Dr. İlkay Bakırtaş is working as a Professor of applied mathematics at the Istanbul Technical University (ITU), Department of Mathematics. She received her Ph.D. degree in Mechanics from ITU in 2003. She completed her postdoctoral studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder, USA. She has published 18 research papers in peer-reviewed journals in SCI, 4 book chapters, 21 conference proceedings in the fields of perturbation methods, nonlinear wave propagation in arteries, optical solitons and wave collapse in optics and water waves problems. She is the editor of the books "Perturbation Methods with Applications in Science and Engineering” and "Nonlinear Optics - From Solitons to Similaritons" by IntechOpen. Dr. Bakırtaş is a member of the Scientific Committee of TUMTMK (Turkish National Committee of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics).