Michael Lacey: About

Michael Lacey is a professor in the School of Mathematics at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He has held faculty positions at Georgia Institute of Technology since 1996. He has a PhD in Mathematics from the University of Illinois and previous faculty positions include Assistant Professorships at Louisiana State University, University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill) and Indiana University. At Indiana University (1989-1996) he was awarded a National Science Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellowship to study the bi-linear Hilbert transform.


At Georgia Institute of Technology, Dr. Lacey has mentored many PhD students, directed training grants, and received awards for his own research and teaching (one of his frequently taught courses includes Linear Algebra). His fields of research include Harmonic Analysis and Probability. Dr. Lacey is an expert in pure mathematics. As a member of Math Alliance, Dr. Lacey is working with other experts in the field of mathematics to ensure underrepresented or under-served students with talent and ambition have opportunities to further education (doctoral degrees) in the field of mathematics. Math Alliance works to increase opportunities and funding for students of diverse backgrounds to build strong mathematical skills as undergraduates, pursue graduate degrees, and obtain professional teaching and research positions. Mentors and advocates belong to colleges and schools of mathematics at over 30 universities nationwide.


In 2012, Dr. Lacey became a fellow in the American Mathematical Society. AMS is an association of professional mathematicians who further mathematical research and scholarship. He, along with colleagues, have made significant advancements in central limit theorem, and harmonic analysis. He continues to teach and mentor students.



Louis Chenevert formerly served as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman at United Technologies Corporation, where he retired from in 2014. He is an experienced entrepreneur who has served many companies in a span of about thirty seven years. Louis Chenevert has been given immense credit for exhibiting great skills that have seen huge growth at UTC. The success includes acquiring Goodrich Aerospace which stamped the company’s presence in the business.

Asked about his success, Louis Chenevert says his leadership focus was on engineering and operational talent. This ensured he was working with a team that was dedicated as this style of work encouraged unique ideas that brought profits upon realization. Providing his team with everything they needed was key to ensuring they delivered on results. He is a technology enthusiast, and says he is awed by how it speeds up work that was crucial to the companies development. Given another chance, he says he would focus on internal politics and evaluate how they would affect performance. Teamwork is crucial in overcoming obstacles and ensuring customer satisfaction. It gives you an edge when taking risks and ability to reward them. He notes that his success as an entrepreneur has been centered on open thinking, teamwork and surrounding himself with winners.

Apart from United Technologies Corporation, Louis Chenevert has served in other positions among them, President, Pratt & Whitney, from 1999 to 2006 where he had joined in 1993. He served at General Motors for several years as production general manager of its St Therese operation.

Louis Chenevert graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Université de Montréal. In 2011, he was awarded with a Honorary Doctorate from the University of Montreal. He was also inducted as a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics in 2005. He is on the Board of Directors of Cargill Inc. He is Chairman of the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation, Yale Cancer Center’s Advisory Board and HEC Montreal International Advisory Board.