Tom Russell, Al Murray, Fred Deans


Allied Composite Technologies LLC was founded by a team of senior executives with extensive backgrounds in research, marketing, manufacturing, and product development at global Fortune 500 companies.  This team was created to take advantage of highly developed skills in product development and materials technology, and use those capabilities to assist our clients.  In December 2018, Al Murray and Tom Russell elected to retire, and Fred Deans is continuing as the owner and manager of the company.


Founders include:


  • Frederick Deans
    Frederick (Fred) Deans has over 40 years’ of sales/marketing, technical service, manufacturing, business development, and business management experience at companies like General Electric and Pittsburgh Plate Glass (PPG) working in the automotive, architectural, and industrial market segments.

    Deans is an expert in product evaluation, processing, production, and product engineering, and in coordinating new product introductions. He has had many accomplishments throughout his career. Notable among these was his work engineering the development of an automotive glass-forming process, introducing monolithic tempered privacy glass for sport-utility vehicles (SUVs), development of the first unidirectional GMT composites for new-generation automotive bumper systems, and managing a next-generation long-fiber thermoplastic composite development (D-LFT) for underhood (IFES, underbody shields) and off-road vehicle load floors.

    He is a current member of the Board of Directors of the Society of Plastics Engineers’ (SPE’s) Automotive and Composites Divisions, past chair of the SPE Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition (ACCE), and an SPE Honored Service Member.

    Deans holds an MBA degree from University of Pittsburgh and a BSME from Valparaiso University and is a Registered Professional Engineer.   In 2015, he was named the SPE Automotive Division's Lifetime Achievement Award winner.  


  • Allan Murray PhD
    Dr. Allan (Al) Murray is an experienced senior manager of research, manufacturing and product development who successfully guided many advanced products and technologies from concept through production during his 31 years at Ford Motor Co.

    He has an in-depth understanding of materials and processes, and extensive experience in technology collaboration.

    He was Ford’s technology director for the Partnership for a New Generation of Vehicles (PNGV), 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 also served as chairman and president of the non-profit Michigan Materials and Processes Institute (MMPI), which sponsored collaborative university/industry materials research.

    Murray holds a Ph.D. in Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science from Carnegie Mellon University, an MBA from Wayne State University, and a BS in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of British Columbia.

    He is a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) and a Fellow and Honored Service Member of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE).  In 2010, he was named the SPE Automotive Division's Lifetime Achievement Award winner.


  • Thomas Russell
    Thomas (Tom) Russell has over 35 years of experience with leading manufacturing enterprises, and has an extensive background in plastic materials and processes.

    For 15 years, Russell was employed by the Lear Corporation, one of the world’s largest automotive suppliers. At Lear, he held the positions of vice-president of Advanced Engineering - Interior Products Division, vice-president of Interior and Electronic Advanced Products, vice-president of Product Engineering for Electrical and Electronic Products, director of Advanced Sales, director of Six Sigma Deployment, director of Consumer Research and Analysis, and director of Research.


Prior to joining Lear, Russell spent a decade at GE Plastics where he held a variety of engineering and marketing management positions. He began his career at Ford Motor Company as a product engineer.


Russell holds a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Caltech, an MBA degree from the University of Michigan, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Penn State University.


He is a member of several professional organizations, was a Registered Professional Engineer from 1979 to 2015, and holds a U.S. patent. 


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