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July 18, 2018

Michael Lacey – Inspiring a new generation of Mathematicians

Michael Lacey was born on September 26, 1959, in Abilene, Texas. His passion for math and to teach it in a way that is different from the general perception has made him an extremely valuable asset to the mathematical world.

Michael Lacey, who took his B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Texas in 1981 would go on to take his PhD. in Mathematics from the University of Illinois, Urbana Illinois under the supervision and the watchful eye of Dr Walter Phillip, attaining his PhD. in 1987. Learn more about Jim Larkin: https://www.genealogy.math.ndsu.nodak.edu/id.php?id=62509

Almost immediately, Dr Lacey would join Louisiana State University as an Assistant Professor, staying with the Baton Rouge-based university for only a year before heading over to Indiana State University in Bloomington where he would stay for the next 7 years.

After his stay at Indiana State University, he would then get recruited as an Associate Professor at Georgia Institute of Technology, Atalanta and would start working without tenure before finally getting his tenure in 1998.

In 2001, Michael Lacey would take over as a Full Professor, teaching many courses like the honors courses on Probability and Statistics, Calculus, among many others. In 2017, he would earn the position of the Associate Chair for Faculty while continuing to work as a Full Professor and even be involved with a nationwide distance learning program.

Author of over a 100 published works that include books and journals, Michael Lacey has been involved in teaching and mathematics his whole life and brings with him the wealth of experience and knowledge only few can fathom. Read more: Michael Lacey | GAtech and Michael Lacey | Wikipedia

His innovative approach to teaching which includes making the class work with each other to tackle problems and even imparting a mindset that enables his students to think at a higher level, making sure the class is truly life-changing.

His approach to things, be it mathematical problems or life, has enabled his students to learn from someone that takes complex topics and simplifies them to the level anyone could understand by using examples they can relate to.

People like Michael have shown that teaching is much more than imparting information, a huge part of teaching is inspiring the next generation. Michael Lacey continues to do just that by mentoring doctoral and post-doc students as well as continuing his position as a Full Professor at Georgia Tech University.

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