Named in honor of UL founder William Henry Merrill, whose words “know by test, and state the facts” embody UL’s more-than-115-year commitment to technical excellence, the William Henry Merrill Society formally recognizes UL employees who have made a significant and sustained contribution to the fulfillment of UL’s public safety mission on an everyday basis.
Those honored with membership in the William Henry Merrill Society are technical professionals who have been recognized by both UL and other organizations as leading authorities in their fields of expertise. Members are selected through a detailed review of job experience, technical achievements, publications, patents, professional affiliations and overall contribution to the fulfillment of UL’s safety mission.
Members of the William Henry Merrill Society are designated as UL Corporate Fellows and will be engaged in activities that allow them to influence the future of product safety certification and UL’s overall business direction. This includes participating in UL Corporate Development Committee meetings and attending an annual “safety retreat” for society members only, where they will discuss important safety certification issues and help identify new initiatives where UL can play a leadership role.
Finally, society members will be responsible for sharing their experiences with UL staff and mentoring those who might someday become Merrill Society members themselves.
John Drengenberg is UL’s Consumer Safety Director, and his UL career has spanned an extraordinary 51 years. In addition to being a Professional Engineer and rising up through the ranks as a safety certification engineer and manager, John has held leadership roles in IEC technical committees and the United Way, as well as representing UL at the ANSI Consumer Interest Forum. John’s amazing body of work includes numerous technical publications along with more than 2,500 technical and consumer-faced interviews. John was named Spokesperson of the Year by the public relations industry’s top trade publication, PR News, in 2007 with honorable mentions in 2005 and 2017.
Scott has more than 31 years of UL experience as an analytical chemist in the Performance Materials Division. He is UL’s subject matter expert with regard to the European Community’s RoHS and WEEE requirements, as well as the new technology concerning flammable refrigerants. Scott is in leadership positions in numerous outside technical committees, including IEC, ISO, ASTM and ASHRAE and has received the IEC 1906 Award for his valued contribution to the work of standardization. Scott is our PDE for Analytical Chemistry and is located in the Melville office.
John Kovacik is UL’s Primary Designated Engineer (PDE) for industrial control equipment; components and assemblies including control panels and industrial machinery. His primary responsibilities are driving consistency, integrity and engineering quality in the establishment and application of UL product certification requirements.
John’s 41-year career with UL includes many years of experience with codes and standards. He represents UL on a number of technical committees covering a broad range of subjects for NFPA, NEMA and the IEC. This includes membership as UL’s principal representative on the NFPA 20 Committee for Stationary Fire Pumps and the NFPA 79 Committee for Industrial Machinery. He serves as the Technical Advisor for the U.S. National Committee Technical Advisory Group for IEC/SC 121A.
John is UL’s Principal member on the National Electrical Code (NEC®) Correlating Committee. As UL’s representative on this committee, he is responsible for coordinating UL’s participation in NEC activities. He is also a member of NEC Code Panels 12 and 13.
John has received the IEC 1906 Award, the NFPA Committee Service Award and is an NFPA Life Member.
Ken routinely serves UL’s mission and safety science through his collaborative work with institutions including the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), U.S. Department of Energy, International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), American National Standards Institute (ANSI), National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), public utility commissions, Museum of Science & Industry, and SAE International. He is active in the standards and code development community, and serves as the chairman of National Electrical Code (NEC®) Panel 1. Ken represents UL in numerous global energy initiatives such as the IEC Renewable Energy Scheme, and works closely with U.S. National Laboratories and academic institutions, including leading a number of significant renewable energy research projects.
He is a Safety Smart Ambassador, Science Olympiad volunteer and Mathematics Education volunteer expert, and serves the community of Park Ridge, Ill., as electrical commissioner. Ken’s innovative approaches, professionalism, work ethic and commitment to public safety model the traits of our founder, William Henry Merrill.
Tom has co-authored an engineering book on Hazard Based Safety Engineering, bridging engineering sciences and the field of product safety. He has also published numerous technical papers and presentations.
He conducts workshops to address diverse hazards, harm potentials and effective protection strategies for a variety of industries, agencies and professional organizations. He trains UL technical staff, key customers and other stakeholders, including the IEEE, U.S. CPSC, U.S. FDA/CDRH, AHAM, CEA, TIA, ASEAN/ACCSQ, ICPHSO and APEC/JRAC. He has also provided training for development of engineering course programs at St. Louis University, University of British Columbia and the India Institute of Technology Gandhinagar (IIT-Gn).
Tom’s extensive work in hazard analysis and risk assessment has been applied to research projects for development of standards and codes in areas including electric shock (electropathology and protection), fire and lithium-ion battery hazards. He led development of the UL ASSET (Applied Safety Science and Engineering Techniques) Safety Management Process and a new UL University course program based on risk assessment methodologies for informed decisions to achieve, maintain and continuously improve safety. This work was recognized with a 2011 IEEE Region 1 (Northeastern US) Award for Technological Innovation “for significant Patents, for discovery of new devices, development of applications or exemplary contributions to industry or government”. He has instructed these ASSET Safety Management courses for key stakeholders in the United States and Canada.
Tom is presently a licensed and registered Professional Engineer (P.E.). He remains active in post-graduate education and training, including professional development courses, with Product Safety Management and Advanced Product Safety Management certificates from St. Louis University, and training as a Certified Safety Professional (CSP).
