INFINITI today announced that Tucson, Arizona engineering student, Andre Schreiber, was the recipient of the prestigious INFINITI 2019 Engineering Academy Finals award. This unique career opportunity will allow Schreiber to work closely with the INFINITI Technical Center and the Renault F1® Team for six months each, one year collectively.
Since its founding in 2014, the INFINITI Engineering Academy has sought out the most talented engineering students from around the world for a chance to work with INFINITI's engineering division and the world-renowned engineers from the Renault F1® Team. This unique program is the most successful technical recruitment program of its kind, with 50 percent of past winners securing full time roles at either INFINITI or in F1® following their placement. Through the Academy, INFINITI has successfully recruited talented student engineers in the USA for six consecutive years.
The 19-year-old electrical and computer engineering student, Andre Schreiber, was selected by a panel of judges from INFINITI, Renault F1® Team, the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance and Harvard University, ahead of nine other finalists and hundreds of applicants from around the country in an action-packed final at INFINITI Cool Springs in Nashville (TN).
To compete, the students tackled an intensive program designed to evaluate both technical and soft skills, which included an engineering exam, intensive one-on-one interviews, a decision-making challenge designed by Harvard University Professor, Dr. Julia Minson and build a dragster model vehicle. The final challenge tested communication skills with a Q&A session in the form of a press conference with seasoned international journalists.
Schreiber will move to the UK in January 2020 for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity where he will spend six months working at the Renault F1® Team's Technical Center (Enstone) and six months at INFINITI's European Technical Center (Cranfield). Included in the prize package are travel, accommodations, access to a company car and a competitive salary, as well as the opportunity to work with world-leading engineers at the forefront of the automotive and motorsport industries.
"At INFINITI, we believe that human talent is the driving force behind technology," Tommaso Volpe, Director of Global Motorsport & Performance Projects, INFINITI commented. "The Engineering Academy has been incredibly successful; it has allowed us to discover the best emerging talent around the world. In fact, it is no accident that half of our former winners have secured full-time engineering positions in the automotive or in Formula 1™."
"Attracting top new talent is crucial for success in Formula 1™, and the INFINITI Engineering Academy helps us to achieve our goal. It takes a unique talent to flourish in this industry, and the quality, in-depth selection process employed by the INFINITI Engineering Academy enables us to search for the right people efficiently," said Cyril Abiteboul, Managing Director, Renault Sport Racing. "Time is the most precious commodity in Formula One™, knowing the intensive process our new engineering undergraduates have been through before they reach us is very reassuring."
"I feel great! I got to compete against some of the best engineers in the country, and just being able to work with them was a great privilege," Schreiber said, commenting on his win. "I enjoyed it a lot and I am really looking forward to working with both Renault F1® Team and INFINITI."
"New engineering solutions are developed minute by minute in Formula 1™ - Track to road technology is more important than ever. We are training a new generation of engineers, with an important role to play in the crossover between the two industries, while empowering them with a unique program by the largest automotive alliance, Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi", concluded Volpe.
For more information on the INFINITI Engineering Academy or to apply, please visit academy.infiniti.com
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