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 prize 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.