His background includes diverse operations experience in conformity assessment of medical, laboratory, information technology (ITE), telecom and communication service equipment, as well as AC and DC power supply, conversion and distribution equipment and related systems. As a project engineer and staff engineer, Tom has conducted and managed certifications and conformity assessments; established and developed requirements in product standards and installation codes; developed and delivered technology-based training, workshops and consultations; researched and reported electric shock and electropathology issues; and developed proposals for adoption of new electric shock protection requirements.
Mr. Lanzisero currently serves on the board of directors of the IEEE PSES and as vice chair of the IEEE Risk Assessment Technical Committee (RATC). He served as 2013 chairman of the IEEE Long Island (NY) Section. He is also an IEEE Senior Member and Founding Chair of the LI Chapter of the IEEE Product Safety Engineering Society (PSES), and is a member of other IEEE societies including Communications, Engineering in Medicine and Biology, Industry Applications, Power and Energy, Professional Communication, Reliability and Vehicular Technology. Tom has also been a member of other professional organizations including the NFPA, ASSE, IAEI, SAE, QAI, NSPE, NYSSPE and the Knowledge Foundation. He has served as technical expert on various international committees and USNC TAGs, including IEC: TC64 MT4 [IEC60479 series, IEC61201 on electric shock protection], IEC TC108 WG5 [IEC60990]) and ISO: 31000 Risk Management [ANSI Z690 series]).
Bill Hoffman joined UL Environment in 2009 as an environmental scientist after a distinguished career with Motorola Labs.
As a senior scientist at UL, Bill has been authored or co-authored 14 sustainability standards including those for toys, sanitary paper, laboratory operations, dry wall, doors, lighting, insulation and portable electronics including mobile phones.
He has also developed numerous environmental verification procedures and led efforts to update a range of environmental standards, including those focusing on energy saving power strips, energy saving plastic additives, the recyclability of electronics and zero waste to landfill, diverting tons of materials from going to local landfills.
Bill’s efforts have been instrumental in advancing UL’s position, business offerings and recognition in the sustainability field. He holds numerous leadership positions on key technical committees and recently represented the United States on an International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) committee for establishing guidelines for end-of-life data and recyclability rate calculations of electrical and electronic equipment and is currently the Chair of IEEE 1680.1, Sustainability of Personal Computers.
His previous work with the Motorola Labs Environmental Technology Group focused on a range of electronics sustainability issues including developing product recyclability assessment tools that considered trends in regulation, business need, product design requirements and environmental management issues.
Bill has authored numerous publications and patents, primarily related to electronic and telecommunications equipment and processes. He holds a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the Illinois Institute of Technology, was a post-doctoral appointee at Argonne National Laboratories and has earned numerous technical credentials including the UL Distinguished Member of Technical Staff and Accredited Corporate Social Responsibility Practitioner.
Barbara Guthrie is currently serving as the third public safety officer in UL’s history, having been appointed to that position on March 1, 2014. In this role, she is the chief advocate for UL’s public safety mission, working to promote, protect, advance and expand that mission.
Barb has had a long and distinguished career with UL, beginning as a project engineer in UL’s Northbrook, Ill., office in 1984.
She next served as an associate managing engineer in UL’s International Compliance Services department. In this role, she was instrumental in launching UL’s certification Mark for Canada. She also facilitated UL’s application and acceptance in the IECEE CB Scheme for electrical equipment for medical use, information technology and office equipment, and measurement, control and laboratory equipment.
In 1996, she became the managing director for the Danish national testing and certification organization, DEMKO A/S, in Herlev, Denmark, after UL acquired the organization. In this capacity, she successfully led DEMKO’s transition to a fully integrated affiliate of UL.
Barb went on to become the director for all of UL’s European operations before returning to the United States in 1999 to take the director of Corporate Marketing position. In the marketing director role, she led the team that created e-business tools for streamlining and improving UL’s application process.
In 2001, Barb took on a new role yet again, first as director and then as vice president of UL’s Consumer Affairs department, which is responsible for UL’s safety advocacy, education and outreach efforts. Some of her Consumer Affairs highlights include spearheading the development of “Safety Smart®,” a global youth education initiative that has engaged, empowered and positively affected the behavior of more than 622 million young people and adults. Barb also led the effort to develop UL’s Test the Limits Lab at Walt Disney World® in Florida, a 4,000 square foot interactive experience entertaining more than 10 million guests annually.
Under her leadership, UL has established an exclusive partnership with Disney to create the highly visible and successful in-park “Wild About Safety” educational campaign featuring characters from the Lion King.
In her drive to increase the visibility of UL and its public safety mission among consumers around the world, Barb has built relationships with consumer interest groups, agencies and safety advocacy entities, government organizations, and safety and health professionals. She has served on numerous technical committees for organizations such as ANSI and ASTM; serves on the boards or steering committees for several safety-related groups such as the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition; and has made numerous presentations and written many papers on safety-related subjects.
A Senior Staff Chemist in UL’s Life and Health Sciences business, Dr. Li is widely recognized for his technical expertise and achievements in the field of drinking water quality testing.
He has authored or co-authored more than 27 peer-reviewed research papers and at least 45 conference publications in his field, and has served as a critical reviewer of research papers at many prestigious science journals. He has given more than 70 presentations on water quality testing and related subjects at national and international conferences and symposia.
He is a distinguished member of the American Water Works Association, having served on multiple technical committees and task groups, and has been a member of the American Chemical Society since 1996.
Working out of our South Bend, Indiana, facility, Dr. Li has been a driving force behind UL becoming a nationally recognized leader in drinking water quality testing.
Along with the design and validation of new analytical test methods, Dr. Li has developed dozens of standard operating procedures that have played a significant role in growing UL’s water quality testing business.
