Five years ago, I was given the opportunity to serve the Journal of Mechanical Design as its Editor. My term of service is now drawing to its close, and I am truly delighted to welcome Professor Shapour Azarm of the University of Maryland as the new JMD Editor starting January 2013. Professor Azarm is a highly respected researcher and academic with a long history of distinguished service to ASME and the design community; his leadership and our outstanding board of committed associated editors put the journal in excellent hands to continue to serve you all.

So what was it like to serve JMD and what did I learn from that experience that might be useful to others?

While I did not realize it at the time, my training in design thinking served me well as I assumed my duties. My first challenge was the desire...

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