Matthias Preindl received the PhD degree in Energy Engineering from the Doctoral School of Industrial Engineering at University of Padua, Italy (2014), the MSc degree in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology from ETH Zurich, Switzerland (2010), and the BSc degree in Electrical Engineering (summa cum laude) from University of Padua, Italy (2008).
Dr. Preindl is Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering at Columbia University in the City of New York (since 2016). He is the principal investigator of the Motor Drives and Power Electronics Laboratory (MPlab) and a founding member of the Columbia Electrochemical Energy Center (CEEC). Before joining Columbia University, he was a Sessional Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (2015) and a Post Doctoral Research Associate at the McMaster Institute for Automotive Research and Technology (2014-2015), both at McMaster University, Canada. He was a visiting scholar at University of California, Berkeley, USA (2013), a visiting student at Aalborg University, Denmark (2009), and, he worked in wind power industry as an R&D engineer at Leitwind AG, Italy (2010-2012).
Dr. Preindl is a Fellow of IET and Senior Member of IEEE. He serves as Area Editor (Co-EiC) of IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology and Associate EiC of Springer Nature/China SAE Automorive Innovation. He was the general chair of 2022 IEEE/AIAA ITEC+EATS and is Vice Chair of 2023 IEEE ECCE. He obtained several honors including the FUTURA Award (2016), NSF Career Award (2017), the Masao Horiba Awards honorable mention (2019), Fast Company's World Changing Ideas Awards honorable mention (2022), and VTS Distinguished Lecturer (class 2023). He is the co-recipient of best paper and presentation awards including the IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics best paper award (2019) and the MIT A+B best paper award (2022). His primary research interests are the design and control of power electronic systems with specific focus on energy storage and motor drive systems for electrified transportation, renewable-energy, and smart grid applications.