Matthew Graff

Matthew M. Graff, Ph.D.

Senior Associate
Biomedical Engineering & Sciences
Warrenville
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Dr. Graff specializes in test method development and experimental evaluation of medical devices during the various stages of the product’s life cycle. This includes pre-market development and regulatory support as well as post-market testing and claim substantiation. Most commonly, his responsibilities include review of legacy experimental methods, generation/documentation of new experimental methods, fixture design, measurement software development, data collection, and analysis. Examples from Dr. Graff’s project portfolio include electromechanical systems, flow resistance and bubble point testing of components, wound care products, lyophilized drug reconstitution devices, blood pressure monitors, oral irrigation devices, incontinence products, and barrier contraceptives. In addition to his experience with medical devices, Dr. Graff has also worked with a number of consumer products, including evaluation of household cooking appliances, furniture stability testing, and human factors testing of consumer electronics.

Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Graff was a research assistant in the Neuroscience and Robotics Laboratory at Northwestern University where he designed and built biomimetic flow sensing robots. His research focused on assessing the abilities of animals to sense flow, measuring their biological sensory structures, and replicating their abilities through the construction of novel flow sensors. A number of media outlets including Discovery News, Animal Planet, and Wired UK have featured Dr. Graff’s work.

Dr. Graff has a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Northwestern University and a B.S. in Physics from Elmhurst College.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Northwestern University, 2016
  • B.S., Physics, Elmhurst College, 2010
  • Faculty-Student Summer Collaboration Stipend Grant, 2009

    Transfer Academic Achievement Scholarship, 2007

    Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society Scholarship, 2007

    Kiwanis Club of LaGrange R. Kent Schneider Award, 2005

Publications

Emnett H, Graff MM, Hartmann MJZ. A Novel Whisker Sensor Used for 3D Contact Point Determination and Contour Extraction. Proceedings of Robotics: Science and Systems, June 2018

Belli HM, Bresee CS, Graff MM, Hartmann MJZ. Quantifying the three-dimensional facial morphology of the laboratory rat with a focus on the vibrissae. PLOS One, April 2018

Graff MM, Yu YSW, Man YB, Bresee CS, Hartmann MJZ. Whiskers aid anemotaxis in rats. Science Advances, August 2016

Yu YSW, Graff MM, and Hartmann MJZ. Mechanical responses of rat vibrissae to air currents. Journal of Experimental Biology, January 2016.

Thesis

Graff, MM. Mechanisms of Whisker Based Flow Sensing, Ph.D. Thesis, Northwestern University. ProQuest/UMI, 2016 (Publication No. 10160640.)

Prior Experience

Research Assistant, Mechanical Engineering, Neuroscience and Robotics Laboratory, 2010-2016

Engineering Intern, Robotics, HDT Global, 2015

Research Assistant, Physics, Biological Information Transduction and Sensing Laboratory, 2007-2010

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Northwestern University, 2016
  • B.S., Physics, Elmhurst College, 2010
  • Faculty-Student Summer Collaboration Stipend Grant, 2009

    Transfer Academic Achievement Scholarship, 2007

    Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society Scholarship, 2007

    Kiwanis Club of LaGrange R. Kent Schneider Award, 2005