Dr Matthew Priestley

Lecturer in Energy Systems

Dr Matthew Priestley


Telephone:     +61 2 9385 5375

Email:             m.priestley@unsw.edu.au

Room:             314 Electrical Engineering Building


Research Gateway

Dr Matthew Priestley received his Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Electrical Engineering at University of New South Wales (UNSW) in August 2019. He received the Dean’s Award for Outstanding PhD Theses to formally recognize a high-quality Ph.D. thesis produced at UNSW. Matthew obtained his Bachelor of Engineering with Class I Honours (B.Eng.) in Electrical Engineering at James Cook University (JCU) in 2013, where he received the University Medal.

Matthew has also founded a technology start-up company called Motorica with three other UNSW Ph.D. alumni and is in the process of commercializing specialized motor designs and a novel post-failure motor control technology. This company won acceptance into the UNSW Founders 10x Accelerator, (July to Sept. 2018) which is UNSW’s flagship accelerator. Matthew has also worked for a mining consultancy company during Feb. 2014 to Jan. 2015, where he performed electrical power system design, Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) design, equipment commissioning and Variable Speed Drive (VSD) protection duties.

Matthew has a passion for investigating innovative teaching methods to better deliver engineering content to students. He has been involved in the digital uplifting of multiple subjects and has lectured in both online and face-to-face forums.


Academic Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy degree (Ph.D.) in Electrical Engineering from University of the New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney, Australia, 2019.
  • Bachelor of Engineering degree in Electrical Engineering with Class 1 Honours (B.Eng.) from James Cook University (JCU), Townsville, Australia 2013.


Honours and Awards

  • Dean’s Award for Outstanding PhD Theses, UNSW, 2019

  • Industrial Electronics Society (IES) Electrical Machines Technical Committee (EMTC) paper award, 44th Annual Conference IEEE IES (IECON), 2018

  • School of Engineering & Physical Sciences Prize for highest average weighted score in the School of Engineering, JCU, 2013

  • The James Cook University Medal,JCU, 2013



  • Associate Lecturer, UNSW, Jan. 2020 – present

  • Founder of Motorica, Sydney, July 2018 – present

  • Casual academic researcher, UNSW, Sept. 2019 – Dec. 2019

  • Application developer, Education Experience Department, UNSW, Mar. 2019 – June 2019

  • Online course facilitator IIC, UNSW, Nov. 2017 – Feb. 2018

  • Online course content designer, UNSW, Nov. 2016 – May 2017

  • Lab demonstrator and tutor, UNSW, Mar. 2017 – May 2017

  • Graduate electrical engineer, Orana Engineering, Townsville, Feb. 2014 – Jan. 2015


Research Interests

  • Fault-tolerant electric machine drive systems

  • Current control of permanent magnet synchronous machines

  • Health monitoring of electric machine drive systems

  • Electric vehicle traction drive systems

  • Signal amplitude, frequency and phase angle estimation in electrical power systems

  • Renewable energy inverters

  • Electrical engineering teaching methods



  • M. Priestley, M. Farshadnia, and J. E. Fletcher, “FOC transformation for single open-phase faults in the five-phase open-end winding topology,” IEEE Trans. Ind. Electron., vol. 67, no. 2, pp. 842-851, Feb. 2020.

  • M. Priestley, J. E. Fletcher, and C. Tan, “Space-vector PWM technique for five-phase open-end winding PMSM drive operating in the over-modulation region,” IEEE Trans. Ind. Electron., vol. 65, no. 9, pp. 6816-6827, Sept. 2018.

  • M. Priestley, M. Farshadnia, and J. E. Fletcher, “Post-fault FOC transformation matrix for unequal amplitude currents during dual open-phase fault,” in Proc. 44th Annu. Conf. IEEE Ind. Electron. Soc. (IECON), pp. 653-658, Oct. 2018.

  • M. Farshadnia, M. Priestley, and J. E. Fletcher, “Torque ripple suppression for open-end multi-phase PMSMs operating under open-phase faults,” in Proc. 44th Annu. Conf. IEEE Ind. Electron. Soc. (IECON), pp. 731-736, Oct. 2018.

  • M. Priestley, D. Xiao, N. A. M. Said, R. Dutta, and J. E. Fletcher, “Post-fault control strategy for IPMSMs with non-sinusoidal back-EMFs in an open-ended winding configuration,” in Proc. 42nd Annu. Conf. IEEE Ind. Electron. Soc. (IECON), pp. 2879-2884, Oct. 2016.



  • M. Farshadnia, M. Priestley, J. E. Fletcher, “A Machine, Stator and Method for Design and Optimization”, PCT Application, Application No. 2018901960.

  • M. Priestley, M. Farshadnia, J. E. Fletcher, “A Method and System for Facilitating Control of Electric Machines”, PCT Application, Application No. 2018901960.