Altran and Renault F1 Team Launch the 2010 Altran Engineering Academy

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Altran and the Renault F1 Team launched today the 7th season of a unique competition with a proven track record of bringing young engineering talent into F1: the Altran Engineering Academy.

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Altran and the Renault F1 Team launched today the 7th season of a unique competition with a proven track record of bringing young engineering talent into F1: the Altran Engineering Academy.

It's an age-old conundrum for talented young engineers aiming for a career at the pinnacle of motorsport: “How can I get a job in Formula 1?” Since 2004, the Renault F1 Team and Altran have been providing the answer through the Altran Engineering Academy (AEA), a competition that identifies and rewards technical excellence at graduate level. The prize takes the form of a six-month internship in the Research and Development department of the Renault F1 Team – a genuine opportunity to launch and pursue a career at the highest level of world motorsport.

For 2010, Altran and the Renault F1 Team will offer not one but two internships to the winning finalists. The first will be at the team's chassis development facility in Enstone, UK; the second at its engine development centre in Viry-Châtillon, France. In both cases, the winning student will join the team for a six-month placement that could open the door to a long career in F1. Included in the package is a salary of €6,500, a Renault pool vehicle with a business fuel card and accommodation in a one-bedroom flat. What's more, every finalist will receive a special engraved edition of the recently launched Pilot Watch from Renault F1 Team partner TW Steel to commemorate their achievement.

In order to enter the competition, applicants must be final-year students or recent graduates of a university or prestigious school, who have specialised in science or technology. Entry to the competition takes the form of a 500-word submission describing a technological innovation in one of eight areas related to F1 development: aerodynamics, control systems and electronics, design and analysis, performance engineering, power train energy recovery, materials research and development, transducers and test technology or vehicle dynamics. The focus of the presentation is on how this innovation can improve car performance, and how the student plans to conduct the project over the six-month internship.

The entry period lasts from March 22 to May 28 2010, with the finalists to be announced on June 14 on the official website. The 2010 Altran Engineering Academy will feature representatives from 18 countries that reflect Altran's positioning and international reach. They are organized into 11 global regions, and each region will provide one finalist in the competition. These 11 finalists will present their projects to an expert jury chaired by Robin Tuluie, Head of R&D at the Renault F1 Team, on July 13 2010 at the team's Enstone headquarters. The winning finalists will begin their placements in September 2010.

The Altran Engineering Academy has a proven track record as the launching pad for a career in F1. 2004 winner Mark Caldwell continues to work with the team as a CAD engineer, while other winners and finalists have worked with the team in trackside and factory roles, and continue to do so. The 2009 AEA winner, Helen Makey, triumphed with a presentation on enhancing energy efficiency through moveable aerodynamics. She was the competition's first female winner, and recently had her contract extended to continue working in the team's performance department.

For more information on the 2010 Altran Academy, and for complete details of how to enter the competition, visit the official website at:

Win one of two 6-month paid internships with Altran and the Renault F1 R&D team

Who / What?
The global competition is open to Seniors, Grad students and recent graduates in Science, Engineering
or Technology (see official rules for details)

Keeping energy efficiency top of mind, competitors choose one of the following topics:
Power-train energy recovery
Performance engineering
Design and analysis
Vehicle dynamics
Control systems and electronics
R&D of materials
Transducers and test technology
Vehicle dynamics

With an action plan of 500 words competitors explain how they would improve safety, reliability or performance.

The Prize
One of two 6-month paid internships with the Renault F1 Team R&D department either
in Enstone, UK (chassis) or in Viry-Châtillon, France (engine)
A £6,500 salary
A Renault vehicle with a business gas card
Accommodations in a flat in Oxford or Viry-Châtillon
Daily support from an Altran mentor

Monday March 22 - Competition opens
Friday May 28 - Registration period ends (at 5pm Paris time)
Monday June 14 - Finalists are announced
Tuesday July 13 - Final Presentation in Enstone, UK

How to Apply

More Info
View the Videos:- the 2010 official launch ad: There are two types of students
Helen Makey , Altran Engineering Academy 2009 Laureate shares her experience
Robin Tuluie, Head of R&D at the Renault F1 Team and President of the Altran Engineering Academy Jury comments on last year's edition.

About the Altran - Renault F1 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, quality control and simulation. 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
Created in 1982, Altran operates a global network of consulting firms and is the European leader in innovation & technology consulting. Altran enables organizations of all sizes to create value and improve bottom lines by delivering tomorrow's solutions today. Our model, using cutting edge knowledge and global networks of experts, nurtures innovation and helps each client improve efficiencies locally and internationally. Altran serves clients in most industries across three business lines:

  • technology and innovation consulting,
  • organization and information systems consulting,
  • strategy and management consulting.

In 2009, the Group's revenue reached $2.1 billion with 17,000 professionals serving clients in over 40 countries.
Altran operates in North America through Altran Solutions, Altran Control Solutions, Imagitek and the Prodagio Software suite, Synecticsworld, Arthur D. Little, and Cambridge Consultants. The North American division is led by Patrick Dauga, CEO of Altran Americas.

For more information, contact:
Sophie Koenig, Marketing and Communications Manager, Tel: 617.532.9504

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