KSF Labs is the virtual/real workshop(s) and nom de tech of electronics engineer Ken McGary (that’s me, kensanfran). I have been tinkering with circuits since my grade school days, and I have the soldering scars to prove it!

After graduating from Murray State University with a BSEET degree in 1984, I worked for General Dynamics in Fort Worth, TX for about three years, then headed west to San Francisco. I helped develop and manufacture diagnostic ophthalmic equipment for Humphrey Instruments in San Leandro until 1994. I then consulted for a few years for various clients, including DiCon Fiberoptics. In 1998, I became a Specialist at UCSF, and ran the Dept. of Physiology Electronics Shop there for 13 years.

Now I am available as a consulting or contract engineer. Get in touch to chat about your technical problems and requirements, no strings attached. Hire me by the hour as a consultant or contractor, I also consider fixed-cost contracts for very well-defined projects. If you require an instrument or gadget that might also be useful to others, an open-source hardware project might be called for as a way to reduce development costs and allow others to more easily replicate your research methodology.




San Francisco, CA. – 1998 to August 2011
Academic Specialist and Electronics Shop Head:

  • Designed, constructed, and repaired various instrumentation and lab instruments.
  • Provided consulting and other technical support to research staff, faculty, and students.
  • Directed electronics shop services and operated internal core shop facility for Departments of Physiology and Ophthalmology.
  • Managed the Physiology Teaching Lab, including equipment maintenance, student and teacher support, and incremental improvements to lab procedures and equipment.


1994 to 1998
Clients included Displaywear, Inc., Redwood City, CA; Dicon Fiberoptics, Inc., Berkeley, CA; TGI France, Los Angeles, CA.


San Leandro, CA – 1987 to 1994
Project, Design, and Manufacturing Engineer for a variety of ophthalmic instruments including:

  • An autorefractor/keratometer, which combined a movable optics system and video camera/image analysis system to provide refractive error and corneal curvature measurements.
  • A microprocessor-based lens-measuring instrument, including low-light-level optoelectronics.
  • A phacoemulsifier, or ultrasonic ophthalmic instrument used in cataract surgery.


Fort Worth, TX – 1984 to 1987
Engineer. Designed production test equipment for seven F-16 avionics circuit boards.


B.S. in Electrical Engineering TechnologyMurray State University, Murray, KY, 1984.

Recent Continuing Education:

  • “Optical Systems Engineering: A Practical Approach”, instructor Keith Kasunic, Lockheed Martin Corp., 1/25/2012 at SPIE Photonics West – 0.65 CEU
  • Design of Efficient Illumination Systems”, instructor William Cassarly, Synopsys, Inc., 1/23/2012 at SPIE Photonics West – 0.35 CEU

Background & Interests


Amateur radio — First licensed as WN4NAR in 1976, I soon earned an Advanced Class FCC ticket,  and now have the call sign K6EEG.

Antique radios and instruments — I’ve restored  a few old tube-type radio receivers, and have quite a bit of experience repairing old lab and biomedical equipment.

Private Pilot’s License — I haven’t been behind the stick for quite a while now but back in my college days I racked up a couple of hundred hours, mostly  in little Cessna 150 and 172′s.


Birdwatching, nature photographyparks and open space volunteer, hiking, road cycling.

1 Response to "ABOUT KSF"

Leave a Comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.