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Virginia Tech's Mueller receives friendship award from China
Date:10/15/2010

Virginia Tech Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering Rolf Mueller received the Friendship Award of the People's Republic of China, considered China's highest honor for "foreign experts who have made outstanding contributions to the country's economic and social progress."

Zhang Dejiang, vice-premier of China, made the presentation to Mueller during a ceremony in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Mueller was also the invited guest at a reception and state banquet of China's Premier Wen Jiabao to celebrate the National Day of the People's Republic of China.

Mueller was cited for his involvement in the opening of a new international laboratory based at Shandong University in eastern China. Mueller held a professorship at Shandong University before he joined the Virginia Tech faculty in 2008.

The new laboratory focuses on bio-inspired research. During the past summer, the lab was used by an interdisciplinary group of researchers from the University of Utah, North Carolina State University, and University of California Los Angeles to conduct experiments on the extraordinary capabilities of bats to generate high-powered ultrasonic pulses.

Mueller's aspiration in teaching is to bridge the gap between disciplines, especially between biology and engineering.

Mueller's research is focused on the understanding of how the most capable biological sensory systems can achieve their best performances. His recent achievements include: providing the first physical explanation for the role of a prominent flap seen in mammalian ears in 2004; discovery of a novel helical scan in the ear directivity of a bat in 2006; discovery of frequency-selective beam-forming by virtue of resonances in noseleaf furrows of a bat, an entirely
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Contact: Lynn Nystrom
tansy@vt.edu
540-231-4371
Virginia Tech
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