It is a pleasure to introduce this double issue of the Journal of Mechanical Design, which contains the supplement on Robust and Reliability-Based Design edited by Profs. Shapour Azarm and Zissimos Mourelatos. This combination of invited and contributed papers provides a timely description of the state of the art in this important area of mechanical design research.
I am pleased to announce that the ASME Publications Committee has recommended that in 2007 the Journal of Mechanical Design move to 12 monthly issues with a total of 1400 pages. Recall that in 2003 our journal consisted of four quarterly issues totaling 700 pages. We now receive about 450 submissions per year, and benefit from reviews provided by colleagues around the world.
Managing this review process are 21 Associate Editors, each with a three-year term. It is easy to estimate that seven associate editors will retire each year, and as of this issue, Profs. Kyung K. Choi, Suresh Ananthasuresh, Q. Jeffrey Ge, Erol Sancaktar, David Kazmer, and Michael Savage have completed their excellent service to our research community.
I am honored to announce that Profs. Ashitava Ghosal, Zissimos Mourelatos, and Jose Rico were nominated by the Design Division Executive Committee and approved by the ASME Publications Committee to begin their terms of service. Their photographs and biographies are below.
The effort of each of our associate editors is rewarded only by our recognition of the critical role that they play in the success of our research community. Please join me in expressing deep gratitude for the service of our outgoing associate editors, and in welcoming the commitment of our new associate editors.