Michael Thoreau Lacey is a renowned American mathematician known for his research and achievements in the field of mathematics. Lacy received his Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1981. After his studies at the University of Texas, he continued his studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign under the tutelage of Walter Philipp and graduated with a Ph.D. in 1987. While pursuing his Graduate studies, Lacey found a solution to a problem related to the law of the iterated logarithm for characteristic empirical functions. Other graduate work included a thesis in the area of probability in Banach spaces which lead to the solution.
Upon his graduation from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Lacey became an assistant professor at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. While at his postdoctoral positions, he continued to work with Walter Philipp and together, they presented their evidence of the central limit theorem. From 1989-1996, Lacey joined the faculty at the Indiana University in Bloomington as an assistant professor. While teaching at the university, he received a postdoctoral fellowship from National Science Foundation.
In 1996, Dr. Lacey joined the faculty at the Georgia Institute of Technology as a Professor of Mathematics where he currently mentors doctorate and post-doctorate students. In 2004, he received a Guggenheim Fellowship award for joint work with mathematician Xiaochun Li. In 2012, Lacey became a fellow of the American Mathematical Society.
Along with his professorship at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Dr. Michael Lacey also served as a director of training grants from the NSF that support undergraduate and graduate students. These grants include the MCTP and the VIGRE award. His area of expertise is in the field of Pure mathematics with interests in Probability and Harmonic Analysis.