Michael Lacey: Mentor of Future Professors

Michael Lacey: Mentor of Future Professors

Full Professor and Associate Chair for Faculty at the Georgia Institute of Technology’s School of Mathematics, Michael Lacey, is known for his research and mentoring as well as his teaching. When he began mentoring undergraduate students who had plans to go to graduate school, there was no structure in which to do this. Read more:

With his efforts and participation, he has encouraged other members of the faculty to mentor undergraduates. Throughout the years he has mentored ten post-doctoral students and dozens of other students. His mentoring of Assistant Professors earned him the Georgia Tech NSF-ADVANCE award for mentorship in 2012.

Michael Lacey has given presentations on mathematics to institutions around the world. Some of these countries include Australia, Austria, France, Spain, and Germany. In 2008 he was offered a Fellowship out of Buenos Aires, Argentina. This was a three-month research and teaching award called the Fulbright Fellowship. In 1998, Lacey had the honor of delivering a 45-minute address to the International Congress of Mathematicians in Germany.

Born on September 26, 1959, Michael Lacey earned a Bachelors of Science from the University of Texas at Austin. After earning his bachelors in 1981, he continued his education at the University of Illinois at Urbana and earned his Ph.D. in Mathematics in the year 1987. His thesis was on Banach spaces, which is a completely normed vector space. Mathematician Walter Philipp mentored Lacey through his doctorates.

Previous to Georgia Tech, Lacey taught at Indiana University at Bloomington from 1989 to 1996. He maintained the position of Assistant Professor during his time at Indiana University. In the 2 years after receiving his Ph.D., he attained Assistant Professor at Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Lacey didn’t become a Full Professor at Georgia Tech until 2001, from 199 until then he was an Associate Professor without and with tenure.

Many of his mentored students personally accredit Lacey for their success in school and in the industry. Lacey will continue leading efforts to ensure students who want to pursue mathematics at Georgia Tech can take their education as far as they want to.

Learn more about James Larkin and Michael Lacey:

https://www.math.gatech.edu/people/michael-lacey and https://www.genealogy.math.ndsu.nodak.edu/id.php?id=62509

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