Beginning initially as a department, under the now defunct School of Social and Technology Studies, the Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CSTS came into operation in January 2014, when the Technical University of Kenya formally implemented its new governance structure. The Centre is a brain child of Prof. Dr- Ing F.W.O Adoul, the Vice Chancellor of the Technical University of Kenya.
Prof Adoul’s thinking then, and even now, is that students enrolled in science, engineering and science-related disciplines in Kenyan universities are, in class, usually almost exclusively drilled in the technical aspects of their respective disciplines. Such students, therefore, graduate from their academic fields of study as erudite technicians, with little knowledge on how science and technology can be applied to improve the human condition. What the programs they are enrolled in lacks, in their curricula, is an interdisciplinary orientation which would otherwise enable students gain knowledge on how science and technology interact with the human person. And such knowledge would be, ipso-facto, gained through a study of subject areas such as philosophy, historical developments, the politics, the sociology and the human aspects of science and technology. With that in mind, Prof. Adoul found it therefore prudent to establish a Centre for Science and Technology Studies that would then, moving forward, help equip TUK students with such “soft” inter-disciplinary knowledge in science and technology.