In addition to being a key contributor in developing new testing programs in the Environmental Services area, he provided technical direction and helped establish UL’s National Emergency Response Program.
Dr. Li has been a teacher and mentor throughout his entire career, always generous with his time and knowledge to help others, both inside and outside UL. He is the embodiment of the ideals we seek to advance through the Society.
Over her 23-year career, Dr. Bonhoff has held technical and managerial positions at a number of leading organizations, focused on chemical analysis and testing of a wide range of commercial products.
She has been a research biochemist for SANDOZ AGRO AG in Basel, Switzerland; a laboratory manager in the chemical analytical lab at Springborn Laboratories, Europe AG; and a laboratory and technical manager for STR Testing & Inspection AG.
More recently, she was Global Head of Chemistry for STR’s Testing and Quality Assurance Group.
Today, she serves in that same capacity for UL-STR, charged with aligning, overseeing and developing UL-STR’s worldwide chemical testing facilities and services.
Dr. Bonhoff has been a leader throughout her entire career, an active participant in numerous standards committees, industry associations and international technical groups.
She is widely known for her expertise in the safety and quality of textiles and other materials used in clothing and footwear, with notable contributions in the safety of children’s clothing.
Dr. Black is founder and president of Air Quality Sciences, Inc., a testing and research leader focused on chemical and biological air pollution that became UL Air Quality Sciences through acquisition in 2011.
She has long been a leader in the study of the impact of low doses of chemical exposure on human health, and in finding ways to reduce that exposure.
She is also a pioneer in the commercial development of environmental chamber testing to evaluate human health risks of indoor materials, furnishings, cleaners and electronic equipment.
In 2001, Dr. Black founded the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute, a nonprofit organization that oversees the International GREENGUARD Certification Programs.
GREENGUARD has been instrumental in driving the marketplace to safer materials for construction and interior furnishings in the built environment.
Throughout her career, Dr. Black has been extremely active in her area of expertise, leading and participating in numerous important national and international scientific organizational initiatives, research projects and community outreach programs.
She has been recognized with a number of prestigious public service awards and has presented and published extensively in the indoor air quality field.
Tom is our PDE Director in the consumer area. He directs UL’s 40-plus senior technical staff and managers in their work in the HVAC, Appliances, Components, Lighting, ITE, Consumer Electronics, Medical and Functional Safety areas.
Over the course of his long and distinguished career at UL, he has become known as an expert in appliance safety.
He’s particularly well known in AHAM, the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers, and in the air conditioning industry.
He’s been very active in UL/IEC and other technical committees, chairing many and serving as technical advisor for others in a broad range of areas that spans a variety of appliance types, HVAC, food safety, drinking water, and more.
He’s presented at major symposia, published many peer-reviewed papers and journal articles, and contributed to books and technical reference material during his career.
Dave is a Research Engineer in Corporate Research and has developed a national and international reputation for expertise that spans a wide range of electrical and fire hazards.
He is highly regarded in the electrical industry, the code development community and the regulatory community for his research work.
Dave has always been the go-to person when staff need information or guidance on research dealing with electrical products, particularly in the commercial/industrial area.
Dave has been an active participant and leader in many technical and professional organizations.
His appointment to serve as Chair of the NFPA/IEEE Test Procedures and Protocols ad hoc Committee for the ARC Flash Research Project is just one example of his standing in the codes and standards community.
Dave has always been generous with his knowledge, contributing to the development of UL’s technical staff through numerous technical presentations, and he’s won many awards for his professional work over the years.
Senior Vice President and Chief Engineer
Underwriters Laboratories Inc.
Don Talka presently serves as UL’s Chief Engineer. He is responsible for UL’s Principle Engineer and Corporate Research functions. These functions drive the development of safety standards and safety science research in support of UL’s Corporate Safety mission and objectives. He serves as final arbitrator for technical appeals and technical decisions regarding UL standards. Mr. Talka has had a highly successful and accomplished career at UL, holding a number of positions with increasing levels of responsibility and authority that have substantially contributed to the success of the Corporation and our Public Safety Mission.
Mr. Talka graduated from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn New York with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering, in 1974. He was also a member of Tau Beta Pi and Eta Kappa Nu honor societies. In 1983 he earned a Master of Science in Engineering Management from Polytechnic Institute of New York, winning the Wall Street Journal Student Achievement Award. Mr. Talka began his career at UL in 1977, after gaining valuable experience at Westinghouse Electric Corporation and Lepel High Frequency Labs.
Mr. Talka’s contributions to public safety as envisioned by UL’s founder William Henry Merrill are evidenced through his efforts in developing safety requirements utilizing state of the art technology, establishing safety requirements for the use of new technology, developing and implementing technical training programs, providing leadership in the development and expansion of product safety certification programs on a global basis, and coordinating and leading the most comprehensive Gage R&R initiative in UL’s history.
Throughout his career at UL, Mr. Talka has primarily focused on the development of sound technical criteria. He has served as the lead engineer on numerous UL Standards development activities. Under his leadership such advances in safety as immersion protection for hairdryers, breakaway cords for deep fat fryers, and enhanced GFCI criteria have found their way into UL standards. He has served as the IAC chair for such standards as, Molded Case Circuit Breakers, UL489, Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters, UL943, Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters, UL1699, Household Cooking Appliances, UL1026, UL1082 and UL1083, to name just a few. Don has also been a strong influence on the staff through his mentoring and decision-making activities. He is a thoughtful and strong leader who demonstrates his integrity through his active participation in testing, standardization and business initiatives, both inside and outside of UL.
