Michael T. Lacey, a famous mathematician, has made many contributions to mathematics. His work added value to the areas of probability, ergodic theory and harmonic analysis. Lacey received a PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1987.

During this time, he wrote his thesis on Banach Spaces, which addressed and solved a problem regarding the law of iterated logarithm for empirical characteristic functions.

After receiving his doctorate, Lacey taught higher math at various universities. In 1988, he worked at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. During this time, Lacey and Walter Philipp provided evidence to support the Central Limit Theorem.

He then left UNC to teach at Indiana University from 1989-1996. While there, he received the National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship award, which marked the beginning of many accolades to come.

Lacey now teaches at Georgia Tech. He has been there since 1998, and he has taught various math courses such as, Harmonic Analysis, Honors Calculus, Honors Probability and Statistics, Linear Algebra and Weighted Inequalities.

During Lacey’s early years at Georgia Tech, he started his own mentoring programs to help students enter graduate school.

Also, he served as the director over training grants; he directed the Mentoring Through Critical Transition Point in the Mathematical Sciences (MCTP) and the Vertical Integration of Research and Education (VIGRE). Learn more about Michael Lacey: https://www.genealogy.math.ndsu.nodak.edu/id.php?id=62509 and https://www.math.gatech.edu/people/michael-lacey

These grants have financially supported undergraduate and graduate students, and even postgrads, through their learning endeavors.

Lacey is also a member of Math Alliance, which is a national mentoring program designed to help disadvantaged students pursue a doctoral degree.

Most undergraduate students that he has advised have entered the best graduate programs, and his PhD students have landed jobs in their field. Overall, Lacey did more than make research contributions and win awards; he greatly changed students lives through education and mentorship.

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