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J. Michael McCarthy

Irvine, CA

J. Mech. Des 128(2), 325 (Mar 01, 2006) (1 page) doi:10.1115/1.2183767 History:
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One of my first initiatives as the new Editor of the Journal of Mechanical Design in early 2003 was to increase the number of Associate Editors, to reduce the individual review management burden. The three-year terms of these colleagues come to an end this year, and I cannot express often enough or strongly enough the importance of their contribution to the success of our research community.

I am pleased to introduce two new Associate Editors, who will serve our community beyond my five-year term as Editor:
  • Philippe Velex, Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Lyon (INSA Lyon) for the Power Transmissions and Gearing Technical Area.
  • Mary Frecker, Pennsylvania State University for the Mechanisms and Robotics Technical Area.

It is an honor to work with such outstanding colleagues throughout the world as they assemble review teams to provide detailed assessments of papers submitted to the Journal of Mechanical Design. This is an ongoing conversation between authors and reviewers that is a hidden benefit of our review process.

Philippe Velex graduated from INSA Lyon (France) in 1984 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He obtained his Ph.D. from the same establishment in 1988. He was appointed Full Professor of Mechanical Engineering in 1998. He is head of the “Mechanical Systems and Contact” research group of LaMCoS (INSA Lyon). His research topics comprise the analysis of interactions between lubricated contacts and the static and dynamic behavior of mechanical systems. Applications include dynamics, power losses, loads and stresses, and lubrication in gears.

Mary Frecker is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Pennsylvania State University. She is a member of the ASME Mechanisms Committee and has chaired the Compliant Mechanisms Symposium since 2002. Dr. Frecker was the recipient of the Mechanisms Committee Freudenstein/General Motors Young Investigator Award in 2002. She also currently serves as Vice Chair of the ASME Adaptive Structures and Material Systems Technical Committee. Dr. Frecker received her BS degree from the University of Dayton and her MS and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Michigan.

Copyright © 2006 by American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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