Mr. Talka has also been actively involved in standards development activities outside of UL. He has served as a principle member of the NFPA National Electrical Code making process since 1990. He recently completed a 9 year assignment as chairman of CMP 15, dealing with Healthcare Facilities and Assembly Occupancies. Prior to that he served 12 years on Code making Panel 20, which dealt with Swimming Pools and Appliances. Mr. Talka also served for 6 years as UL’s representative on the NFPA Standards Council. The Standards Council is the highest standing committee at NFPA. Mr. Talka presently also serves as chairman of UL Electrical Council.
Mr. Talka understands the benefit of technical development and education to UL’s safety mission. Mr. Talka has either lead or participated in numerous technical development and education activities both within and external to UL. Among his accomplishments are: Gage R&R activities at UL, development of 16 week new engineer training program at Melville, creation of Melville data acquisition team, FIRST Robotics volunteer, instructor at State University of NY at Farmingdale electricity laboratory.
Throughout his 33 year career at UL, Mr. Talka’s unwavering commitment to UL’s safety mission and his logical approach to technical problem solving have been an invaluable asset to UL.
Principal Engineer Plastics
George is responsible for the standardization activities related to the UL Plastics Recognition program, and also provides technical assistance to engineers at UL who handle certification projects for plastics.
George began his career at UL in 1974 after graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn in Brooklyn, New York. He later earned his Masters of Business Administration from Adelphi University, Garden City, New York. He’s been a Licenses Professional Engineer in the state of New York since 1979.
Today, George is a leading expert in his field and is very active in the professional community, generously sharing his knowledge to advance public safety. He is the Technical Advisor for the United States National Committee of the International Electrotechnical Commission Technical Committee 89 on fire hazard testing.
He is also a technical expert for the United States on the IEC’s Technical Committee 15 on insulating materials and Technical Committee 61 on household appliances. He is the Program Manager and Convenor of IEC Technical Committee 89’s Working Group 10 on Fire Safety Engineering.
George is a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers, the Society of Plastics Engineers and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. Over his 34 year career, George Fechtmann’s energy and leadership have been a huge asset to UL.
George serves as a mentor to UL staff and customers with his Plastics and RSCS expertise, and has been instrumental in the development of standards and programs that have helped establish UL’s global leadership in the component plastics arena.
William Henry Merrill Society
Bent Winther’s contributions and accomplishments over the span of his 36-year career with Demko and UL encompass his technical contributions to electrical safety standardization, his vision and creativity in shaping Pan-European and International Product Safety Certification Programs, and his leadership in his professional community.
Mr. Winther has been a visionary for electrical safety, and has been a prolific author in drafting standards and documents on behalf of various committees. He has been tireless in his persistence throughout the tedium of bringing standards to fruition through national and international standards development processes. He has readily shared his knowledge through presentations to staff, manufacturers and authorities by presenting and explaining new developments in standards and programs.
Mr. Winther earned a reputation for his ability to take on and resolve a wide range of challenges. Between 1978 and 1984, during which he also served as a member of the Demko Board, Demko experienced a period of considerable challenge as a consequence of a move from the use of Danish National Standards to the use of European Norms. The Board gave Mr. Winther the task of investigating the situation and developing recommendations for their consideration. His solution led to approval for construction of a new 5,000 square meter laboratory, addition of 34 new staff members, and purchase of $700,000 of new test equipment. Successful implementation of these changes vastly improved the overall quality and timeliness of services performed by Demko’s engineers.
Later, when the Danish government decided to put Demko into the private sector, Mr. Winther served as an indispensable advisor leading to the successful transfer of Demko to UL.
When other test houses challenged the method used by Demko for conducting testing of motor-compressors using a substitute cooling system, Mr. Winther convinced the IECEE Committee of Testing Laboratories (CTL) that the method was sound. Since then, the method has been widely adopted. For more than 20 years, Mr. Winther continuously worked on improvements of the Standard to cover changing technology in the construction of motor compressors, their increased use of electronic controls and protection, and the use of new refrigerants.
Mr. Winther has always had an active interest in the well being of his fellow employees. In addition to serving as a member of the Demko Board, he served a position of trust as Chairman Spokesman for the Demko Graduated Engineers Association. During this period, he served as the link to the upper management of Demko in all matters in relation to reorganization of Demko and all hiring of graduate engineers. This position also gave Mr. Winther the responsibility to negotiate work conditions and salary and other conditions for the engineers. He received much recognition for the many years he served in this capacity, from all parties involved, both inside and outside of Demko.
Mr. Winther served as a mentor and teacher, freely sharing his knowledge and providing leadership through technical advice and direction to others both at UL and elsewhere.
Mr. Winther has always placed his first priority on UL’s Mission of Public Safety and the performance of the various European and international interpretation committees and agreement schemes. His effectiveness has been greatly aided by his attention to maintaining strong, positive relationships, both internal and external to Underwriters Laboratories Inc.
Mr. Winther’s work has been of utmost value in the achievement of good standards, good working schemes and good service. This has been particularly evident by the addition of 14 new CBTLs to UL Demko, largely through his leadership and personal efforts.
Primary Designated Engineer
Over the course of his 30-year career with UL, Kerry Bell has been recognized as a leader in the development and implementation of Codes and Standards for fire sprinklers and sprinkler system equipment. He is well known and highly respected by the Sprinkler Industry, the Code Development Community and the Regulatory Community for his technical expertise in fire suppression systems.
