A gifted mathematician, Michael Lacey is a full professor at Georgia Institute of Technology. He received his PhD from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1987. His thesis, under the tutelage of another brilliant mathematician, Walter Philipp, helped solve a decades old problem in Banach spaces. He continued research with Philipp on probability while holding positions at Louisiana State University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 1987-89. In 1996, he moved to Georgia Tech, where he has been mentoring doctoral and pre-doctoral students. He also teaches undergraduate and grad students. His work on harmonic analysis and probability has garnered awards from several mathematics research institutes. In 1997 he was bestowed the Salem Prize jointly with Christoph Thiele. In 2004, he was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship and, in 2012, the Simons Fellowship. The next year he was inducted into the American Mathematical Society in recognition of his contributions to the field of mathematics in all facets.
Imbuing his passion for pure mathematics in students at all levels, Lacey has received rave reviews thanking him for his help, guidance and motivation as well as teaching his students to think at an entirely different level. As the director of VIGRE grants since 2002, he has been funding scores of postdoc and grad students in research and training activities that span the different training missions and research expertise of the school. Starting in 2008, he has used MCTP grants to support undergraduate students with scholarships or for summer research experiences. All these students have moved on to graduate programs across America and Europe.