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Joshua Q. Coburn, John L. Salmon and Ian FreemanJ. Mech. Des 140(4), 042001 ; doi: 10.1115/1.4039006
Sheng Yang and Yaoyao Fiona ZhaoJ. Mech Des 140(3):031702-031702-12. doi:10.1115/1.4038922
As I begin my term (January 2018 to December 2022), as Technical Editor for the Journal of Mechanical Design (JMD), I would like to wish a Happy New Year to all of the journal stakeholders: readers, authors, reviewers, Associate Editors, Guest Editors, and staff. I feel deeply honored and privileged to be appointed by the ASME Executive Committee of the Design Engineering Division (DED) and the Technical Committee on Publications and Communications (TCPC) to serve as the new Technical Editor of JMD. I feel especially honored to assume this role because I have always looked up to the past three Editors, Professors Michael McCarthy (University of California, Irvine, CA, 2003–2007), Panos Papalambros (University of Michigan, 2008–2012), and Shapour Azarm (University of Maryland, 2013–2017), as technical leaders and as role models in the field. Their dedication and leadership have led to the success of JMD, which is viewed as one of the few top journals world-wide in the area of design engineering. I am excited to follow their path, but also challenged to bring the journal to the next level of excellence.
Journal of Mechanical Design serves the broad design community as the venue for scholarly, archival research in all aspects of the engineering design activity and welcomes contributions from all areas of design with an emphasis on synthesis. Example categories of topics include, but are not limited to: (1) design automation, (2) design theory and methodology, (3) design education, (4) design for manufacturing and the life cycle, (5) design of direct contact systems, including cams, gears, and power transmission, (6) design of mechanisms and robotic systems, (7) design of energy, fluid, and power handling systems, and (8) design innovation and devices. The connecting thread among these topics is the emphasis on design, rather than just analysis.
During the past few years, JMD's impact factor has continuously improved, rising to 2.565 in year 2016, and is rated by ISI to be in the top quartile among 130 journals in the mechanical engineering field. The number of annual submissions has steadily increased to close to 870 papers in 2016. In my role as Editor, I will work toward ensuring an efficient, fair, and timely review process while maintaining the journal's high standards for paper quality. My predecessors have established an impressive array of best practices for journal operation, such as streamlining and promoting timely publication of contributions, inviting guest editorial and special issues for promoting emerging design areas, creating an editor's choice award for encouraging high quality work, and developing a new companion website1 as a valuable communication and promotional tool. I will continue these best practices while identifying and implementing new ideas for further advancing JMD.
While it will certainly take me some time to learn about JMD's operations and develop new ideas, there are a few areas I plan to begin working on. First, I will strive to reduce further the review time from submission to publication by working closely with Associate Editors and journal staff. As a part of this effort, I will encourage and facilitate a faster conversion of the ASME conference papers to journal submissions. Second, I will work with international leaders in design engineering to further promote JMD world-wide, especially in regions where the submissions are currently low. Third, I will work on attracting technical leaders in the field to write review articles on key JMD topics. Fourth, to illustrate the relevance and impact of design research on industry practices, I will work to attract more submissions from industry, papers with industrial design applications, and papers on design innovation. Finally, to further bring up the level of scholarship in design research, I will promote the use of rigorous design research methods and raise the awareness of validation protocols.
The past decade has seen a continued growth of interdisciplinary design research, beyond the traditional scope of mechanical design, that involves a wide range of engineering and nonengineering disciplines, e.g., materials science and engineering, mechanics, social science, arts and architecture, economics, market research, computer and information science, and communication studies, to name a few. Real design problems are not defined solely by technical concerns. They involve individuals, groups, organizations, and societies that call for cross-disciplinary collaborations and research. JMD will continue to embrace interdisciplinary design research topics and encourage submissions from teams of interdisciplinary researchers who work on theories and methods to support the design of emerging engineered systems.
The success of JMD is based on the scholarly contributions of authors, dedicated reviewers, staff members supporting the journal, and our board of Associate Editors and Guest Editors who are leaders in their respective technical areas. The current Associate Editors include Oscar Altuzarra, Christina L. Bloebaum, Massimo Callegari, Dar-Zen Chen, Xiaoping Du, Scott Ferguson, James K. Guest, Katja Holtta-Otto, Harrison Kim, Nam H. Kim, Mian Li, Mohsen Kolivand, Gul E. Okudan Kremer, Yu-Tai Lee, Christopher Mattson, Samy Missoum, David Myszka, Ettore Pennestri, Carolyn Seepersad, Rikard Soderberg, Irem Tumer, G. Gary Wang, Paul Witherell, and Hai Xu. Guest Editors include Raymundo Arroyave, Andres Tovar, and Yan Wang. I thank all of the Associate and Guest Editors for their dedicated service to the journal. I am also pleased to let you know that Ms. Amy Suski, who has assisted the most recent Editor Shapour Azarm, is willing to continue on as Assistant to the Editor. During the past five years, JMD has benefited enormously from her experience in assisting the Editors of multiple journals.