Mr. Bell has actively applied his fire protection engineering education and experience in evaluating sprinklers and related equipment to advance the state-of-the-art in active fire suppression. He has made innumerable contributions through leadership in the application of improved and new technology to develop UL Safety Standards for fire sprinklers and related fire sprinkler system equipment. Of particular note are the contributions he made to the development and implementation of requirements for plastic sprinkler piping.
Mr. Bell has readily shared his knowledge throughout his career, through active participation and leadership in technical and professional organizations. He has been recognized by UL, as well as by other organizations, in various ways for his accomplishments and contributions.
Mr. Bell has served as an active member of more than two-dozen national and international technical committees involved with the development of standards and codes for sprinklers and related sprinkler system equipment. His standing in the Codes and Standards Community was underscored by his appointment to serve as a member of the prestigious National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standards Council. The 13 members of the NFPA Standards Council serve as the final arbiter for the issuance of the internationally recognized NFPA Codes and Standards. This appointment reflects NFPA’s respect for Mr. Bell’s important, effective, sound and unbiased contributions, over many years, to the development of NFPA Codes.
Mr. Bell has been called upon on numerous occasions to take responsibility for addressing some of the most challenging issues and opportunities facing UL. When the long-term performance of polymer sprinkler seals came into question, Mr. Bell assumed leadership for developing an understanding of the fundamental performance and failure characteristics of the materials, and worked closely with Industry, Government and Regulatory Authorities to bring about successful resolution of the situation that might otherwise have become extremely contentious.
Mr. Bell also served in a lead role in developing design criteria for UL’s David Gratz Fire Test Center at Northbrook, Illinois. This facility has served, through nearly a decade of use, to help position UL as the world’s premier fire suppression testing organization.
Mr. Bell has served as a mentor and teacher, freely sharing his knowledge and providing leadership through technical advice and direction to others both at UL and elsewhere. He has always focused on UL’s Mission of Public Safety as his first priority in all of his activities and in all of his relationships to Underwriters Laboratories Inc.
Business Development Director
Underwriters Laboratories Inc.
Pravin Gandhi is well known in the North American and International Fire Protection Community as a leading fire researcher and, perhaps more significantly, for translating the product of fire research into economically useful applications in testing and certification of materials, products and systems.
As an academic, Dr. Gandhi is an accomplished fire researcher across a wide array of technologies. He has been an outstanding ambassador for UL, as evidenced by his presentations of his investigations at U.S. and international fire safety conferences. He also demonstrates a practical business sense by his leadership in the translation of fire research into the application of new technologies in UL’s fire protection testing and certification activities.
Equally compelling is the impact that the implementation of these new technologies has had on the transformation of the work of UL’s fire protection engineers. Prior to introduction of these various technologies in UL’s work, most fire testing yielded little more than a “pass” or “fail” result. With the introduction of these technologies, it became possible to develop an understanding and explanation as to the way in which materials and systems perform under fire conditions. A case in point is the fire modeling services UL offers to clients using advanced FDS (fire dynamics simulator) programming code developed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). With this, UL delivers more value to its clients for each dollar spent on testing. UL is now able to provide manufacturers with information on which they can design improvements in materials, products and systems.
Thanks in large part to Dr. Gandhi, UL is able to study a range of variables through analytical modeling techniques, permitting a wide range of features and conditions to be evaluated through fewer tests. These new technologies have enhanced UL’s reputation, affecting an increase in the demand for UL’s unique fire capabilities. These new fire technologies now account for ten percent or more of UL’s fire protection services revenues.
Also significant, and perhaps the strongest endorsement of Dr. Gandhi’s being chosen as a Corporate Fellow is the manner in which he freely shares his knowledge and enthusiasm with others. He has consistently gone out of his way to act as teacher and mentor to enable others to develop new capabilities and understand and apply new technologies. He willingly shares the limelight, and routinely works to help others achieve success.
It is apparent that he takes great satisfaction in seeing others succeed. Although working with and through others in this way greatly multiplies what UL has been able to achieve as a consequence of Dr. Gandhi’s knowledge and capabilities, it also means that his contributions often may not be as publicly apparent and lauded as they might be.
Senior Vice President – Public Safety Officer
Underwriters Laboratories Inc.
Gus Schaefer is UL’s Public Safety Officer. In this capacity, he works to expand UL’s Public Safety Mission on a global scale. He acts as UL’s Public Safety guardian, ambassador and advocate both inside and outside of the company, and represents UL on major safety initiatives, working closely with UL’s Commercial, Operations, Regulatory Affairs, Consumer Affairs, Washington D.C. Office, and the staff of the CTO Group. He is also currently responsible for UL’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives, Corporate Giving activities and UL’s annual giving campaign.
Mr. Schaefer began his career at UL in 1973 at the Melville, New York office, as a member of the Follow-Up Services (FUS) Department. In the course of his assignment to FUS, he was responsible for the development of a number of innovative “second generation” FUS inspection programs, during which he worked closely with the UL staff and Industry members. He also participated in the launch of UL’s QRS Management System Registration business. Mr. Schaefer eventually rose to the position of Chief Engineer – Follow-Up Services, with responsibility for UL’s Global FUS activities.
During the mid-nineties, Mr. Schaefer was asked to manage UL’s QRS business, during which he led a major customer service function. Under his leadership, the group achieved significant improvements in the performance of the business.
