Joachim Holtz graduated in 1967 and received the Ph.D. degree in 1969 from the Technical University Braunschweig, Germany.
In 1969 he became Associate Professor and, in 1971, Full Professor and Head of the Control Engineering Laboratory, Indian Institute of Technology in Madras, India. He joined the Siemens Research Laboratories in Erlangen, Germany, in 1972. From 1976 to 1998, he was Professor and Head of the Electrical Machines and Drives Laboratory, Wuppertal University, Germany. He is presently Professor Emeritus and a Consultant.
Dr. Holtz has extensively published, among others 10 invited papers in journals. He has earned 11 Prize Paper Awards. He is the coauthor of four books, and holds 31 patents. Dr. Holtz is the recipient of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society Dr. Eugene Mittelmann Achievement Award, the IEEE Industrial Applications Society Outstanding Achievement Award, the IEEE Power Electronics Society William E. Newell Field Award, the IEEE Third Millenium Medal, and the IEEE Lamme Gold Medal. He is a Fellow of the IEEE.
Dr. Holtz is Past Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Industrial Applications Society and IEEE Industrial Electronics Society, Senior AdCom Member of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society, Chair, IEEE Industrial Electronics Society Fellow Committee, and member of the Static Power Converter Committee, IEEE Industrial Applications Society.