Al Murray is president of Ecoplexus Inc., an automotive technology services company. He has successfully taken many advanced products and technologies from concept through production during his 31 years at Ford Motor Company. His most recent position at Ford was as technology director for the Partnership for a New Generation of Vehicles (PNGV, now FreedomCAR), a government/industry initiative established to develop affordable fuel-efficient vehicles. In this position, he led government/industry teams researching a wide range of technologies including advanced vehicle construction, power trains, fuel cells, batteries, and power electronics. He has also served as chairman and president of the nonprofit Michigan Materials and Processes Institute (MMPI), which sponsored collaborative university and supplier materials research. He has an MBA degree from Wayne State University, and MS and PhD degrees in metallurgical engineering and materials science from Carnegie Mellon University. He is a Fellow of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE), director-emeritus of the SPE Automotive Division, and a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers.