Dr. İlkay Bakırtaş is associate professor of applied mathematics at the Department of Mathematical Engineering, Istanbul Technical University (ITU). She received her PhD degree in mechanics in 2003. She has completed her post-doctoral studies in the University of Colorado at Boulder, USA. She has published 18 research papers in SCI, 4 book chapters, 19 conference proceedings in the fields of perturbation methods, optical solitons and wave collapse in nonlinear optics and water waves. She is the editor of the book “Perturbation Methods with Applications in Science and Engineering” by INTECH. Dr. Bakırtaş is a member of the Scientific Committee of TUMTMK (Turkish National Committee of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics). She was awarded with Dr. Serhat Ozyar, Young Scientist Of The Year Award in 2004, Best PhD Dissertation Award by TUMTMK in 2003.