Matthias Preindl


1340 S.W. Mudd
Mail Code 4712

Tel(212) 854-3105

Matthias Preindl is motivated by the potential of electrical engineering to enable green technologies such as electric vehicles and renewable-energy power plants—which, in turn, can reduce CO2 emissions.

Research Interests

Model predictive control, sensorless control, optimization, high-frequency power electronics.

Matthias Preindl (IEEE S'12-M'15-SM'18) 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 Power Electronic Systems at Columbia University in the City of New York since 2020. He joined the Department of Electrical Engineering as Assistant Professor in 2016 and 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 a trainee at the National Research Council (CNR), Italy (2008). Also, he worked in wind power industry as an R\&D engineer at Leitwind AG, Italy (2010-2012).

Dr. Preindl obtained several honors including the NSF Career Award (2017), the FUTURA Award (2016), the Masao Horiba Awards honorable mention (2019), best paper and presentation awards including the IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics best paper award (2019), and a price for outstanding achievements during his studies. 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.


  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, McMaster Institute for Automotive Research and Technology, 2014–2015
  • Visiting Scholar, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 2012
  • Visiting Student, Department of Energy Technology, Aalborg University, 2010


  • Assistant Professor, Electrical Engineering, Columbia University, 2016–
  • Sessional Professor, Computer and Electrical Engineering, McMaster University, Canada, 2015
  • R&D Engineer in Power Electronics and Drives, Electrical Engineering Group, Leitwind AG, Sterzing, Italy, 2010 - 2012


  • CAREER Award NSF, 2017
  • Career Award, Futura Foundation, Italy, 2016
  • PhD Fellowship, University of Padua, 2012 – 2013
  • Postgraduate Fellowship, Bozen, Italy, 2011
  • Prize for Outstanding Achievements During Academic Studies, Bozen, Italy, 2011
  • Best Presentation Award, Conference for MSc Energy Students (CES), Aalborg University, Denmark, 2009
  • Merit Scholarship for Graduate Students, Bozen, Italy, 2009 – 2010
  • Merit Scholarship for Undergraduate Students, Bozen, Italy, 2007, 2008


  • M. Preindl, “A battery balancing auxiliary power module with predictive control for electrified transportation,” IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, vol. PP, pp. 1–1, 2017. doi: 10.1109/TIE.2017.2682030
  • S. Nalakath, M. Preindl, and A. Emadi, “Online multi-parameter estimation of ipm motor drives with nite control set model predictive control,” IET Electric Power Applications, vol. PP, pp. 1–1, 2016. doi: 10.1049/iet-epa.2016.0514
  • Y. Sun, M. Preindl, S. Sirouspour, and A. Emadi, “Unified wide speed range ipm sensorless scheme using nonlinear optimization”, IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, vol. PP, pp. 1–1, 2016. doi: 10.1109/TPEL.2016.2621064
  • L. McCurlie, M. Preindl, and A. Emadi, “Fast model predictive control for redistributive lithium ion battery balancing”, IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, vol. 64, pp. 1350-1357, 2016. doi: 10.1109/TIE.2016.2611488
  • Y. Yang, B. Bilgin, M. Kasprzak, S. Nalakath, H. Sadek, M. Preindl, J. Cotton, N. Schofield and A. Emadi, “Thermal Management of Electric Machines”, IET Electrical Systems in Transportation, vol. PP, pp. 1–1, 2016. doi: 10.1049/iet-est.2015.0050
  • E. Chemali, M. Preindl, P. Malysz, and A. Emadi, “Energy storage and management systems: State-of-the-art review and future trends”, IEEE Journal of Emerging and Selected Topics in Power Electronics, vol. 4, pp. 1117–1134, 2016. doi: 10.1109/JESTPE.2016.2566583
  • M. Preindl, “Robust control invariant sets and lyapunov-based mpc for ipm synchronous motor drives”, IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, vol. 63, pp. 3925-3933, 2016. doi: 10.1109/TIE.2016.2527722
  • B. Bilgin, P. Magne, P. Malysz, Y. Yang, V. Pantelic, M. Preindl, A. Korobkine, W. Jiang, M. Lawford, and A. Emadi, “Making the case for electified transportation”, IEEE Transactions on Transportation Electrification, vol. 1, pp. 4–17, 2015. doi: 10.1109/TTE.2015.2437338