Altran Engineering Academy: motivated automotive engineers race for the prize from March 1st to June 1st 2007
Because you never change a winning team, the Altran Engineering Academy is hanging on to its successful formula for its fourth season. Like the three young champions who came before, the future winner of the Altran Engineering Academy will join the R&D department of the ING Renault F1 Team for a six-month work placement in September 2007. Before that happens, the winner will go through a rigorous selection process, from submitting an application (deadline: June 1st) to the Final Presentation on July 30th in Enstone, UK.

Participating in this competition, which every year attracts hundreds of young applicants from the best universities and schools worldwide, gives them a chance to share a thirst for challenge with Altran and the ING Renault F1 Team. While Formula 1 is primarily a sport with broad appeal, it also provides an excellent opportunity to demonstrate the technological expertise of the ‘‘people behind the scenes’’ – the mechanics and engineers – who work in tandem with drivers to achieve maximum performance.

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For six months, the lucky winner will experience a fascinating adventure. The sports, human and technological challenges will be the driving force of a team highly motivated after two triumphant years, during which the Renault F1 Team won two world championships in both 2005 and 2006.

Candidates can enter from March 1

Applicants must be last-year students or recent graduates of a university or prestigious school specialising in science or technology. To enter the competition, candidates must submit a project, describing in 500 words a technological innovation in one of the following eight Formula 1 disciplines: aerodynamics, power-train, race and test engineering, design and analysis, vehicle dynamics, control systems and electronics, R&D of materials, transducers and test technology. The winner will be selected from a field of nine finalists from around the world;

Twenty-six countries are represented this year, reflecting Altran’s positioning and international reach:

- Region 1: Austria, Germany, Switzerland

- Region 2: Brazil

- Region 3: Spain

- Region 4: Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Poland, Romania

- Region 5: Italy

- Region 6: China, Singapore, India, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong

- Region 7: United Kingdom, Ireland, United States, Canada,

- Region 8: France

- Region 9: Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Scandinavia

st till June 1st on the official website atwho will present their projects this summer to a jury of experts chaired by Robin Tuluie, the ING Renault F1 Team’s R&D manager, at the team’s Enstone facilities.

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Altran - ING Renault F1 Team technological partnership

How do we respond to changes in engine regulations; how do we improve the chassis’ aerodynamic performance? High-level expertise is required in so many different fields. Altran has been supporting the Renault F1 Team since 2002, providing talented engineers in a variety of specialities, including computation, information technology, electronics, logistics and quality control. They contribute their skills to chassis in Enstone, UK, and to engines in Viry-Châtillon, near Paris. The Altran experts are driven not only by the human and sporting adventure, but by the technological challenge as well.

About Altran

Altran is the European leader in innovation consulting and high technology. The Group’s 17,000 consultants, operating worldwide, cover the entire range of engineering specialities, including electronics, information technology, quality and organisation. Altran offers its clients ongoing support throughout the innovation cycle, from technology watch, applied basic research and management consulting to industrial systems engineering and information systems. The Group provides services to most industries, including the automotive, aeronautics, space and telecommunications sectors.

Founded in 1982, Altran operates in 20 countries. In 2006, it generated a turnover of €1,495.6 million.

Béatrice GermainThe first competition, launched solely in the United Kingdom, was a great success. Five finalists were selected out of 1,400 candidates. The winner, Mark Caldwell of Brooklands College, fitted in perfectly with the team of well-known scientists and engineers who work at the Enstone site. He ended up being hired by the Aerodynamics Group as a CAD designer.2005: Altran Engineering Academy goes global

The second competition, expanded to 26 countries, attracted more than 54,000 visitors to the official website. After the first round, 350 candidates were selected, then each region picked a finalist. The Final Presentation took place in Enstone amid the Renault F1 Team facilities, where the young Spaniard Isaac Prada emerged victorious. His initial six-month contract was extended by two months so that he could continue the research he had begun following the project presented during the final round. He has since returned to school to study for a Master’s degree. To be continued…2006: Altran Engineering Academy shifts into high gear

For its third competition, the AEA benefited from its growing reputation and the excellent performance achieved by French team. At the end of a superior final round, a young Swede pulled ahead of his rivals, who hailed from all over the world. Gustav Kristiansson is currently finishing up his six-month work placement – with stars in his eyes!