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.  He has led the development of many new custom instruments and collaborated with researchers in many areas at KU and around the world.

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

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

Rob received his Bachelor of Science (1991) and Master of Science (1993) in Electrical Engineering from Kansas State University. 

Recent work at the IDL has concentrated on microprocessor control of instruments, programmable logic, radio frequency circuits and printed circuit board (PCB) design. His skill with Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) is well appreciated on the campus.

Christian Hornhuber 2017 photo
Electronics Design Engineer, Research Engineer
Malott Hall, room 6042

Christian received a Masters of Science degree (Diplom-Ingenieur) in Automation Engineering in 2009 from the Upper Austrian University of Applied Sciences, Weis, Austria, and a Master of Science in Biomimetics in Energy Systems in 2012 from the Carinthia University of Applied Sciences, Villach, Austria.


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 hysics Class-100 clean room.


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