Michael Thoreau Lacey is a graduate of University of Illinois as a PhD in Mathematics. After graduation his most important work would touch on 3 branches of statistical Physics which were: harmonic analysis, ergodic theory and probability.
Notable Works and Mentions
While at University of North Carolina, he worked with Walter Philip and soon published their proof on central limit theorem. In 1996 he joined Georgia Tech and the Guggenheim and the Simons Foundations have both recognized his research with awards. He plays a valuable role in student grants for undergraduates, post-graduates and postdocs. Two of these grants include VIGRE and MCTP out of NSF. Learn more about Micheal Lacey: https://arxiv.org/a/lacey_m_1.html and http://nyjm.albany.edu/j/2017/23-8.html
What’s most impressive is his mentoring. He is on record for mentoring at least 10 post docs and has also mentored undergraduates who successfully undertook graduate programs. His mentoring has also resulted in PhD students’ successful entry into industry and academic employment.
The Math Alliance
The goal of the Math Alliance of which Michael Lacey is an affiliate, has a notable goal. This goal is to bring access to doctoral degrees to those groups that are largely underrepresented. This is breaking what has been traditionally put in place to exclude these groups.
One of the over arching reasons for this organization and an integral part of the Math Alliance is the promotion and preservation of diversity in the mathematical academic community. Read more: Michael Lacey | GAtech and Michael Lacey | Wikipedia
This would bring more extensive doctorate and PhD programs to areas that would ordinarily not be considered or would be overlooked. This builds a stronger mathematical community.