In summary, I am excited about this new opportunity to serve ASME and the broad technical community of engineering design. I look forward to working with every one of the JMD stakeholders to bring the journal to the next higher level of excellence.
Harrison Hyung Min Kim, Ying Liu, Charlie C.L. Wang and Yan WangJ. Mech. Des. 2017;139(11):110301-110301-3. doi:10.1115/1.4037943.
Toumadher Barhoumi and Dongsuk KumJ. Mech. Des 139(8), 083301; doi: 10.1115/1.4036583
The design of engineered materials and structures is a growing and increasingly impactful field of research that intersects materials science, engineering design, engineering mechanics, manufacturing, and data science. The overarching goal is to accelerate the discovery of new materials for engineering applications. The approach compliments a traditionally empirical, trial-and-error approach to discovery with an inverse, requirements-driven approach that strategically leverages material databases, simulations and engineering design algorithms and methods to synthesize new materials and structures. Papers are sought that integrate materials modeling, data collection, simulation, and prediction capabilities with engineering design methods, principles, algorithms, and tools to enable the design of new materials and structures. To be appropriate for this special issue in the Journal of Mechanical Design (JMD), papers must demonstrate an intellectual emphasis on engineering design.
J. Mech. Des 139(10), 100901; doi: 10.1115/1.4037555
Now in its 40th year of existence, ASME's Journal of Mechanical Design has covered a wide range of topics on behalf of the Design Engineering Division. The past 40 years have seen countless advances in mechanical design, developing new knowledge in areas ranging from simulation to representation to communication, among others. These advances have often been complemented by similar advances in manufacturing, and traditional manufacturing processes such as machining and injection molding have been investigated heavily by the engineering design community. Today, however, we are in the midst of a paradigm shift. Whereas design methods in the past sought to overcome the design constraints imposed by manufacturing technologies, emerging digital manufacturing processes are removing many of these barriers and introducing new ones that are not yet fully understood. As a result, the additional degrees-of-freedom offered via selective (multi-) material addition/subtraction have exceeded our current design proficiencies. Additive manufacturing (AM) is at the forefront of this shift, and our engineering design software, methods, and tools are struggling to keep pace.As many readers know, AM provides unprecedented freedom for designing and engineering parts that are fabricated layer-by-layer. AM enables novel designs for a wide array of uses and applications in a range of industries, including aerospace, consumer goods, defense, energy, and medical, among others. Components can be easily light-weighted with topology optimization and lattice structures, complex assemblies can be consolidated into single 3D-printed geometries to reduce manufacturing complexity, and multimaterial fabrication techniques made possible by several AM processes enable never before seen functionally graded materials. In short, AM is changing not only what we design but also how we design, and a recent National Science Foundation Workshop on Additive Manufacturing Education and Training revealed that Design for Additive Manufacturing was the most pressing need for (re)training the engineering workforce. Consequently, this Special Section explores recent advances in the theories, methods, tools, and guidelines in Designing for Additive Manufacturing (DFAM). These contributions are empowering engineers to design and realize new parts, products, and systems that leverage AM processes' full capabilities, and in turn, are accelerating the adoption and application of AM technology.This Special Section is the second of its kind within the Journal of Mechanical Design, following the 2015 Special Issue: Design for Additive Manufacturing: A Paradigm Shift in Design, Fabrication, and Qualification. Since the previous issue, AM has maintained a high level of interest and continues to flourish as design and manufacturing technology have advanced at a feverish pace. America Makes, the first Manufacturing USA Institute, remains a strong advocate for AM technology, providing numerous partnership opportunities for industry and academia to join forces to help accelerate AM adoption. The Additive Manufacturing Standards Collaborative has documented the needs for Design for AM standards and development. Meanwhile, DARPA's transformative design (TRADES) program was established to advance the foundational mathematics and computational tools required to generate and better manage the enormous complexity of design in today's increasingly digital manufacturing environment. Finally, companies like Autodesk, Dassault, Parametric Technologies Corporation, and Siemens are in a neck-and-neck race to field integrated computer-aided design, modeling/simulation, and process planning software support for AM.Like the previous special issue, we have aimed to present readers with state-of-the-art research regarding DFAM in this special section. The papers in this special section can be categorized into three broad categories: (1) Review of State-of-the-Art, (2) Advances in State-of-the-Art, and (3) DFAM Case studies. Together, these papers highlight the advancements made in the past 2 years in DFAM in the engineering design community. This snapshot of where we currently stand as a design community, and how AM technologies are driving advances in new design paradigms and industrial applications, demonstrates how far we have come within a short period of time. The industrial adoption of AM continues to expand, with numerous companies now using AM processes to produce end-use artifacts in large quantities. AM technologies and material capabilities have continued to rapidly improve, and in turn, have continued to spur new opportunities for design theory, methodology, and automation.We expect that this will not be the last Special Issue or Special Section on Design for Additive Manufacturing—only the latest. As industry increasingly recognizes AM as viable production technology and integrates it within their existing manufacturing process chain, the need for expanding the mechanical design capabilities for engineers is sure to follow.
