Matthew Graff
Matthew M. Graff, Ph.D.
Associate
Biomedical Engineering
Warrenville

Dr. Graff’s background is in mechanical engineering with a specialization in robotics. He has used his skillset in experimental design, image processing, mechatronics, automation, printed circuits, and mechanical design for the development of bioinspired robots. Dr. Graff has experience writing software in C, C++, Python, Matlab, LabView, and Mathematica computer languages and is knowledgeable in the use of OpenCV, ROS, QT, SOLIDWORKS, and Eagle CAD software packages. Past projects have ranged from the automation of animal behavioral training to quality control and calibration of advanced prosthetic limbs.

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. Dr. Graff’s work has been featured by numerous media outlets including Discovery News, Animal Planet, and Wired UK.

In addition to his research, Dr. Graff has also served as a teaching assistant for both Experimental Engineering and Fluid Mechanics courses at Northwestern University.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Northwestern University, 2016
  • B.S., Physics, Elmhurst College, 2010
  • A.A., College of DuPage, 2007
  • 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

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
  • A.A., College of DuPage, 2007
  • 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