Bülent Karasözen studied Mechanical Engineering at Berlin Technical University between 1968-1974 and completed his Ph.D. in Systems and Control Theory at the same university in 1982. Since 1982 he has been a faculty member of the Department of Mathematics at Middle East Technical University. Research areas of B. Karasözen include scientific computation, dynamic systems, and optimization. Prof. Karasözen, one of the founder of METU Applied Mathematics Institute, has been the director of the instute since 2012. Apart from these duties, he worked as the head of METU Library between 1993-2007 and he was the chairman of the ANKOS (Anatolian University Libraries Consortium) between 2001-2007, which is the first library consortium in Turkey.