Infiniti announces 10 Canadian finalists for engineering academy final

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MISSISSAUGA, ONT. – After a three-month global search for the best up-and-coming engineering talent, Infiniti announced July 25 the 10 Canadian finalists for the Infiniti Engineering Academy Canadian national final, to be held in Montreal on July 28.

Launched in Canada for the first time in 2016, the Infiniti Engineering Academy offers seven students the opportunity to secure a year-long placement to work with the Infiniti Motor Company and the Renault Sport Formula One Team.

“Following a comprehensive recruitment process, the very best student engineers from Canada have been carefully chosen to attend the final selection event,” the automaker says.

The 10 Canadian finalists are:
• Raymond Alexander – Ryerson University
• Antonio Badea – Concordia University
• Felix Coutrier-Lamy – McGill University
• Santiago De La Rosa – University of Calgary
• Ian Finlayson – Dalhousie University
• Alexander Grant – Concordia University
• Zeyad Hazem Saleh – McGill University
• Rachel Kendall – University of Manitoba
• Kevin Mazur – University of Manitoba
• Matteo Putt – McGill University

The national final, a high-pressure assessment judged by senior engineers from both Infiniti and the Renault Sport Formula One Team, will see the finalists evaluated on both their technical knowledge and practical skills.

The judging panel for the Canadian final includes Stephen Lester, managing director, Infiniti Canada and Andy Todd, director of body and exterior engineering, Infiniti Technical Centre Europe.

“I’ve had the chance to meet a previous winner of the Infiniti Engineering Academy and the opportunity and experience gained is truly tremendous,” said Lester.

“We’re thrilled that the program is such a success and that this year, one Canadian student will earn this career opportunity of a lifetime.”

The program received 4,108 global registrations, from 44 different countries – a 100 per cent increase from the 2015 edition and almost a 300 per cent increase from its inaugural year in 2014.

“Canadian students have had the opportunity to enter the Academy for the first time this year and have shown that they want to use the Academy to gain vital engineering experience and launch their careers.

“This is due to the unique nature of the placement, which combines work experience in both automotive and Formula One,” said Tommaso Volpe, global director, Infiniti Motorsport.

“The students have taken on real jobs with the team and have been a big asset to us as we continue to strengthen our technical resource,” said Bob Bell, chief technical officer, Renault Sport Formula One Team.

“We are looking forward to welcoming a Canadian student to the Team for the first time this year following the final in Montreal.”

The INFINITI Engineering Academy is Infiniti’s global search for the best and brightest engineering talent to work at Infiniti Motor Company and the Renault Sport Formula One Team.

In an era where automotive and Formula One technologies are growing ever closer, the Academy offers a unique opportunity to train young talents across the two industries.

Selected students will go through an integrated training and mentoring program with world-leading engineers.

The placement includes return travel to the U.K., shared accommodation, a shared Infiniti premium executive vehicle, full salary and all necessary employment processing and permits.