Have you ever wondered why numbers interact the way they do? Professor Michael Lacey is a renowned mathematician who seeks to break down complex mathematical theories into concepts that are easy for the average individual to understand. 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
Dr. Michael Lacey completed his PhD at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is perhaps best-known for his work on the central limit theorem, which states that the addition of two independent variables will tend toward a normal distribution.
He worked on this theory while at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, which was one of his first postdoctoral positions. In 1996, with Christoph Thiele, he solved the bilinear Hilbert transform, and was awarded the prestigious Salem Prize.
Professor Lacey has been a mathematics professor at the School of Mathematics at Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta since 1996. He is currently the associate chair of faculty. He typically teaches courses in linear algebra, calculus, and math theory. Past students have said that his classes are difficult, but Dr. Lacey always takes the time to help students that need support.
Dr. Lacey has been a fellow of the American Mathematical Society since 2012. He has mentored countless undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows towards prestigious academic and teaching careers. His research interests include harmonic analysis – the study of functions as they apply to equations of motion and sound waves – and probability.
Professor Lacey has mentored several students towards National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Fellowships, and has also directed training grants from the NSF, such as the VIGRE award, which seeks to increase the number of people pursuing careers in mathematics.
Professor Lacey is committed to using his expertise to help others pursue a rewarding career in math, as well as increase the number of women and people of color who choose to take on math as a profession.