Frank Sottile graduated with an honors degree is mathematics and physics from Michigan State Univesity in 1985. He was a Churchill Scholar and received a masters degree (Maths part III) from Cambridge University in 1986. His PhD was in mathematics from the University of Chicago in 1994. After postdoctoral appointments in Toronto, the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (twice), and Wisconsin, he was on the faculty at the University of Massachusetts, and finally moved to Texas A&M University in 2004, where he is a full professor of mathematics. He held a CAREER award, is a fellow of the American Mathematical Society, and was the founding chair of the SIAM activity group on algebraic geometry. His research interests include real, computational, and combinatorial aspects of algebraic geometry, applications of algebraic geometry, Schubert calculus, and algebraic combinatorics.