Matt Leevy

Director, IDEA Center Innovation Lab



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 an associate research 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, fabrication, and makerspace assets to drive the creation of parts and assemblies for commercialization, research, and education.  Matt also serves as a capstone thesis adviser and mentor within the ESTEEM Graduate Program. Lastly, Matt leads an independent laboratory of talented staff, post-docs, and undergraduates with research centered at the interface of 3D printing technology and biomedical imaging, with funding through industry partnerships.  During the past four years, Matt's lab has generated numerous manuscripts and patent submissions 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 laboratory, with broad experience in imaging technologies, object fabrication, and business creation.