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Formula One work opportunity for budding engineers

20 Sep 2013

Mr Webber (far left) together with Prof Seah Kar Heng, Faculty Advisor for the Formula Society of Automotive Engineers competition at the NUS Faculty of Engineering, and students during the garage tour

Prof Lim Seh Chun, Deputy Dean of the NUS Faculty of Engineering with Mr Webber at the launch of the new academy
With the launch of the Infiniti Performance Engineering Academy at NUS on 18 September 2013, two engineering graduates will be gearing up for the rare opportunity to work with the Formula One (F1) team Infiniti Red Bull Racing based in Milton Keynes, UK.

Elaborating on the new academy, Johan De Nysschen, President of Infiniti Motor Company Ltd, said: “The Infiniti Performance Engineering Academy is a unique opportunity for top engineering talents from around the world. They can experience the highest levels of performance and precision in both Formula One and in road car engineering.”

The chosen graduates will gain first-hand experience on the workings behind F1 with Infiniti engineers based at the F1 team’s factory and at Infiniti’s technical centre in Cranfield, UK. During their placements which start in September next year, they will be covered by scholarships which include a salary, accommodation and the use of a car.

To clinch the coveted 12-month stint, applicants will go through a rigorous process involving an assessment of their performance potential and innovative thinking. Candidates who make it to the finals will present their ideas to a panel of senior technical figures from Infiniti and Infiniti Red Bull Racing in July 2014.

Following the national selections across several global regions in May 2014, the winners of the work placements will be announced at the British Grand Prix.

In conjunction with the launch of the academy, students from the Faculty of Engineering at NUS rubbed shoulders with Mr Mark Webber. The world-renowned Infiniti Red Bull Racing driver highlighted the importance of synergy between engineers and race drivers. He also shared his most memorable moments as an F1 driver, including the first time he drove a race car and his first title.