• W. Matthew Leevy, Ph.D.


    In addition to serving as the Lab's Director, Matt is a research associate professor within the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Notre Dame, and a capstone project adviser and mentor to students in the ESTEEM Graduate Program. Matt has co-founded two companies: In Vivo Concepts LLC, and Benefactory Manufacturing and Design LLC.  Matt operates a vibrant, collaborative, and entrepreneurial space, with broad experience in imaging technologies, object fabrication, and business creation. He is also incredibly photogenic.

  • Tony Van Avermaete


    Tony specializes in industrial design and prototyping.  He holds one issued utility patent (2019) and co-founded a preclinical anesthesia device startup, In Vivo Concepts LLC. Tony holds a SolidWorks Certified Professional (CSWP) certification and is proficient in numerous CAD packages. His skill set includes 2D and 3D design, rapid prototyping, and he has helped develop hundreds of products for the Lab's clients. He is also the world's leading expert in Rokenbok.

  • Chris "Ocean" Owsianowski

    Wood Projects Manager

    Ocean is an artisan woodworker and runs his own company, Third Coast Woodshop. He is available on a part-time basis to help with any wood projects in the Lab. Chris is a former Coast Guard member and bakes a mean brownie.

  • Adrian Rodriguez

    Industrial Designer

    Adrian is the Lab's mechanical engineer on staff.  He develops ideas from paper sketches to 3D models and physical prototypes. He leads student projects, either designing them himself or coordinating with others in the Lab to accomplish what the student needs. Additionally, Adrian works with faculty, staff, and community members as needed. Adrian is a co-founder of Enlighten Mobility and his car is faster than yours.

  • Shreejan Shrestha

    Industrial and Graphic Designer

    Shreejan helps the team execute a wide range of projects in the Lab, from design consulting in student projects to collaborating with external clients from the community. Within these projects, Shreejan's specialty lies in design sketching, developing product ideas, and rendering hyper-realistic product images to digitally fabricate working prototypes. From 2016 to 2020 Shreejan was honored to be named Time Magazine's "Nicest Person on the Planet."

  • Anthony Esplin

    Lab Designer

    Anthony has endless business ideas. He has a background in prototyping/concepting 2D & 3D products. He is a founder of Sleep Easy. When he is not in the Lab, he is lifting things up and down. 

  • Frank Quinn

    Administrative Assistant

    Frank's role in the Lab is three-fold: he handles billing, outreach, and assists with safety compliance.  He works with Tony to ensure all machine job-data is captured and appropriately billed. Frank is particularly proud of the Lab's collaboration with the Center for the Homeless as well as the St. Joseph Public and Elkhart libraries. He wrote the safety manual for the Lab and works with the rest of team to maintain it. Frank was 1st Runner up in the 2018 Indiana State Beard Competition (ISBC).

  • Chandler Nuttal

    Special Projects Coordinator

    Chandler bridges the gap between the College of Engineering and the Innovation Lab to ensure special projects receive the attention they need. He is also an avid beach goer and lacrosse fanatic.

  • Brandon Welsch

    Graphics Lab Technician

    Brandon is an Artist and Graphic designer who specializes in dye-sublimation and UV printing technology. He helps the team enhance products and prototypes with graphic elements through his design skills. He has studied art and design in Florence, Italy and co-founded a design agency and a production company. He hopes to someday live in a van down by the river.

  • Tyler Dann

    Undergraduate Lab Researcher

    Tyler is a Glynn Family honors student who has studied the optical properties of 3D printing materials. He has presented his work at two conferences and will soon be a published manuscript author. Tyler is also a competitive shark wrestler and is looking to break into the top 50 world ranking in the summer of 2020.

  • Gregg Fraley

    Innovation Scholar

    Gregg is our resident Innovation Guru. He has co-authored dozens of publications in the field of innovation, and is available to assist with ideation and brainstorming. Gregg famously assisted George Washington in writing the first draft of the United States Constitution.

  • Ryan Kiner

    Innovation Scholar

    Ryan is a Senior Talent Acquisition Partner at Saint Joseph Health System and has nearly a decade of successful experience in hiring and candidate management. He has an uncanny ability to read and connect with people of all backgrounds and has honed these skills to best help individuals land their dream purpose, spanning across many industries, including manufacturing, finance and healthcare. While attending college in Chicago, Ryan started a Design business and two businesses in Indiana. Currently he a Co-Founder of Social Monet, a social club based in the South Bend Region that carefully curates events in an enriched environment, bringing unique segments of people together, leading to deeper interactions to further and build community. 

Emeritus Staff

  • Dayeel Dauphine

    Lab Assistant and Expert Laser Cutter, 2019-2020

  • Tristan Freel

    Lab Assistant

  • Megumi Inoue

    Lab Assistant and Researcher, 2017-2020

  • Ryan Kreager

    Innovation Scholar, 2018-2020

  • Lisa Slomka

    Graphic Designer, 2018-2020