Dr. İlkay Bakırtaş is a Professor of Applied Mathematics in the Department of Mathematics, Istanbul Technical University (ITU), Turkey. She received her Ph.D. in Mechanics from ITU in 2003. She completed her postdoctoral studies at the University of Colorado in Boulder, USA. She has published eighteen research papers, four book chapters, and twenty-one conference proceedings in the fields of perturbation methods, nonlinear wave propagation in arteries, optical solitons and wave collapse in optics, and water wave problems. She has also edited two books. Dr. Bakırtaş is a member of the Scientific Committee of the Turkish National Committee of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (TUMTMK). She received the 2004 Serhat Ozyar Young Scientist of The Year Award and the 2003 Best Ph.D. Dissertation Award from TUMTMK.