Discoveries in Safety
UL Research Institutes is a leading independent safety science organization with global reach. We sense and act on risks to public safety with bold hypotheses and objective investigations.
Our researchers explore both the benefits and risks of today’s technologies and pursue answers to socially relevant questions related to public safety. We take a multidisciplinary approach that engages the ingenuity of top minds across scientific disciplines to engineer a safer and more sustainable world — one in which every individual can thrive.
Since 1894, our research has diligently identified risks to humanity and our planet and countered them with science-based knowledge designed to benefit people everywhere. Today, we are hard at work discovering how safety science can help solve the increasingly urgent problems of the 21st century, putting our expertise to work investigating issues ranging from the health impacts of environmental and chemical pollution to the safety and equity risks artificial intelligence may foster.
In collaboration with a best-in-class, international network of scientists and safety professionals, we define the safe and sustainable use of things from legacy materials and devices to new and emerging technologies. We strengthen the impact of our findings by disseminating them widely to other researchers and institutions around the world.
Our groundbreaking research proceeds in parallel with the transformative commercial work of UL Solutions and helps inform the public safety standards and policies developed by UL Standards & Engagement. Together, we are all advancing safety science for the greater good.
UL Research Institutes continues to set the agenda for safety science as the world rises to meet global challenges like climate change and increasing digitization. Driven by our dedication to scientific discovery and our mission to build a safer world, we will remain one step ahead, ready to explore whatever appears on the next horizon.
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, UL Research Institutes
Board Chair, UL Standards & Engagement
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.
University of Maryland and Glenn L. Martin Professor of Aerospace Engineering
Mark A. Schmid
Former Vice President and Chief Investment Officer
University of Chicago
Asplan Viak AS
George A. Williams
PMI Energy Solutions, LLC