​B.S. Electrical Electronics, University of Lagos, Nigeria, 2001​M.Eng. Electrical and Computer Engineering, Cornell University, 2003​Ph.D, Science & Technology Studies, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 2009​Post-Doc, Harvard University, School of Engineering & Applied Science, 2010 - 2013

"My book about research challenges in the US was recently published. Should the recommendations be adopted, it would re-energize research in the US."

Toluwalogo (Tolu) B. Odumosu, Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering

Tolu Odumosu is an STS scholar who studies technological systems as historically and culturally situated socio-technical systems. Odumosu’s first book, “Cycles of Invention and Discovery” (Harvard University Press, October 2016) examines the Science and Technology enterprise in the United States and shows how standardized categories of “basic” and “applied” research have become a hindrance. The book grew out of his examination of research cultures at Bell Laboratories while working on telecommunication systems and communication standards in Africa and the United States. He is currently working on a monograph of mobile telephony systems in Nigeria showing how their design and consequent development reflect the contingencies of Nigerian engineers and the practices of their users. He is also building the Digital Privacy Research Laboratory at SEAS.


  • Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship 2017
  • Henry Kinnier Teaching Excellence Award 2016
  • University of Virginia, IGNITE Award 2015
  • University of Virginia Excellence in Diversity Fellowship 2013
  • Harvard University Bok Center Teaching Excellence Award 2011
  • HASS Fellow, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 2006

Research Interests

  • Science, Technology and Society

Courses Taught

  • PAVS 4500: The iPhone Course
  • STS 4500: STS and Engineering Practice
  • STS 4600: The Beta Toolbox | The Engineer, Ethics & Professional Responsibility