The first meeting of the UCSTEC was held on April 01st 2009 and a Director was appointed to carry out the functions of the UCSTEC. Senate approval for the functioning of the UCSTEC was obtained at the 317thSenate meeting held on May 29th 2009. Until 2013, the UCSTEC operated without a dedicated office and office staff. As all the Departments have been working with industries over the last few decades on various projects, several requests came to UCSTEC to conduct industry-related research projects. UCSTEC used the University of Colombo management structure in catering to these projects.