At the Mechanisms & Robotics Awards Luncheon held September 2, 2009 in San Diego, CA, Dr. Larry L. Howell, Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Brigham Young University, received the 2009 ASME Mechanisms & Robotics Award. At the luncheon, Professor Howell distributed copies of a compilation of essays from the ASME Mechanisms & Robotics community and the compilation was accompanied by the following comments.