Greetings to our stakeholders: readers, authors, reviewers, associate editors, guest editors, past editors, staff, and all others who have contributed to the success of the Journal of Mechanical Design (JMD). It is a privilege to be selected as the new Editor of this prestigious journal. I am both honored and challenged with assuming the responsibilities of this position.

I am honored because my predecessor, Professor Panos Papalambros of the University of Michigan, together with the board of Associate Editors and staff members, has done a superb job over the last five years serving the journal and our design engineering community. As Editor-in-Chief of JMD, Professor Papalambros put in place an impressive array of best practices such as streamlining and promoting timely publication of contributions in emerging design areas, producing insightful and enjoyable monthly editorials, guest editorials, and yearly special issues, and creating a new companion...

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