Engineering student Raoul Al Samarani has won the career opportunity of a lifetime to work with INFINITI and Renault F1 Team, after being crowned as the Middle East’s winner of the INFINITI Engineering Academy 2019 final.

The 22-year-old mechanical engineering student from Lebanon was selected by a panel of judges from INFINITI, Renault F1 Team, the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance and Harvard University, ahead of nine other finalists and hundreds of applicants from around the Middle East in an action-packed final at the Al Masaood INFINITI Showroom in Abu Dhabi.

To compete, students tackled an intensive program designed to evaluate both technical and soft skills, which included an engineering exam, intensive one-to-one interviews, a decision-making challenge designed by Harvard University Professor Dr. Julia Minson and build a dragster model vehicle.

The final challenge tested communication skills with a Q&A session in the form of a press conference with seasoned international journalists.