He is head of TUBITAK ULAKBIM since 2000 and during his professional career he reached an experience in research networks, IT systems and administration. He has a Ph.D. in High Energy Physics at Middle East Technical University (METU) in Ankara. Dr. Yilmaz was Associate professor at METU and Manas University in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Starting with 1991 he served as technical advisor in TUBITAK and his main field of interest/activity was computer networking for R&D community. He was the coordinator of the three NATO-funded networking projects for Black Sea Riparian countries, Crimea and Turkmenistan.