Mathematics is an interesting field. However, the opinion differs from one person to the next. For some, Mathematics is strenuous and tortures the brain. But for others, such as Michael Lacey, mathematics is a walk in the park. Michael is a mathematician that has proved that there is no problem without a solution.
Into the life of Michael, his passion in the field drove him to attend the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he received his Ph.D. Michael Lacey specializes in the field of pure mathematics. His research interests have revolved around probability, harmonic analysis, and ergodic theory. While at the University of Illinois, Michael did a thesis in Banach spaces. The thesis resulted in Michael solving the law of iterated logarithm.
Today Michael Lacey is a member of the Georgia Tech Faculty. He has been at the Georgia Institute of technology since 1996. Here, he is a professor of mathematics and mentors doctoral and pre-doctoral students.
Prior to his current employment, Michael worked at Indiana University from 1989-1996. He has also held a position at the Louisiana State University and the University of North Carolina where he spread his knowledge to students and worked with the likes of Walter Philipp.
Michael Lacey’s accomplishments are indisputable. He has been awarded several awards by Simons Foundation and Guggenheim foundation for his publications. Michaels ability to work with others in the field to provide a better understanding of mathematical equations and laws have earned him fellowships such as the National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship. Michael together with Christoph Thiele holds the Salem prize award for exemplary work to solve the Hilbert transform.
Since mathematics is in his blood, Michael inspires other students through grants. He is the director of the MCTP and VIGRE, training grants that have held hands with many undergraduates, graduates, and postdocs. Michael’s insights have helped more than 10 postdocs who have gone ahead to do well in their careers. His mentorship aims at strengthening the young mathematicians to keep going even if the going gets tough.
Michael understands the challenges faced in the mathematics field. The notion of mathematics is a tough subject and the constant stigmatization that mathematicians face are not new to him. To get past all these and improve the mathematical field, Michael Lacey’s mentorship doors are opened to all willing to advance in the field. Michael’s works and publication continue to be used by students all over the world.