kVA by UL
On June 3, 2019, kVA was acquired by UL. All of kVA by UL’s technical personnel are certified in functional safety. In addition to theoretical knowledge, kVA by UL’s personnel have decades of real-world experience in standards, processes, and functional safety for automotive products. As a certified independent safety expert, kVA by UL offers independent reviews and audits up to the I3 independence level (the highest level as specified in ISO 26262-220.127.116.11). Most importantly, kVA by UL is highly responsive to the needs of our clients. We get the job done for our clients, on time and under budget, on programs where safety is non-negotiable.
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kVA by UL supports and encourages volunteer efforts by employees. The focus of kVA by UL’s volunteer efforts are to encourage STEM education and careers in engineering and science. Over the years we’ve judged robotics competitions, helped teach students K-12 how to build electrical circuits, and provided charitable contributions to several local nonprofit organizations.
As managing director of kVA by UL, Bill Taylor has led a variety of programs in safety assurance for vehicle E/E systems. He has led reviews of autonomous vehicle controller hardware for ASIL D applications, including evaluation of safety mechanisms compared to ISO 26262 specifications. He has also consulted widely to manufacturers of steering systems, transmissions, and engine controllers. Mr. Taylor is a certified UL-CFSX and trains automotive engineers worldwide on the principles of functional safety, risk assessments and ISO 26262.
As managing director of kVA by UL, Jody Nelson has helped global automakers and suppliers achieve functional safety in a wide range of applications. He has broad experience in developing hardware, software, and systems in accordance with ISO 26262. Mr. Nelson served as safety manager for an OEM EV program using a motor at each wheel, where unintended steering due to motor failure was an ASIL D hazard. He successfully applied methods such as FSR/TSR decomposition and software test & assurance methods to achieve safety on this major program. He has also led supplier programs in functional safety, ranging from autonomous vehicle programs to steering assist systems.
Gokul Krithivasan has led safety assurance efforts for multiple safety-critical automotive products. He served as functional safety manager for an ASIL D vehicle controller program for Level 4/5 autonomy. He has been closely involved in framing safety processes for autonomous vehicle programs from the ground up, where safety cases go beyond ISO 26262. Mr. Krithivasan has experience driving safety analyses at system, hardware and software levels for powertrain and autonomy applications. He is a certified UL-CFSX and teaches kVA by UL’s many Functional Safety training courses worldwide.
INDUSTRY MARKETING SPECIALIST
Lauren Frost has seven years of experience leading business development and marketing activities in the field of engineering technology. She is the acting brand manager for kVA by UL and oversees all print and digital media, including content creation for the kVA by UL website. Additionally, she is responsible for coordinating all of kVA by UL’s functional safety trainings internationally, as well as planning annual client events for the automotive industry. Ms. Frost is an active member of the Southern Automotive Women’s Forum and an advocate for STEAM education, dedicating much of her time towards helping shape tomorrow’s youth.
SENIOR HR GENERALIST
Megha Keswani leads all aspects of human resource management for kVA by UL’s employees. As Senior HR Generalist, she oversees talent acquisition, payroll, benefits & compensation, and employee relations for the company’s offices in Michigan, South Carolina, and Oregon. Ms. Keswani is an active member of the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM) and a seasoned human resources professional, bringing over 10 years of experience to kVA by UL. She has proven success in creating cultures of collaboration and ensuring that policies and procedures are applied in accordance with the company’s overall HR strategies. Ms. Keswani also coordinates and oversees financial operations at kVA by UL, spending much of her time fostering client relationships.
As an Engineering Leader for kVA by UL, Angelina Kretz guides kVA by UL clients in their initial adoption of ISO 26262 processes. She has strong experience in autonomous vehicle development, and enjoys finding solutions for the complex technical problems posed by autonomous systems. With 20 years of experience at Detroit based OEMs, Angelina’s product knowledge spans a wide variety of vehicle systems. She finds purpose in sharing that knowledge and learning from others while providing trainings in ISO 26262.
Doug Barnes has helped lead functional safety initiatives with OEMs and suppliers on a wide variety of products, including transmission systems, battery management systems, electronic shifters, trailer brake controllers, electronic steering column lock, and LED driver modules. He has extensive working knowledge of safety analysis and has been involved in nearly every aspect of functional safety, from conducting HARAs down to reviewing requirement verification results. He is also an experienced instructor who has provided many kVA by UL’s ISO 26262 training sessions both in the Detroit area and onsite.