W. Matthew Leevy

W. Matthew Leevy

Director of ND Innovation Lab, Thesis Adviser of ESTEEM Graduate Program, Imaging Research Associate Professor

University of Notre Dame


Matt is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (B.S. Bioengineering) and Washington University in Saint Louis (Ph.D. Biophysics).

Matt is currently a research associate professor within the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Notre Dame and serves as the Director of the IDEA Center Innovation Lab. This space integrates design, prototyping, and start-up garage assets to drive the creation of parts and assemblies for commercialization, research, and education. Matt also serves as a capstone project adviser within the ESTEEM Graduate Program. Over the past ten years, Matt's lab has generated dozens of manuscripts and been awarded three patents that have served as cornerstones for the creation of two successful small-business startups: In Vivo Concepts LLC (1st Source Award, 2014), and Benefactory Manufacturing and Design LLC. Matt is also a retired Army Reserve Captain with 22 years of total service. Taken together, Matt operates a vibrant, collaborative, and entrepreneurial lab space, with broad experience in object fabrication, biomedical imaging technologies, and business creation.

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