Michael Lacey is a highly sought after mathematician due to his ability to push the boundaries of mathematics. He is one of the most influential mathematicians in the United States of America and has received several awards because of his work. He is a fellow at the American mathematical society and has been since the year 2012. He is also recognized for his influence by the Simon foundation.
Perhaps the greatest achievement he has is receiving a Guggenheim grant. This happened in 2004 because he had been productive in the area of the arts. These grants are often given out to professionals who are partly through the career. This means they have to already prove that they will make a difference in the world by changing the way we think. This grant money is given to professionals so that they can take time away from their normal work and pursue groundbreaking research. Michael Lacey received a $42,000 grant after he was one of 200 applicants who were chosen that year. Considering the only 5% of people who apply get the grant this is indeed quite a feat. On top of that, the Guggenheim fellowship grant has been given to prestigious people such as Pulitzer Prize winners, presidential nominees, and Nobel laureates.
Michael Lacey currently teaches at the Georgia Institute of Technology and has been doing so since late 1990s. Here, he is a professor in the mathematics department where he oversees the doctoral program for many students. Dozens of people applying every year to have him mentor them as they continue to work on their dissertations.
He is the lead professor and teaches linear algebra and calculus one and two. The students are very vocal about difficult his classes are. Many of them understand that when they take his class he is going to push the boundaries of their thinking and cause them to view mathematics in a new light. This means that many of them will only get B’s in class. However the trade-off is receiving the wisdom necessary to become a genius in the areas of complex mathematics.