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J. Michael McCarthy

Irvine, CA

J. Mech. Des 128(5), 1025-1026 (Sep 01, 2006) (2 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2345028 History:
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Over the past several years authors who have published in the Journal of Mechanical Design have recognized the recent work by their colleagues to such an extent that the journal impact factor jumped from 0.4 references in 2004 per paper published in 2002 and 2003, to over 1.2 references in 2005 per paper published in 2003 and 2004.

Probably, the easiest explanation for this jump is that in 2003, the Associate Editors of JMD made a commitment to complete the review process in less than six months per paper. Despite a near doubling of the submissions over the past three years, the average time to closure of the review process has approached four months per paper. Clearly, this timely review ensures that our authors are able to reference the most recent articles published in the journal.

Please thank all of our colleagues who serve as Associate Editors for this service to our research community. In particular, I would like to express my gratitude for the service of Professors Wei Chen, John Clarkson, and Clive Dym, who complete their terms as Associate Editors this October 2006. We have all benefited from their hard work and leadership on behalf of the journal.

I am honored to announce that we have four new Associate Editors, who have been reviewed and approved by both the Design Engineering Division Executive Committee and the ASME Publications Committee. They are:
  • John Gershenson , Design Theory and Methodology, Michigan Technological University
  • Jeffrey Herrmann , Design for Manufacturing, University of Maryland, College Park
  • Timothy Simpson , Design Automation, The Pennsylvania State University
  • Janet Allen , Design Theory and Methodology, The George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Savannah
I look forward to excellent service by these new Associate Editors, who will continue beyond my term to serve the next Editor of the Journal of Mechanical Design.

John Gershenson is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics at Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Michigan, and directs the Life-cycle Engineering Laboratory.  Professor Gershenson performs research in the areas of life-cycle product architecture and lean and sustainable design and manufacturing.  Specific research interests include: product and process architecture, product platforms, modular product design, lean manufacturing, lean engineering, life-cycle design, and design for the environment.  Research sponsors include NSF, General Motors, Ford, Lucent Technologies, SME, and ALCOA.  He has over 30 refereed publications and has been the PI on research projects with a total value of about $2.5 million.

Jeffrey W. Herrmann is an Associate Professor at the University of Maryland, where he holds a joint appointment with the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Institute for Systems Research. Dr. Herrmann earned his B.S. in Applied Mathematics from Georgia Institute of Technology. As a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow from 1990–1993, he received his Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the University of Florida. He is the director of the Computer Integrated Manufacturing Laboratory. He is a member of INFORMS, ASME, IIE, SME, and ASEE.

Timothy W. Simpson is a Professor of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering and Engineering Design at the Pennsylvania State University. He received his Ph.D. and MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech in 1998 and 1995, and his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University in 1994. His research and teaching interests include product family and product platform design, product dissection and concurrent engineering, and multidisciplinary design optimization. He is a member of the ASME Design Automation Executive Committee and the AIAA Multidisciplinary Design Optimization Technical Committee.

Janet Allen is an Associate Professor in the G.W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Tech–Savannah. Dr. Allen is also the Director of the Systems Realization Laboratory at Georgia Tech, www.srl.gatech.edu. Janet Allen's current research interests are design evolution, materials design, and design under uncertainty. She is especially interested in methods with rigorous foundations in mathematics, physics, and computer science.   Dr. Allen and her students have published more than 70 refereed journal articles and participated in numerous conferences. Dr. Allen is a Fellow of the ASME and the Chair of the Design Theory and Methodology Technical Committee of the Design Engineering Division of ASME.

Copyright © 2006 by American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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