/people/michael-lacey and https://www.genealogy.math.ndsu.nodak.edu/id.php?id=62509

He then became a mathematics professor at Georgia Tech. In 2004, in became a joint recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship for work his work on “Singular integrals on smoothly varying lines”. In 2012, he became a fellow of the American Mathematical Society. He is also a member of the Mathematics Genealogy Project that includes mathematician who have significantly added to research-level mathematics.

Michael Lacey was born on September 26, 1959. He has used his appreciation for mathematics a life-long pursuit. He, himself studied the subject for decades and now he mentors other students to do similar and even greater things with their mathematical knowledge and skills.