SIUE Dual Diploma student is valedictorian and commencement speaker
at Istanbul Technical University

Eray Ozturk is one of the most outstanding graduates of SIUE�s dual diploma program in industrial engineering. Eray�s GPA was 4.0 at SIUE and 3.96 at ITU, which placed him first among the 3,000 ITU graduates. ITU asks their valedictorian to give the student address at its common commencement for all its graduates.

Eray was decorated with an ITU high-honor medallion by Rector Muammed Sahin and awarded several prizes from prominent engineering companies. Eray is planning to continue his graduate studies either at Stanford or MIT.

SIUE�s Provost, Ann Boyle, and School of Engineering Dean, Hasan Sevim, attended the commencement, which was held in ITU�s stadium on June 29, 2012. Approximately 2,000 students and 6,000 parents, friends, and loved ones were at the ceremony.

�Eray�s speech was excellent, and moved the audience when he mentioned his classmate Orkan Sipahi, who
passed away in his junior year after a long battle with leukemia� said Dean Sevim.

�Eray Ozturk being the student speaker for ITU�s commencement this year and Duygu Sagiroglu being the SIUE commencement speaker last year are testaments of the high caliber of the dual diploma students� stated Provost Boyle.

Rector Muhammed Sahin was very complimentary of the dual diploma program. �The education our dual diploma students receive at ITU and SIUE is world class. These students will soon be outstanding alumni of both institutions, and we will be proud of them.�

ITU, founded in 1773, is the oldest higher education institution in Turkey, and has more than 100,000 alumni. ITU holds the world record for most accredited engineering programs, with 23 accredited by ABET in 2011.