Matthias Preindl


1340 S.W. Mudd
Mail Code 4712

Tel(212) 853-0791

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.

Preindl’s lab focuses on the design and control of power electronics and motor drive systems to achieve high efficiency, low volume/weight, high performance, and cost effectiveness. He worked as an R&D engineer in power electronic and drives at Leitwind AG, Italy, 2010–2012, and frequently collaborates with industry partners on a project basis. Currently, he is collaborating with FIAT Chrysler Automotive (FCA) on electrified drivetrains for hybrid and electric vehicles.

Preindl received a BSc in electrical engineering (summa cum laude) from the University of Padua, Italy, in 2008, an MSc in electrical engineering and information technology from ETH Zurich, Switzerland, in 2010, and a PhD in energy engineering from the Doctoral School of Industrial Engineering at the University of Padua in 2014. At McMaster University, Canada, he was a postdoctoral research associate at the McMaster Institute for Automotive Research and Technology, 2014–2015, and a Sessional Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2015.


  • 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