Dr. Ruurd Zijlstra is Professor and Chair in the Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science at the University of Alberta. He was born and raised in The Netherlands where he completed a M.Sc. degree at Wageningen University. In 1996, he completed a Ph.D. at the University of Illinois and was first for 8 years at Prairie Swine Centre as Research Scientist – Nutrition. He has produced 123 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals on nutrition topics. His current research program is focused on unique aspects of carbohydrate nutrition, nutritional quality of co-products, and feed quality evaluation techniques.