Maria Prandini received her Ph.D. degree in Information Technology in 1998. She was a postdoctoral researcher at UC Berkeley (1998-2000). She also held visiting positions at Delft University of Technology (1998), Cambridge University (2000), UC Berkeley (2005), and ETH Zurich (2006). In 2002, she became an assistant professor of automatic control at Politecnico di Milano, where she is currently a full professor. She was editor for the IEEE Control Systems Society (CSS) Electronic Publications (2013-15), elected member of the IEEE CSS Board of Governors (2015-17), and IEEE CSS Vice-President for Conference Activities (2016-17).
She is currently IFAC Vice-President Conferences for the triennium 2020-23 and elected IFAC President for the triennium 2026-29. She was program chair of the IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (CDC) 2021. Currently she is is co-general chair of IEEE CDC 2024, and an associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Network Systems and Automatica. In 2018, she received the IEEE CSS Distinguished Member Award. She was elevated to IEEE Fellow in 2020.