In May 1998, Mr. Schaefer was assigned to the role of Director, Asian Operations, and in this position, worked to coalesce UL’s resources in Asia into a regionally coordinated team. Under his direction, the Asian Operation launched a significant expansion of UL’s on-the-ground presence in Asia by adding staff and adding and expanding facilities. He and his team in Asia pioneered the development of UL’s first formalized capacity planning efforts, which allowed growth in the Region to be managed in a logical and methodical manner.
In late 2001, Mr. Schaefer was assigned full responsibility for UL’s U.S. and Canadian Operations, remaining in this role until June 2004. During this assignment, Mr. Schaefer and his team worked to synchronize the Region with UL’s ongoing business transformation activities, and eventually prepared the way for the introduction of the new Operating Model. After a brief assignment to oversee UL’s Global FUS and Administrative Services Operations, Mr. Schaefer was assigned to his current position of Public Safety Officer in January 2005.
Mr. Schaefer has always been recognized as a team builder, and particularly effective as a collaborative leader, serving to inspire others to outstanding performance and commitment. His record of accomplishments gives evidence of his ability to convert grand ideas into reality though systematic implementation.
Founding Member, William Henry Merrill Society
UL Corporate Fellow
Mr. James Beyreis began his career with Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL) in 1966 as an assistant engineer. In 1972, he was named an engineering group leader in the Fire Protection Department. By 1988, he was appointed vice president and chief engineer of the Fire Protection Division. Before retiring from Underwriters Laboratories Inc. on July 16, 2009, Mr. Beyreis was Vice President, Technical Training Global Fire and Signaling Sector.
He has been a valuable leader at UL throughout his career, chairing many councils and committees, including the PE Awards Committee, the Fire Council, the Electrical Committee, the Management System Advisory Committee, the Engineering Policy Committee, as well as numerous Industry Advisory Committees.
Mr. Beyreis is an active member and leader in numerous industry groups, including the National Institute of Building Science, the National Fire Protection Association, CASCO’s International Standards Organization, the Society of Fire Protection Engineers and a number of others.
Highlights of his technical achievements include his involvement in development of the first test for large-scale evaluation of sprinklers designed to protect exterior glass curtain walls; design of special furnace test apparatus for fire resistance evaluation to aid development of low-cost school buildings; and many others.
Through his efforts, expertise and determination, UL was instrumental in requiring detachable magnetic electrical cords to help prevent deep-fat fryers from being pulled off a countertop by their cords, thus reducing the danger of horrific burns to small children in the home.
Mr. Beyreis was also instrumental in the development of the Large-Scale Fire Test facility, working with colleagues at Industrial Risk Insurers to develop a plan that benefited UL, the fire protection industry and the cause of safety.
Mr. Beyreis has been published in numerous publications dating back to 1970; he has been recognized with many honors and awards for his work, including a Distinguished Service Award from the National Fire Protection Association and his election as a Fellow of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers.
Mr. Beyreis earned a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering at Valparaiso University in 1966 and a master of business administration degree at Roosevelt University in 1981.
UL Corporate Fellow
Vice President, Corporate Research
Underwriters Laboratories Inc.
Dr. Chapin is the Vice President of Corporate Research at Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL). Tom is also a UL William Henry Merrill Society Corporate Fellow and Chairman of the UL Fire Council. Tom manages the UL global research activities for UL certification, testing and surveillance services, covering 20,000 product categories and nearly 1400 safety standards. As a trained materials scientist, Tom’s career has been dedicated to the study of polymer synthesis, characterization, processing, degradation and fire behavior. Tom joined UL in 2001 after a 21-year career at AT&T Bell Laboratories and 3 years with Upjohn developing new high performance materials from isocyanates. At Bell Laboratories, he held research and managerial positions associated telecom research and product development. During that time, he invented 12 commercial products for the telecommunications industry and assisted in many telecom projects for terrestrial fiber optic, ocean and military applications. He has 17 patents in the areas of telecommunications and materials science. Tom has made over 250 presentations at conferences and has in excess of 150 technical publications in the field of materials science. He received his B.S. in Chemistry 1974 and a Ph.D. in Polymer Science in 1977 from the Institute of Materials Science at the University of Connecticut. Tom was the past international technical chair of the IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) Technical Committee 113 on Nanotechnology Standardization for Electrical and Electronic Components and Subsystems. Tom was named UL Fellow and inducted into the UL William Henry Merrill Society in 2006.
Founding Member, William Henry Merrill Society
UL Corporate Fellow
Lee Dosedlo joined Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL) in June 1963 and began his 42-year career at UL’s facility in Chicago. He initially conducted investigations on fire protection building materials and systems including fire doors, fire resistive walls, insulated record protection safes and structural building columns. In addition, Mr. Dosedlo conducted tests on hydraulic equipment for fire suppression systems, including fire pumps, sprinkler system devices and underground piping products.
After he transferred to UL’s Northbrook facility, Mr. Dosedlo led the initiative to develop Safety Standards for solid fuel heating and venting products during the energy crisis. When the U.S. Fire Administration initiated action to save lives in residential occupancies, Mr. Dosedlo represented UL on the NFPA task force to develop a new Standard for Safety for testing and certifying residential fire sprinklers.
Under UL’s executive training program, Mr. Dosedlo was transferred to UL’s Electrical Engineering Division to manage a section of engineers that were responsible for testing information technology equipment, commercial cooking equipment, power tools and conveyor systems. During 1989, Mr. Dosedlo was appointed to the Chief Engineer’s Office, and subsequently to the position of global chief engineer for testing and certification until he retired in 2005.
