Dr. Sakthivelsamy Rajalingam

Senior Lecturer & HOD

P. O. Box 206, Sunyani


Senior Lecturer & HOD

Electrical & Electronics Engineering


Born on 9th June, 1969 at Atuna in the Jaman South District of the Brong-Ahafo Region of Ghana, Professor Ing. Kwadwo Adinkrah-Appiah started his basic education at the Roman Catholic Primary and completed at the Local Authority Middle School at Atuna in 1984. He was the School prefect both at the primary and middle school levels. He began his secondary education at Drobo Secondary School, Drobo, in the Jaman South District of the Brong-Ahafo Region in 1986 and in the same year moved to Sumaman Secondary School, Suma-Ahenkro, in the Jaman North District of the Brong-Ahafo Region where he joined the second year but remained on top of his class. He later transferred to Saint Mary’s Boys Secondary School in Takoradi where he obtained his O’Level Certificate with Distinction in 1990. He continued at Saint John’s School, Sekondi, for his A’Level Certificate in 1992, after which he did his National Service at the Drobo Secondary School as Science and Mathematics teacher in 1993. He obtained his B.Sc. degree in Civil Engineering from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, in 1998, and performed his second mandatory National Service at the Sunyani Polytechnic in 1999 as an instructor. He later obtained his MPhil and PhD degrees, in Civil Engineering, in 2006 and 2015, respectively, at his alma mater, the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. He also received professional training as a Civil Engineer in structural modeling at the RISA Technologies in California, USA, in 2006.

Languages Spoken
  1. English (Good)
  2. Tamil (Good)
  3. Twi (Slight)
  4. Hindi (Slight)

Prof. Ing. Adinkrah-Appiah has extensive experience in industry. He was employed as a site Engineer for Nissi Water Company Ltd., a general construction firm based in Kumasi in 2009 at the same time that he was performing his National Service after his B.Sc. degree. He moved to join IKA Consult, an Architectural and Engineering consulting firm based in Sunyani as a Civil/Structural Engineering Consultant in the year 2000, where he served until 2003. In the year 2006, he formed his own building consulting firm, Appimed Consult, to provide consulting services for various projects. He, thus, has eighteen years of experience as a professional Civil/Structural Engineer and has worked on several construction projects across the country including donor funded projects such as the Village Infrastructure Project (VIP) and Urban V Project


He has authored several research publications. His research areas include Shear strength of reinforced palm kernel shell concrete deep beams, Vulnerability of building structures in the seismic zones of Ghana, The use of waste materials as aggregate for concrete and building block production for sustainable construction, The use of lateritic soils for concrete and building block production, Lean construction in the Ghanaian construction industry and Economic cost of road accidents in Ghana. His research has led to the introduction of an innovated building block in the Ghanaian construction industry dubbed ‘Salancrete building block’ which is made by combining laterite, sand and nominal amounts of cement for sustainable construction.

Professional Qualifications


Electrical Engineering (Ph. D)
Anna University, Chennai, India - 2018

Power Electronics & Drives (M. E)
Anna University, Tirunelveli, India - 2010

Electrical & Electronics Engineering (B. E)
Anna University, Chennai, India - 2008

Outcome based pedagogic principles for effective teaching
IIT Roorkee, India. (NPTEL) - Aug-Sep 2018 (4 weeks)

Introduction to Smart grid
IIT Roorkee, India. (NPTEL)- Aug-Sep 2018 (8 weeks)

  • Certified Electrical Wiring Professional (CEWP) to undertake electrical wiring and installations of Industrial facilities in Ghana- Certified by Energy Commission.
  • Certified “Sustainable Energy Audit Professional (SEAP)” to undertake Energy audit in Ghana by Energy commission and MIDA.
  1. The Institution of Engineers (India) (IEI) - 2013 to till date
  2. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) - 2020 to till date

Teaching Experience

He also has far-reaching experience in teaching, research and senior management position in tertiary institutional administration. He was formally employed as an Instructor at the Building Technology department of the then Sunyani Polytechnic in the year 2001 and was appointed as a Lecturer in 2006, after his MPhil degree, at the same department. He was promoted to the rank of Senior Lecturer at the Civil Engineering Department in 2012, and subsequently as an Associate Professor of Civil Engineering in 2016. He has served in various management positions at the Sunyani Technical University including Acting Head of Building Technology Department (2005-2006), Sectional Head of Carpentry & Joinery Section of the Building Technology Department (2006-2007), Head of Building Technology Department (2007-2009), Dean of School of Engineering (2009-2012), Vice-Rector (2013-2016), and Acting Rector (2016).


  1. Supervised BTECH Electrical Students to develop and installed 180W solar streetlight project at Sunyani Technical University.
  2. Installed solar powered FM at the department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering.