About Us

Underwriters Laboratories

Underwriters Laboratories is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the UL Mission through the discovery and application of scientific knowledge. We conduct rigorous independent research and analyze safety data, convene experts worldwide to address risks, share knowledge through safety education and public outreach initiatives, and develop standards to guide the safe, sustainable commercialization of evolving technologies. We foster communities of safety, from grassroots initiatives for neighborhoods to summits of world leaders. Our organization employs collaborative and scientific approaches with partners and stakeholders to drive innovation and progress toward improving safety, security and sustainability.  

We fund our work through grants, the licensing of standards documents and the business activities of our affiliate, UL Inc., which also advances our shared public safety mission through its testing, inspection, audit, certification, validation, verification, advisory and training businesses. To learn more about these business solutions, visit UL.com. 

UL

UL fosters safe living and working conditions for people everywhere through the application of science to solve safety, security and sustainability challenges. The UL Mark engenders trust, enabling the safe adoption of innovative new products and technologies. Everyone at UL shares a passion for making the world a safer place.

 

Science for a Safer World

Underwriters Laboratories research is independently conducted with the highest levels of technical rigor and is actively sought out by and accepted in the scientific world. Our efforts in standards development and active role in the global standards community help elevate minimum thresholds for safety worldwide. Safety and STEM education programs empower healthier and safer choices while inspiring the next generation of science leaders. Community and public outreach initiatives disseminate science-driven insights broadly to drive awareness of key safety threats and adoption of safer behaviors.

We leverage our combined capabilities and scientific expertise to collaborate with stakeholders around the world in driving positive change.

Steering Committee

Terrence R. Brady
Terrence R. Brady
President and CEO, Underwriters Laboratories
Leading operations, strategy and growth for Underwriters Laboratories
Marilyn Black
Marilyn Black
Vice President and Senior Technical Advisor
Advancing research and identification of chemical safety risks along with collaborative solutions
Tom Chapin
Tom Chapin
Vice President, Research
Overseeing Underwriters Laboratories research to assure quality and drive achievement of objectives
Cara Gizzi
Cara Gizzi
Vice President, Education and Outreach
Leads the development of safety and sustainability educational solutions to inspire behavior change
Steve Kerber
Steve Kerber
Vice President, Research
Advancing fire safety science with the fire service, fire investigators and other fire safety professionals
Phil Piqueira
Phil Piqueira
Vice President, Global Standards
Overseeing development and maintenance of science-based standards solutions that help ensure and enhance public safety

Board of Trustees

Governance of Underwriters Laboratories is guided by an eight member panel comprised of individuals with a broad range of backgrounds and professional experience.

James P. Dollive
James P. Dollive
Former Executive VP & CFO

The Schwan Food Co. (Retired)

Philip S. Khoury
Philip S. Khoury
Ford International Professor of History and Associate Provost

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Richard P. Owen
Richard P. Owen
Sr Electrical Inspector

City of St Paul

R. David Paulison
R. David Paulison
Senior Partner

Global Emergency Solutions, LLC

Darryll Pines
Darryll Pines
Nariman Farvardin Professor of Engineering and Dean

A. James Clark School of Engineering

James M. Shannon
James M. Shannon
President

International Electrotechnical Commission

George A. Williams
George A. Williams
Chief Executive Officer

PMI Energy Solutions, LLC