Purpose and Scope:

The Journal of Mechanical Design (JMD) serves the broad design community as the venue for scholarly, archival research in all aspects of the design activity with emphasis on design synthesis. JMD has traditionally served the ASME Design Engineering Division and its technical committees, but it welcomes contributions from all areas of design with emphasis on synthesis. JMD communicates original contributions, primarily in the form of research articles of considerable depth, but also technical briefs, design innovation papers, book reviews, and editorials.

Design automation, including design representation, virtual reality, geometric design, design evaluation, design optimization, risk and reliability-based optimization, design sensitivity analysis, system design integration, ergonomic and aesthetic considerations, and design for market systems; Design of direct contact systems, including cams, gears and power transmission systems; Design education; Design of energy, fluid, and power handing systems; Design innovation and devices, including design of smart products and materials; Design for manufacturing and the life cycle, including design for the environment, DFX, and sustainable design; Design of mechanisms and robotic systems, including design of macro-, micro- and nano-scaled mechanical systems, machine component, and machine system design; Design theory and methodology, including creativity in design, decision analysis, design cognition, and design synthesis


Shapour Azarm, University of Maryland, College Park