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 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.
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.
Terrence R. Brady
President and CEO
In his role, Terry sets the direction, priorities, and strategies for Underwriters Laboratories’ scientific research, standards development, education, and public outreach activities. He previously served as UL’s chief commercial and legal officer, managing key functions including legal services, ethics and compliance, government affairs, global security and brand protection, corporate marketing, and enterprise strategy.
Terry graduated with honors from Dartmouth College and Notre Dame Law School, where he was editor-in-chief of the Journal of Law, Ethics & Public Policy.
Christopher J. Cramer
Senior Vice President and Chief Research Officer
As chief research officer, Chris enhances the breadth and impact of Underwriters Laboratories' capabilities as a world-class safety science research and standards development institution. An accomplished academic leader, Chris most recently oversaw one of the largest public research programs in the United States as vice president for research at the University of Minnesota.
Chris earned his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign. He also served as editor-in-chief of the scholarly journal Theoretical Chemistry Accounts from 1997 to 2014.
Vice President and Senior Technical Advisor
Vice President Emeritus, Research
Vice President, Education and Outreach
Vice President, Research
Vice President, Global Standards
Board of Trustees
Governance of Underwriters Laboratories is guided by a Board of Trustees comprised of individuals with a broad range of backgrounds and professional experiences.
James M. Shannon
Immediate – Past President, International Electrotechnical Commission
Terrence R. Brady
President and CEO
James P. Dollive
Former Executive VP and CFO
The Schwan Food Co. (Retired)
Philip S. Khoury
Ford International Professor of History and Associate Provost
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Richard P. Owen
Senior Electrical Inspector
City of St. Paul, Minn.
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University of Maryland and Glenn L. Martin Professor of Aerospace Engineering
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George A. Williams
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