Infiniti Performance Engineering Academy Begins College Tour - Coming To Your School?
The Infiniti Performance Engineering Academy kicked off its college tour in Nashville, Tennessee and plans to hit all of the leading engineering colleges in the United States. Every year, the Academy looks for qualified and enthusiastic engineering students who wish to work in automotive and gives them a chance to work with the Formula One team, Infiniti Red Bull Racing, for a year.
Students gain real-world experience working at the pinnacle of automotive and motorsport engineering. The first leg of the tour began on April 23 at Cornell University. It will be at the University of Southern California on April 30 and then Texas A&M on May 4.
At each university, engineering students will be invited to attend special on-campus information sessions to learn about the program and how to apply. After, students can attend an evening reception where they can meet one-on-one with Infiniti executives, university engineering faculty and Formula SAE representatives.
At USC, Allyson Witherspoon, Infiniti's director of Marketing Communications and Media, will discuss the program alongside the 2014 IPEA winner, USC student and Formula SAE Team Lead Jason Zide. He will share his first-hand experience of the program for students looking to apply.
"This is a rare opportunity for aspiring engineers to gain experience in the notoriously difficult and competitive world of automotive engineering," said Witherspoon. "It's also a fantastic chance for Infiniti and Infiniti Red Bull Racing to meet with the next generation of exceptional engineers and start discussions about the future of road cars and race cars simultaneously."
The best applicants are then put through regional finals to work as teams to find winners. Those winners then enter the Infiniti Performance Engineering Academy as paid interns in one of five available positions. Those students then spend eight months with Inifniti Red Bull Racing and four months with Infiniti in automotive road car design.