Mr. Dosedlo received UL’s Professional Engineer Award for developing the UL Standard for Safety for Residential Fire Sprinklers and certifying the first UL Listed residential sprinkler. Based on U.S. Fire Administration statistics, these sprinklers have saved hundreds of lives during residential fires in single-family dwellings and lodging facilities. Mr. Dosedlo also received UL’s Professional Engineer Award for developing the Standard for a unique “on-off” fire sprinkler that automatically stops the flow of water when it senses that the fire is extinguished.
Mr. Dosedlo authored many technical papers published both internally and externally. In addition, he reviewed all technical papers published for UL staff under the oversight of the Chief Engineer’s Office.
Mr. Dosedlo was a registered Professional Engineer in several states. He was appointed to represent UL on outside technical committees that develop standards published by other organizations both nationally and internationally as an element of the global product safety system. He was recognized by the National Fire Protection Association with a Life Membership Certificate for serving 35 years on NFPA technical committees.
As the global chief engineer for testing and certification, together with the regional chief engineers, Mr. Dosedlo provided technical direction and oversight for the UL family of companies on a global basis to facilitate staff technical competence, consistency in application of certification requirements, management of the UL Mark program, compatibility of UL certification requirements with applicable installation codes, UL’s data acceptance policy, and product certification program management.
To help drive consistency, integrity and engineering quality, Mr. Dosedlo established UL’s Primary Designated Engineers organization, and he developed/maintained the UL staff technical competency criteria and database.
Mr. Dosedlo, revered Corporate Fellow, passed away on June 9, 2007.
Former Director of Fire Protection Business Development
Underwriters Laboratories Inc.
Dr. Hsiang-Cheng Kung was the former director of fire protection business development at Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL). His responsibilities included securing research contracts, developing new product testing protocols and developing the fire protection business in the United States and Asia.
Dr. Kung obtained master and doctorate degrees from Brown University, Providence, R.I., where he majored in fluid mechanics and heat transfer.
Over his distinguished 37-year research career in fire protection engineering, Dr. Kung has made a significant impact in a wide variety of areas of fire science and fire protection engineering.
He is particularly well known for his contributions to automatic sprinkler technology and the science behind sprinkler performance. His work in this area has contributed to the explosion in new sprinkler technology that has occurred from the early 1980s to the present.
His research efforts in evaluating sprinkler performance have led to the development of the residential sprinkler, the quick-response sprinkler, the early suppression fast response sprinkler and a number of other important sprinkler system innovations. These sprinklers would not be commercially available today without the novel fire testing, analysis and techniques to measure sprinkler performance developed in Dr. Kung’s research.
Dr. Kung has been a frequent contributor to the Journal of Fire Protection Engineering, Fire Technology and the international symposia for fire safety science, as well as other peer-reviewed journals. Since 1990, he has been a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Fire Protection Engineering.
In 2003, in recognition of his work in sprinkler science and technology, Dr. Kung received the Arthur B. Guise Medal of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers for eminent achievement in the advancement of fire protection engineering. He was also promoted to the rank of SFPE Fellow in 2003.
Senior Advisor for IEC and IECEE Activities
Before retiring from Underwriters Laboratories Inc. on July 31, 2007, Donald A. Mader was senior vice president and chief technology officer. He was responsible for establishing criteria, metrics and goals that drive technical competency, accuracy, consistency and thoroughness for compliance with UL’s Global Conformity Assessment policies, practices and procedures while facilitating synergies across the array of UL’s Conformity Assessment Services. He led development and implementation of global conformity assessment and FUS policies and procedures across all operations. He was also responsible for managing the Global Chief Engineers (Testing/Certification and Inspection/Field Services), Engineering, Standards, Research, Public Safety and Domestic and International Certification functions.
He also had corporate-wide responsibility for the Field Report and Field Sampling Programs (Market and Conformity Surveillance), Regulatory Services, Standards, Global Engineering, Primary Designated Engineers (Principle Engineers, Research and Advanced Technology Services), Accreditation, the Certification Programs Office and International Certification.
As the head of engineering technology at UL, Mr. Mader was responsible for technical excellence and driving technical innovation across the organization, including developing and implementing consistent, state-of-the-art testing, laboratory, calibration, and instrumentation policies, procedures and practices. His organization led research efforts in key technological areas to UL and UL’s constituencies and determined the appropriate Standards strategy based on business relevancy and support of the UL public safety mission.
In addition, Mr. Mader had global coordination responsibility for UL’s participation in the International Electrotechnical Commission’s (IEC) Conformity Assessment Schemes, other international certification-related activities, and overseeing UL’s standards harmonization work with the IEC and the ISO.
Mr. Mader began his career at UL in 1965 as an assistant engineer in the Electrical Department at UL’s Melville, New York office. In 1984, he accepted a position as UL’s Assistant Chief Electrical Engineer relocating to UL’s corporate headquarters in Northbrook, Illinois. Mr. Mader was promoted to vice president of engineering in 1988. Since that time, he has held several officer positions including senior vice president, certification operations, executive vice president of the Americas Group, and executive vice president, public safety and external affairs.
Mr. Mader is a Certified Product Safety Manager (CPSM) with the International Product Safety Management Certification Board and a senior member of the System Safety Society. He also holds memberships with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the International Association of Electrical Inspectors (IAEI) and the Instrument Society of America (ISA). Other professional distinctions include former Chairman of the National Electrical Safety Foundation (NESF), former Vice President, United Sates National Committee Council (USNC), and US Representative to the IEC Conformity Assessment Board (CAB).
