Dr. Yılmaz graduated from the Department of Civil Engineering of Middle East Technical University, Turkey, in 2001 and received his PhD in Civil Engineering from Pamukkale University in 2007. He is currently an associate professor at the Department of Civil Engineering, İzmir Kâtip Çelebi University, Turkey. Also, Dr. Yılmaz is the founding head of the Department of Civil Engineering and director of Earthquake Engineering Research Center. He was an assistant professor at the Department of Civil Engineering at Pamukkale University, Denizli, Turkey, and research associate at University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Yılmaz provided consultancy for many companies. He has more than 50 research papers published in international journals and has conducted many national-level research projects and was involved in many international projects. His main research areas are seismic performance evaluation and strengthening of structures including material-related problems, urban regeneration, and passive energy design of buildings.