Linda Barton received her BS in physics from MIT, where she worked for several years at the Francis Bitter National Magnet Lab on optical properties of semiconductors in high fields. She completed her PhD in physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, with thesis work on critical phenomena of dilute ferromagnets. Following graduate school, she spent nearly a decade at the research labs of Eastman Kodak, where she worked on development of magnetic materials for magnetic recording. In 1996 she joined the faculty at Rochester Institute of Technology in the School of Physics and Astronomy. At RIT, she has focused her teaching efforts on development of intensive upper level laboratory training for undergraduate physics majors, and implementation of senior capstone research for all physics majors. She maintains an experimental research effort in novel magnetic materials, staffed solely with undergraduates.