On June 30, 2005, Mr. Mader received the IEC’s 1906 100th Centenary Award for his work with the IECEE for the past 20 years. Created in 2004 by the IEC Executive Committee (ExCo), the 1906 Award was established in commemoration of the IEC’s year of foundation and honors IEC technical experts around the world whose work is fundamental to the IEC. The award also recognizes exceptional and recent achievement, a project or other specific contribution, related to the activities of the IEC and which contributes in a significant way to advancing the work of the Commission.
On October 10, 2006, Mr. Donald A. Mader was awarded The American National Standards Institute’s Howard Coonley Medal, which recognizes an executive that has rendered great service to the national economy through voluntary standardization and conformity assessment and has given outstanding support to standardization as a management tool. Mr. Mader has been a driving force behind the harmonization of international and U.S. national standards in the area of conformity assessment.
On October 26, 2007, Mr. Donald A. Mader was awarded the International Electrotechnical Commission’s Lord Kelvin Award. Created in 1995, the Lord Kelvin Award is granted to individuals who have contributed in an exceptional, dedicated way to the technical work of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) in the field of electrotechnology standardization and related activities, for a significant period of time (five years at least). The award is in honor of the IEC’s first president, The Rt. Hon. Lord Kelvin.
On November 12, 2007, Mr. Donald A. Mader was awarded the National Electrical Manufacturers Association’s Kite & Key Award. Mr. Mader has worked with NEMA for at least 25 years on a variety of activities ranging from conformity assessment to UL follow-up services. He has committed attention and energy toward everything from the NEMA/UL Policy Committee to day-to-day issues involving specific NEMA product sections. Don was and continues to be a trusted resource on the UL staff with whom NEMA staff consult on process issues as well as high-level policy issues. The bestowing of the Kite and Key Award on Don acknowledges the huge contribution that he has made to NEMA, to the NEMA/UL relationship, and to NEMA member companies during his long and distinguished career at UL.
Mr. Mader earned a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York (1965) and a Master of Science degree in engineering management from Long Island University in Greenvale, New York (1973).
Founding Member, William Henry Merrill Society
UL Corporate Fellow
Prior to his retirement from Underwriters Laboratories, Inc., Walter Skuggevig was a senior research engineer in Melville, N.Y. He has a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, and is a licensed Professional Engineer in New York state.
Mr. Skuggevig began his career with UL in 1963. He worked on projects involving industrial control equipment, electronic data processing equipment, and a number of other categories of products until 1969, when he was assigned to the Electrical Division Research. In Research, he worked mainly on the subject of electric shock as it applies to many different product categories, and contributed to the development of requirements for many UL and International Electrotechnical Commission standards.
Mr. Skuggevig served as an investigator for UL under contract with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission in the project “Development of Test Equipment and Methods for Measuring Potentially Lethal and Otherwise Damaging Current Levels.” He participated in the development of new requirements covering electric shock for telephone equipment, electric vehicle charging circuits, power distribution equipment, ground-fault circuit-interrupters, and others. He conducted seminars for UL engineers and for UL customers to share technical information about electric shock.
As part of international standards committees, Mr. Skuggevig developed working relationships with experts around the world through his IEC committee work. These relationships facilitated the development of methods to resolve more complex problems involved in evaluating today’s more complex circuitry. Working with experts from other countries promoted harmonization with the other countries. The exchange of ideas and information resulted in wider understanding of the rationale for North America’s systems, and a better understanding at UL of systems used in other countries.
Mr. Skuggevig was active on technical committees and in advisory groups serving a number of professional associations, including the International Electrotechnical Commission, the National Fire Protection Association, the American National Standards Institute, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. He also is a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers and the International Association of Electrical Inspectors. He has authored or co-authored more than 30 technical papers published in a variety of publications.
Founding Member, William Henry Merrill Society
In August 1980, Michihisa Yamazaki co-founded A-Pex International in Japan to provide application agent services for product safety certification. Over the next 23 years, he helped to build the company into Japan’s leading provider of electromagnetic compatibility evaluation and application agent services.
Under Mr. Yamazaki’s leadership, A-Pex started its EMC operation in November 1992, marketing a one-stop, bundled service for EMC and product safety certification needs. In the 13 years since its inception, the A-Pex EMC operation has grown to become Japan’s largest. Mr. Yamazaki joined UL in 2003 when A-Pex International and UL Japan merged to form UL Apex Company Ltd.
Mr. Yamazaki’s milestone accomplishments include the following activities:
Working with a researcher at NIST, A-Pex studied the use of reverberating chambers, which generate a strong electric field, for EMC testing. A-Pex eventually opened Japan’s first reverberating chamber testing site, offering services to clients in the automotive sector.
Responding to changes and revisions of the European Automotive Directive, Mr. Yamazaki’s EMS group upgraded its service capabilities for registration with the Vehicle Certification Agency in the U.K., Lux Control in Luxemburg and AIB in Belgium.
Mr. Yamazaki also has designed wireless testing services to expand the EMC service portfolio as promising new wireless technological devices have emerged. As part of this effort, he has worked closely with regulatory authorities in various countries, registering UL Apex testing sites to aid conformity with each new wireless standard. To date he has fostered communication with wireless control authorities in more than 80 countries for conducting EMC services.
He implemented certification services for conformance with wireless LAN and Bluetooth standards using short-range wireless technology. In addition, he led the development of SAR testing to evaluate the effect of electromagnetic waves on human body.
Mr. Yamazaki was active as a standards development panel member on the Electric Magnetic Information Security Committee, and the ECONET Committee.
Mr. Yamazaki retired from UL Apex Company Ltd. in June 2007.