About Us

 

At Underwriters Laboratories we are dedicated to creating a safer, more secure and sustainable future. Since our founding in 1894, we’ve conducted rigorous independent research and have delivered lasting scientific contributions to improve living and working conditions throughout the world.

 

Today, we bring together a wide range of global experts to lead a broader conversation on safety science research and standards development. Our collaborative research settings support careful analysis of current safety data trends, and we oversee the creation of trusted standards to guide the safe and sustainable use of new and emerging technologies.

 

By sharing our findings broadly, we encourage awareness and adoption of our research. When scientists, safety professionals, policymakers and industry leaders can anticipate risks to humanity and our planet, we all can work together to foster innovation and help solve some of the world’s most pressing problems.

 

We fund our work through grants, the licensing of standards documents and the business activities of UL Inc., our wholly owned subsidiary, which conducts testing, verification and certification, and provides training and advisory services, along with data-driven reporting and decision-making tools for customers around the world. To learn more about UL Inc., visit UL.com.

 

About Us

What We Do

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. We devote research and resources to the following key areas of concentration, and together our work strives to improve safety standards and practices worldwide.

Board of Trustees

Terrence R. Brady

Terrence R. Brady

President and CEO

Underwriters Laboratories

James P. Dollive

James P. Dollive

Former Executive VP and 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

Senior Electrical Inspector

City of St. Paul, Minn.

David Paulison

David Paulison

Senior Partner

Global Emergency Solutions, LLC

Darryll Pines

Darryll Pines

President

University of Maryland and Glenn L. Martin Professor of Aerospace Engineering

Elisabeth Tørstad

Elisabeth Tørstad

CEO

Asplan Viak AS

George A. Williams

George A. Williams

CEO

PMI Energy Solutions, LLC