Canadian Student Wins Career with INFINITI

Canadian Student Wins Career with INFINITI
(L-R) Daniel Ricciardo (Renault Formula 1 driver), Matthew Kemp (2019 INFINITI Engineering Academy Canadian winner), and Adam Paterson (Managing Director, INFINITI Canada). (Photo: INFINITI)

INFINITI and Renault F1 Team award Canadian student, Matthew Kemp a unique one-year placement to work them.

INFINITI names 20-year-old Mechanical Engineer student from Calgary, Alberta, Matthew Kemp, as the 2019 Canadian winner of its acclaimed INFINITI Engineering Academy and awards him with an opportunity to work with INFINITI and Renault F1 Team.

The Academy’s global search for engineering talent has resulted with 50% of its past winners securing full-time positions at either INFINITI or F1 following their placement for four consecutive years.

Tommaso Volpe, Director of Global Motorsport & Performance Projects, INFINITI commented, “At INFINITI, we believe that human talent is the driving force behind technology. 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 automotive or in Formula 1.”

Following an intense trackside final at FORMULA 1 PIRELLI GRAND PRIX DU CANADA 2019, ahead of the Grand Prix, Kemp was chosen from amongst seven Academy Engineers by a panel of judges from INFINITI, Renault F1 Team, the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance and Harvard University.

“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,” adds Volpe.

During the competition, students tackled an intensive program designed to evaluate both technical and soft skills, which included an

  • Engineering exam;
  • Intensive one-on-one interview;
  • Decision-making challenge; and
  • Communication skills test with a Q&A during a press conference with Canadian journalists.

Kemp will move to the UK in January 2020 to spend six months working at Renault F1 Team’s Technical Center (Enstone) and another six months at INFINITI’s European Technical Center (Cranfield). The prize package also includes travel, accommodation, a company car, and a competitive salary, and an opportunity to work with world-leading engineers.

Commenting on his win, Kemp said: “I feel incredible; I have learned so much about myself and what it takes to work in motorsport. Going through all the challenges and finishing on top is amazing. Being the youngest, I felt like the underdog, but it has been an honour to compete alongside the nine other finalists. I am very thankful for this opportunity provided by INFINITI and the Renault F1 Team and looking forward to starting my placement in the UK.”

Cyril Abiteboul, Managing Director, Renault Sport Racing, also added: ‘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. 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.”

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