ABOUT KSF

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.

 

Experience

UCSF DEPARTMENT OF PHYSIOLOGY

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.

INDEPENDENT CONSULTANT

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

HUMPHREY INSTRUMENTS

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.

GENERAL DYNAMICS

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

Education

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

Technical

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.

Outdoors

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

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