INFINITI Engineering Academy 2018 Canadian winner crowned

Engineering student Chase Pelletier earned his title as the Canadian final winner of the 2018 INFINITI Engineering Academy, securing a highly coveted and exclusive opportunity to work in automotive and Formula One™ with INFINITI and Renault Sport Formula One™ Team. The 22-year-old UOIT student from Brampton, Ontario was selected from thousands of applications.

From left to right: Carlos Sainz (Renault Sport Formula OneTM driver), Chase Pelletier (2018 INFINITI Engineering Academy Canadian winner) and Tomasso Volpe (global motorsport director, INFINITI).

The INFINITI Engineering Academy is INFINITI’s global search for bright engineering talent to work across automotive and Formula One™. It is the only recruitment program of its kind in the world, bringing an array of young, diverse and fresh thinking engineering talent who will gain first-hand knowledge and experience working alongside seasoned automotive and racetrack engineers in the exciting world of Formula One™.

After an action-packed event held trackside at the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve in Montreal ahead of the 2018 Canadian Formula One™ Grand Prix last weekend, a panel including judges from INFINITI, Renault Sport Formula One™ Team and decision science experts from Harvard University declared Chase Pelletier the winner.

Competing against nine other finalists from all over Canada, Pelletier demonstrated to be a worthy winner. He tackled the numerous tests involved in the final event, including an engineering exam, one-on-one interviews with the judges, a dragster car build, challenges especially designed for the occasion by a team from Harvard University and by Renault Sport Formula One™ Team. He also faced media in a tough Q&A session where journalists from different industries evaluated his communication skills.