Professor Michael Lacey: Teaching with Futurama

Michael Lacey is an advanced math teacher and mentor for doctoral and pre-doctoral math students. He is probably best known to the general public for being the professor that gives a math lecture using Futurama as a theme. This lecture has gotten Lacey some article write ups and a YouTube video of his presentation can be easily found.

Lacey was born on September 26th, 1959. He graduated with his Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1987. His thesis was in the area of probability in Banach spaces which also solved a problem with the law of the iterated logarithm for empirical characteristic functions. Learn more about Michael Lacey: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=CVXnps0AAAAJ&hl=en and https://mathalliance.org/mentor/michael-lacey/

He was mentored was Walter Philipp with whom he once presented their proof of the almost certain central limit theorem while at his first postdoctoral position at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Also having held positions at Louisiana University and at Indiana University, Lacey now teaches at the Georgia Institute of Technology where he has been a professor since 1996. He manages several educational grants and offers his mentoring services to pre-doctoral and doctoral students in mathematics.

He has mentored over 10 postdoctoral students and has mentored dozens of doctoral students who have gone on to become teachers and professionals in the field of mathematics themselves. Read more: Michael Lacey | Wikipedia and Michael Lacey | GAtech

Lacey’s courses include M4305 and M3225. His syllabuses are online as is much of his lecture material. You can also find his more than 30 papers he has authored or co-authored during his career.

A perusal of his “student comments” page shows a tough teacher with a sense of humor. Many of the reviews are insulting or sarcastic and make clear that his subjects are very difficult to master.

His accolades include a Postdoctoral Fellowship from the National Science Foundation studying the bi-linear Hilbert transformation, which was solved in 1996 by Lacey and Christoph Thiele.

Lacey also received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2004 for work he collaborated with Xiaochun Li and he was named a Fellow of the American Mathematics Society in 2012. His work has touched on many complex areas of mathematics.