Dipanjan Ghosh, Andrew Olewnik, Kemper Lewis, Junghan Kim and Arun LakshmananJ. Mech. Des 139(9), 091401 (Jul 12, 2017); doi: 10.1115/1.4036780
Christopher McComb, Jonathan Cagan and Kenneth KotovskyASME doi:10.1115/1.4037308
I am pleased to announce the Journal of Mechanical Design's (JMD's) Editors' Choice Paper Awards for the years: 2014, 2015, and 2016.Back in May 2014, I wrote an Editorial in JMD titled: “Announcing JMD's Annual Best Paper Award Guidelines.” In that editorial, I outlined the procedures we planned to follow to choose a yearly best paper from papers published in JMD in that year. However, after much further thought and input from the design engineering community, including many JMD Associate and Guest Editors and Editors of other ASME journals, I have decided to call this award: “Editors' Choice Paper Award.” The words “Editors' Choice” were used to refer to the Associate Editors (AEs) and Guest Editors (GEs) involvement in the nomination and selection process.Let me review the process of selecting the editors' choice paper(s). First, the AEs and GEs involved with the journal in a particular year were asked to nominate papers from those published in JMD in that year. Next, AEs and GEs were asked to vote on the nominated papers. Finally, a three-member committee from current and/or former AEs was formed to finalize the selection. The charge to the committee was to select one or more papers from JMD papers published in each of the years 2014, 2015, and 2016 and which were nominated and voted on by AEs/GEs.As stated in my 2014 Editorial, the selection criteria used were based on (i) fundamental value of the contribution, (ii) expectation of archival value (e.g., expected number of citations), (iii) practical relevance to mechanical design, and (iv) quality of presentation. The selection committee informed me that in addition to these criteria, it considered the following two criteria: “The breadth of interest and applicability” and “whether the paper addressed an emerging area or an area of immediate interest in the community.” With its final selection, the committee also indicated that: “while we had strong consensus around the papers that were selected, we wanted to make sure that taken as a body the three papers represented a variety of communities and interests (e.g., we did not want three optimization papers or three gear train papers).”I am now pleased to inform you that the selection committee has finalized and informed me of their selection of Editors' Choice Paper Awards for each of the years 2014–2016, as listed below:
Each author of these papers will receive a plaque in recognition for their award. Also, all three papers can now be accessed FREE online at ASME's Digital Collection homepage.Please join me in congratulating the authors of these papers. I also would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the current and former AEs and GEs who participated in the nomination of the papers and voted on them. In particular, I want to thank the selection committee who had to carefully read through a large number of the papers and collectively make their final choices!While I anticipate that there will be room for improvement in the selection process, I am hoping that the Editors' Choice Paper Award becomes a JMD tradition and an annual event. Shapour Azarm, Technical Editor
Shanglong Zhang and Julián A. NoratoJ. Mech. Des 139(8), 081403 (2017); doi: 10.1115/1.4036999
Hairong Wang; Shaowei Fan; Hong LiuJ. Mech. Des. 2016; 139(1):012304-012304-12doi: 10.1115/1.4034837
Luis A. Vasconcelos; Carlos C. Cardoso; Maria Sääksjärvi; Chih-Chun Chen; Nathan CrillyJ. Mech. Des. 2017; 139(3):031101-031101-13doi: 10.1115/1.4035540
Jan Andrysek; Matthew J. Leineweber; Hankyu LeeJ. Mech. Des. 2017; 139(3):035001-035001-7doi: 10.1115/1.4035372
Giovanni Scirè Mammano and Eugenio DragoniJ. Mech. Des 139(1), 015001; doi: 10.1115/1.4034401
November, 2016 | Volume 138 | Issue 11
Christine A. Toh, Andrew A. Strohmetz and Scarlett R. MillerJ. Mech. Des 138(10), 101105; doi: 10.1115/1.4034107
ASME, Journal of Mechanical Design (October 2016)doi:10.1115/1.4034269
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