Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) form the crux of our civilization
We owe our improved quality of life to the continued efforts by individuals in STEM who toil hard to make the world safer, secure, and more sustainable. Yet, even with the brightest minds within this realm, only a small percentage of female graduates, take up and sustain fulltime careers in STEM and safety sciences as opposed to their male counterparts.
At UL Research Institutes and UL Standards & Engagement, we are dedicated to creating a safer, more secure, and sustainable future
In the Word to the W.I.S.E. podcast series, we bring a variety of women to engage in conversations on safety science, STEM fields, and the representation of women in these fields. They not only provide insights on what it is like to navigate the field as a woman, but also reflect on how they push the boundaries, develop resilience, confidence, and build a niche for themselves.
Word to the W.I.S.E. welcomes every woman in STEM to be part of a community of like-minded women who can empower, educate, and encourage each other.
Why Standards Matter with Dr. Charlotte Farmer, UL Research Institutes Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Dr. Charlotte Farmer is an experienced transformational leader and proponent of operational excellence and partnering across government, businesses, and non-governmental organizations to promote technological innovation and support fundamental, inclusive applied safety science research.
Safety Sciences Has No Gender with Harshini Kanhekar, Chief Manager, Fire Services, Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGC)
India’s first woman firefighter and the first woman in over 45 years to graduate from the National Fire Service College (NFSC) in Nagpur, India, Harshini Kanhekar believes no work field belongs to a gender, especially careers in science and engineering that address issues of safety and security...
Standards Matter to Build a Safer World with Sonya Bird, Director, International Standards at UL Standards & Engagement
Sonya Bird began her career here over 30 years ago as a technical standards program manager. Today, she leads global teams and serves on various national and international forums, including representing the United States on the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).
Science for Climate Smart Development with Ashwini Hingne, Manager, Climate Program, WRI India
Ashwini Hingne, manager of the climate program at World Resources Institute India, leverages her engineering background as well as learnings in science and technology to help address the pressing need to tackle global warming.
Constantly Upgrade Technical Abilities to Excel with Rashmi Urdhwareshe, President SAE India & Senior Advisor, Pune Knowledge Cluster
An automotive safety, emissions, e-mobility, and sustainable transport expert, Rashmi Urdhwareshe is the recipient of the Nari Shakti Puraskar, an annual woman empowerment award given to her by the government of India for her outstanding contributions to automotive technology.