It is my pleasure to present the inaugural issue of the Journal of Micro- and Nano-Manufacturing (JMNM). The mission of this new journal is to disseminate original theoretical and applied research in the areas of micro- and nanomanufacturing to researchers in academia, national laboratories, as well as researchers and developers in industry.

Research activities in the micro- and nanomanufacturing areas have dramatically surged since the early 2000s due to the accelerating trend toward miniaturization and the new findings and discoveries in nanoscience. However, the publication venues lack of a focused manufacturing journal to address the need. Most manufacturing journals are all-inclusive. JMNM addresses the emerging need for a forum of new findings and discoveries in nonlithographic based micro- and nanomanufacturing processes and systems.

JMNM invites works in the areas of, but not limited to: unit micro- and nanomanufacturing processes; hybrid manufacturing processes combining bottom-up and top-down processes; hybrid manufacturing processes utilizing various energy sources (optical, mechanical, electrical, solar, etc.) to achieve multiscale features and resolution; high-throughput micro- and nanomanufacturing processes; equipment development; predictive modeling and simulation of materials and/or systems enabling point-of-need or scaled-up micro- and nanomanufacturing; metrology at the micro- and nanoscales over large areas; sensors and sensor integration; design algorithms for multiscale manufacturing; life cycle analysis; and logistics and material handling related to micro- and nanomanufacturing. Papers addressing special needs in emerging areas, such as biomedical devices, drug manufacturing, water, and energy, are also encouraged.

The first issue truly reflects the objectives of JMNM. Papers in this issue address topics ranging from various unit micromanufacturing processes for creating desired surface patterns, to surface metrology and the effect of surface roughness on micropart manipulation to machining of nanocomposites, and to nanomanufacturing methods for piezoresistive sensors. Authors in this first issue come from three major continents, North America, Asia, and Europe.

The launch would not be possible without authors’ submissions, the wisdom and efforts from our editorial board members (Prof. S. Dimov of the University of Birmingham of U.K., Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. U. Engel of Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg of Germany, Prof. N. X. Fang of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Prof. L. Lin of the University of California-Berkeley, Prof. D. Lucca of Oklahoma State University, Prof. J. R. Mayor of the Georgia Institute of Technology, Prof. B. J Nelson of ETH Zurich of Switzerland, Prof. H. Ohmori of RIKEN Advanced Science Institute of Japan, and Prof. A. Sharma of the Indian Institute of Technology at Kanpur of India), the encouragement from two previous technical editors of the ASME Journal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering (Prof. S. Kapoor of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and Prof. K. Ehmann of Northwestern University), the support of ASME technical divisions led by the Manufacturing Engineering Division, and the dedication from the journal assistant (Karina Vargas) and ASME journal staff members.

We believe that Journal of Micro- and Nano-Manufacturing will create a critical mass for easy access to the state-of-the-art research results in the areas specified above. It is our sincere hope that it will help to link the manufacturing community to fields such as design, computational methods, mechatronics, materials, and basic sciences to address technical challenges in energy, health, environment, and society. We accept submissions of research papers as well as technical briefs.

Once again I thank you all for the opportunity, and I look forward to receiving your suggestions, submissions, and support as a reviewer to advance the field of manufacturing, a key pillar of our society!