American mathematician Michael Lacey may be known in his field for his astounding discoveries, but to his students and former students, he’s known for the guidance and mentorship he has provided throughout his years as a professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology.
He has mentored dozens of students during his career as a Full Professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology. These students include ten post-doctoral students but also students all the way down to undergraduates.
He directs training grants from the National Science Foundation that have also provided assistance and paid for years of schooling to dozens more mathematics students. 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 earned the Georgia Tech National Science Foundation ADVANCE Mentoring Award for his mentorship of Assistant Professors in his department.
A Ph.D. graduate of the University of Illinois in Mathematics with a B.S. from the University of Texas, his first assistant professor positions were at Louisiana State University and the University of North Carolina.
After those positions, Michael Lacey maintained Assistant Professor at Indiana University from 1989 to 1996 until he began his career at the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Michael Lacey earned tenure with his Associate Professor position in 1998 and became a Full Professor in 2001 for Georgia Tech. He is still with the Georgia Institute of Technology today, but as of 2017, he is also the Associate Chair of Faculty for the Department of Mathematics.
His first post-doctoral fellowship was through the National Science Foundation in 1990 while at Indiana University. During this fellowship, he worked with mathematician Christoph Thiele with the bilinear Hilbert transform and the two earned the Salem Prize for their efforts.
The Salem Prize is prestigious as it has been given to many future Fields Medalists. In 1998, he had the honor of delivering a 45-minute address in Berlin, Germany to the International Congress of Mathematicians.
While Lacey’s most recent fellowship was granted by the American Mathematical Society, he also had earned the Simons Fellow, the Fulbright Fellowship, and the Guggenheim Fellow.