University of Texas at El Paso
Electrical and Computer Engineering

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

Statement of Teaching Interests

My father spoke seven different languages. As a professional cook, he was always committed to teaching other people the art and science of cooking in order that they could learn cooking as a profession for themselves. My father was passionate about this life-style and he always cared about helping other people to learn to cook as a profession. He trained many people and also did so in various languages as well. I always found him in the company of many people interpreting, explaining and teaching with passion basic principles and concepts leading to the profession of cooking. My father was a successful cook because he made other people succeed as cooks as well. He found the best in others.

I grew up to think and believe that the best way to help a person to successfully model and shape his/her future is to help him succeed. This success involves developing an excellent rapport with him through effective teaching. This philosophy has, in fact, dominated my personality such that I view teaching more as my life-style rather than just a job.

I understand teaching as a touch of the future. I have very great interest in teaching because I view teaching as an investment for the benefit of humankind. 

Today, I feel so blessed and gratified at the mere thought that many of my former students are not only dispersed all over the world, in Europe, Asia, and in the USA but are also very successful in their individual ways, and they still maintain good rapport with me.


I hold a Ph.D. degree in Process Measurement and Control. My B.S. and M.S. degrees are in Electrical Engineering and Cybernetics with specialization in Automatic Controls. This background and experience offer me the required foundation to attract students to my area of interest, Mechatronics Systems Engineering.


I have worked both in academia and in industry.


My current teaching interests focus principally on Mechatronics Systems Engineering which embodies the following courses:

  • Dynamic Systems and Controls

  • Systems and Signal Analysis

  • Mechanics of materials

  • Mechatronics (biomechatronics)

  • Instrumentation and Measurements (also Bioinstrumentation)

  • Soft computing (neural networks and fuzzy logic)

  • Electrical measurements of non-electrical quantities.

My major interest in teaching Mechatronics Systems Engineering is to provide education and training at both undergraduate and graduate levels in integrating electronics and computer technology into mechanical systems. 


In order to expose my students to real industrial tools, I use the current industrial softwares in my courses. Such softwares include MatLab/Simulink, Solidworks/CosmosWorks, Nastran, LabView.


I link my teaching and research to the industry through an Industrial Affiliates Program, IAP, that I establish. The aim of this IAP is to offer close cooperation between academia and industry. 

I establish academic links with other faculty members and qualified people from industry to teach some of my courses. This establishes diversity of ideas and collaborative ventures.


In particular, my vision of Mechatronics Systems Engineering is to:

  • Provide the student with professional skills commensurate with his/her future role in the manufacturing industry;

  • Extend and enhance the student’s understanding of the role of hardware and software in the control of a system;

  • Develop in the student a professional competence in evaluating and developing various technological aspects of the multi-disciplinary activities associated with mechatronics;

  • Extend the student’s understanding of the management of new technology;

  • Develop in the student an ability to work as a member of a team engaged on a multi-disciplinary problem solving exercise

  • Provide the student with the opportunity to demonstrate his/her ability to design and conduct a program of work aimed at providing a mechatronics solution to an appropriate industrial problem.

The philosophy of group working is particularly beneficial in promoting a systematic attitude towards combining principles of unlike technologies to form an optimal design concept. It promotes maturity and responsibility through a planned team effort.


Teaching offers me the ability to produce the results I desire most and helps me create values for others in the process. 


Dr.-Ing. Thompson Sarkodie-Gyan, FInstMC

Dr.-Ing. Thompson Sarkodie-Gyan, FInstMC

Associate Professor

Electrical & Computer Engineering

College of Engineering
The University of Texas at El Paso
Engineering Annex, Room 316
500 W. University Avenue
El Paso, TX  79968

(915) 747-7011 (office)

(915) 747-7871 (fax)