Infiniti Red Bull Racing is currently Formula One's most successful team, having won both the Drivers' Championship and the Constructors' Championship for the last four years. HKUST is therefore immensely pleased to have entered into a cooperation agreement with Infiniti Motor Company Limited that will offer top engineering students the opportunity to gain experience with Infiniti Red Bull Racing through the new Infiniti Performance Engineering Academy.
On hand at the signing ceremony in October 2013 were Infiniti Red Bull Racing Formula One team ambassador Mr David Coulthard, Infiniti Formula One Global Director Mr Andreas Sigl, HKUST Vice-President for Institutional Advancement Dr Eden Y Woon and Dean of Engineering Prof Khaled Ben Letaief. Engineering students also engaged in discussions with the Formula One team at the event.
HKUST is the only university in Hong Kong to be a part of this global talent search, and one of a handful in Asia. Students will be able to participate in the global selection process for the Academy. Two winners chosen from the shortlisted candidates from around the world will enjoy a year-long internship, split between Infiniti Red Bull Racing and Infiniti's European Technical Center in the UK.
Speaking at the ceremony, Dr Woon commented: "This is a great acknowledgement of the University's world-class education and research, and high-flying engineering students. We hope to work closely with Infiniti on research and applications related to racing and road car technologies, and develop other programs to advance our students' professional knowledge and skills." It is envisioned that there will be opportunities to develop further cooperation.