Albert De Vries is currently a professor in the Department of Animal Sciences at the University of Florida. He grew up on a dairy and swine farm near Renswoude in the Netherlands. He went to Wageningen University where he received a BS and MS in Animal Science with a minor in agricultural economics in 1991. In 1995, he came to the US to pursue a Ph.D. in Animal Sciences at the University of Minnesota in St. Paul with a focus on dairy science, applied economics, operations research, and statistics. After graduation in 2001, Albert accepted a faculty position at the University of Florida in Gainesville. He currently teaches two undergraduate dairy courses and advises undergraduate dairy students and graduate students. His research interests are in optimization of culling and replacement strategies, statistical process control, economics of reproduction and genetics, and precision dairy farming. In his extension role, he works with the allied dairy industry and dairy farmers on farm financial management and to apply the results of dairy systems management research. Albert is married to Kim who is a small animal veterinarian. Together they have twin daughters Grace and Karen and four cats. They live near Newberry, Florida.