İsmail Yüksek, who was born in Çaykara Maraşlı Village in Trabzon in 1963, graduated from Maraşlı Köyü Primary School in 1977, from Beykoz Ziya Ünsal Secondary School in 1977, and from Paşabahçe Maraşlı Köyü Highschool in 1980. Upon completing his undergraduate studies at Yildiz Technical University in 1984, he got his masters degree in 1987 and doctorate degree in 1995 at the same university.
He worked as a research assistant between 1986-1994, as a teaching assistant between 1995-1996, as an assistant professor between 1996-1999, as an associate professor between 1999-2005 at Yildiz Technical University, and he continued to serve as a professor doctor there from 2005 to 2016.
İsmail Yüksek completed his military service between 1987-1988 as a supervising engineer in the Department of Estate and Construction at the Ministry of Defenseand acted as the Consultant of the Istanbul Chamber of Industry in 1999 and as the Vice Chairman of the Turkish Association of Engineers between 1999 and 2006. Among the administrative duties of İsmail Yüksek have been the Chairmanship of the Department of Mechatronics Engineering (2007), the Chairmanship of the Department of Machine Theory, System Dynamics and Control (2006-2007), Membership of the Faculty Board (2007), Associate Deanship of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering 2003-2005), Vice Presidency of the Department of Mechanical Engineering (2003-2004), Membership of the Faculty Board of Mechanical Engineering (2004-2006), Membership of the Faculty Board of the Department of Mechanical Engineering (2004-2006), Consultancy at KOSGEB 2004-2008), Membership of the Field Committee of TÜBİTAK-MAKİTEG (2008-2010) and Refereeing at TÜBİTAK-MAKİTEG (2005-2008). Yüksek held office as a member of the Science Board of TUBİTAK between the 12th of September 2011 and 2014, and was a member of the Board of TÜBİTAK MAM between 2013-2016. İsmail Yüksek also worked on a research project on Vehicle Vibrations at Milano Polytechnic with a scholarship granted by the Italian Government between 1994-1995and carried out his post-doctorate studies at JST, Mechanical Engineering Laboratory with a scholarship granted by the Japanese Ministry of Industry between 1999-2000.
İsmail Yüksek gives undergraduate lectures in Machine Dynamics I, Machine Dynamics II, Automation, Computer-Aided Drawing and the Usage of Basic Computer Technologies, as well as giving postgraduate lectures in Vibration Isolation, System Dynamics and Control and the Active Control of Vehicle Vibrations. He has numerous national and international publications.
Prof. Dr. İsmail Yüksek acted as the Rector of Yildiz Technical University between August 2008-2016.
After his term of office as Rector ended, he was appointed as the consultant of the Minister of Science, Industry and Technology.
On the 22nd of December, 2016, the President of the Republic, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan appointed Prof. Dr. İsmail Yüksek as the Rector of Antalya International University.
İsmail Yüksek is married with three children and has advanced knowledge of English.