Barbara Staudt Lerner recieved a B.S. in Mathematics and Computer Science from Moravian College in 1981. After a brief, one year encounter with industrial software development, she saw the light, returned to graduate school, and received a PhD in 1989 in computer science from Carnegie Mellon University. She was then a research assistant professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and an assistant professor at Williams College. Currently, she is a visiting associate professor at Mt. Holyoke College.