A joint doctorate protocol was signed between ITU and RWTH Aachen. Within the scope of this academic and scientific cooperation, our student in ITU Graduate School Metalurgical and Materials Engineering PhD program, Elif EMİL KAYA, MSc., will conduct her PhD studies  under the supervision of Prof. Dr.-Ing. Bernd FRIEDRICH and Prof. Dr. Sebahattin GÜRMEN. At the completion of her PhD thesis, Elif EMİL KAYA could both get  Dr.-Ing. and PhD titles from both universities.