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Sonya Bird

Sonya Bird is a senior staff engineer in the Global Standards department of Underwriters Laboratories Inc., and is primarily responsible for coordinating UL's international and regional harmonization efforts. She has been with UL for 15 years, initially working directly with the development and maintenance of UL Safety Standards, and then overseeing the UL harmonization efforts. She is also a Standards Technical Panel (STP) chair for a number of STPs. Sonya served as an alternate to the NEC code-making panel-13 for the 2005 NEC cycle. Sonya holds a BSEE from North Carolina State University.


Global Standards Harmonization

For over a century, Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL) has been developing safety standards. UL recognized early that while testing and certification services are important, it is equally important to devote resources to developing sound technical requirements to be used as a basis for product certification.