Sheldon Axler is Dean of the College of Science & Engineering at San Francisco State University.
Axler was valedictorian of his high school in Miami, Florida. He received his AB from Princeton University with highest honors, followed by a PhD in Mathematics from the University of California at Berkeley.
As a Moore Instructor at MIT, Axler received a university-wide teaching award. Axler was then an assistant professor, associate professor, and professor in the Mathematics Department at Michigan State University, where he received the first J. Sutherland Frame Teaching Award and the Distinguished Faculty Award.
Axler received the Lester R. Ford Award for expository writing from the Mathematical Association of America in 1996. In addition to publishing numerous research papers, Axler is the author of five mathematics textbooks, ranging from freshman (Precalculus) to graduate level (Harmonic Function Theory). His book Linear Algebra Done Right has been adopted as a textbook at over 270 universities. Axler is also the author of a Mathematica package for symbolic manipulation of harmonic functions.
Axler has served as Editor-in-Chief of the Mathematical Intelligencer and as Associate Editor of the American Mathematical Monthly. He has been a member of the Council of the American Mathematical Society and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute. Axler currently serves on the editorial board of Springer's series Undergraduate Texts in Mathematics, Graduate Texts in Mathematics, and Universitext.