Last year, I appointed an Ad-hoc committee that consisted of Professor Jon Cagan (CMU), Professor Panos Papalambros (University of Michigan), Professor Jim Schmiedeler (University of Notre Dame), and Professor Janis Terpenny (Iowa State University). Professor Papalambros, the last Editor of Journal of Mechanical Design (JMD), served as the chair of the committee. The charge to the committee was to devise guidelines for the selection of the JMD’s Annual Best Paper Award. The goal of the award is to promote JMD submissions that are of the highest quality and impact.

The committee submitted its report in November 2013. I would like to take this opportunity and thank the committee members for their dedicated service. Their report is the basis for the guidelines presented in this Editorial. A copy of the report was forwarded to the JMD’s Editorial Board, the Design Engineering Division’s (DED’s) Executive Committee, other...

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