Custom Instrumentation Solutions for Scientific and Engineering Challenges


Kenneth L. Ratzlaff
Senior Scientist, Director
Malott Hall, Room 6042A

Ken has been director of the Instrumentation Design Laboratory since 1981.  Over this period, he has led the development of many new custom instruments, authored a book and edited another, and collaborated with researchers in many areas at KU and around the world.

Before KU, he was Associate Professor of Chemistry at Northern Illinois University.  Earlier, he was an instructor at Moeding College in Botswana.

Ken received his PhD in Chemistry from the University of Illinois in 1975.

Rob Young, Electronics Design Engineer
Electronics Design Engineer
Malott Hall, room 6042

Rob joined the Instrumentation Design Laboratory in 2007 and has provided expertise in circuit design:  Programmable logic, microcomputer control, analog circuits, and  rf circuits as well as circuit board design.  He is a campus-wide resource in FPGA programming.

After receiving his MSEE from Kansas State University, he joined PC Instruments, and later was design consultant to start-up and small companies along the I-70 corridor.   

Jeff Worth
Electronics Engineering Technician
Malott Hall, Room 1086

Jeff joined the Instrumentation Design Laboratory in 2004, and currently he has duties in both the IDL and in the Physics Department.  Fabrication of PC boards is among his skills, being able to mount some of the highest density integrated circuit packages.

He also operates and maintains a wire-bonder, and he is responsible for the physics Class 100 clean room.

Previously, Jeff worked with Beta Lasermike and Nellcor Puritan Bennett

Jeff holds an AA in electronics (DeVry), a Certificate in Precision Machine Shop, and a Diploma in Watchmaking.


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