Matt Leevy

Director, IDEA Center Innovation Lab



Matt is currently an Associate Professor of the Practice within the IDEA Center at the University of Notre Dame and serves as the Director of the Innovation Lab ( This 5000 sqft space integrates talented industrial and graphic designers with world-class prototyping equipment to create products, build businesses, and launch dreams. Over his 15-year career at ND, Matt's lab has generated dozens of peer-reviewed manuscripts and been awarded utility six utility patents that have served as cornerstones for the creation of two successful small-business startups that are alive and well today: In Vivo Concepts LLC (1st Source Award, 2014, exiting December 2023), and Irish Woodworks LLC (exited December 2021).

Matt is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (B.S. Bioengineering) and Washington University in Saint Louis (Ph.D. Biophysics), and he 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 design and fabrication, biomedical imaging technologies, and business creation.