Wahyu Lestari

Associate Professor Aerospace Engineering
Aerospace Engineering Department
Prescott College of Engineering
Prescott campus

Areas of Expertise

Structural Health Monitoring, Damage Detection, Composites

  • Ph.D. - Doctor of Philosophy in Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • M.S. - Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering, Delft University of Technology

  • AE 418: Aerospace Structures II
  • ME 399: Spec Topic Mech Engr

  • AE 318: Aerospace Structures I
  • AE 418: Aerospace Structures II
  • AE 416: Structures and Instrumentation Lecture
  • AE 417: Structures and Instrumentation Lab
  • ES 202: Statics
  • ES 322: Aerospace Engineering Failure Lecture
  • ES 323: Aerospace Engineering Failure Lab

Journal Publications:
  • W. Lestari, B. Pinto, V. La Saponara, J. Yasui, and K. J. Loh, Sensing Uniaxial Tensile Damage in Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Composites Using Electrical Resistance Tomography, Smart Materials and Structures, July 2016, vol. 25, DOI: no. 8. http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/0964-1726/25/8/085016
  • La Saponara, V., Farrugia, A, Lestari, W, and Muliana, A, Analysis of ultrasonic waveforms from smart sandwich composite structures  under creep bending at elevated temperature, International Journal of Solids and Structures, May 2014 vol. 22 no. 8 739-755.
  • La Saponara, V., Brandli,C., Arronche, L., and Lestari, W., Gabor wavelet transform contours for the detection of uniaxial tensile damage in woven fiberglass/epoxy composites, Mechanics Research Communications, Volume 62, December 2014, Pages 138-145.
  • Tang, H-Y., Winkelman, C., Lestari, W., La Saponara, V, 2011, Composite Structural Health Monitoring Through Use of Embedded PZT Sensors, International Journal of Intelligent Materials and Structures, May 2011 vol. 22 no. 8 739-755.
  • La Saponara, V., Horsley, D., and Lestari, W., 2011, Comparative Study of Structural Health Monitoring of Glass/Epoxy Composite Plates using PZT and PMN-PT sensors, ASME Journal of Engineering Materials and Technology 133 (1), art. no. 011011.
  • Qiao, P.Z., Lu, K., and Lestari, W., 2008, A Combined Static/Dynamic Technique for Damage Detection of Laminated Composite Plates, Experimental Mechanics, 48(1): 17-35
  • Qiao, P., Lu, K. Lestari, W., and Wang, J, 2007, Curvature Mode Shape-based Damage Detection in Composite Laminated Plates, Composite Structures, 80(3): 409-428.
  • Qiao, P., Lestari, W., Shah, M.G. and Wang, J, 2007,  Dynamics-based Damage Detection of Composite Laminated Beams using Contact and Noncontact Measurement Systems, Journal of Composite Materials,  May 2007; vol. 41, 10: pp. 1217-1252
  • Lestari, W., Qiao, P., and Hanagud, S., 2007, Curvature Mode Shape-Based Damage Assessment of Carbon/Epoxy Composite Beams, International Journal of Intelligent Materials and Structures, March 2007; vol. 18, 3: pp. 189-208.

Conference Papers/Presentations:
  • Wahyu Lestari, Rachael Bradshaw and Kevin Horn, Strain Sensing in CFRP Composites by Digital Image Correlation and Electrical Resistance Measurement , ASME 201 International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition, Tampa, FL, November 2017.
  • Wahyu Lestari, Valeria La Saponara and Sam Siewert, Strain And Damage Monitoring Technique For CFRP Composites Using Electrical Resistance Tomography And Digital Image Correlation, ASME 2016 International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition, Phoenix, AZ, November 2016.
  • W. Lestari, B. Pinto, J. Yasui, V. La Saponara, and K. J. Loh, Sensing of Tensile Damage in Composites Using Electrical Conductivity Tomography Measurements, ASME 2015 International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition, Houston, TX, November 2015.
  • Wahyu Lestari, Brian Pinto, Yingjun Zhao, Valeria La Saponara, and Kenneth J. Loh, Electromechanical strain sensing through electrical resistance tomography measurements, ASME 2014 International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition, Montreal, Canada, November 2014.
  • Valeria La Saponara, Anaïs Farrugia and Wahyu Lestari, Wave Propagation and Creep Behavior of Smart GFRP Sandwich Composites, ASME 2014 International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition, Montreal, Canada, November 2014.
  • Wahyu Lestari, Alexander Winton Siavash Peiday Saheli, Steven Kern, Lars Mortensen, Valeria La Saponara, Kenneth J. Loh, Experimental study on the thermo-mechanical behavior of spray-on nanocomposite sensors, ASME 2013 International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition, San Diego, California, November 2013.
  • Anais Farrugia, Valeria La Saponara, and Wahyu Lestari, 2012, Wave Propagation and Creep Behavior of Smart GFRP Sandwich Composites, 49th Annual Technical Meeting of the Society of Engineering Science, Atlanta, Georgia, October 2012.
  • La Saponara, V, Lestari, W., Winkelman, C., Arronche, L., Tang, H-Y., 2010, Fatigue Damage Identification in Composite Structures Through Ultrasonics and Wavelet Transform Signal Processing, the 2010 QNDE Conference, San Diego, California, July 2010.
  • Lanning, D., Lestari, W. and Waterhouse, S., 2010, A Laboratory-Based Course in Aerospace Engineering Failure, the 2010 ASEE Zone IV Conference, Reno, Nevada, March 2010.
  • Lanning, D., Lestari, W. and Waterhouse, S., 2010, A Unique Undergraduate Laboratory-Based Course in Engineering Failure, the ASEE Annual Conference in Louisville, Kentucky, June 2010.

​American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)



ERAU Faculty Innovative Research in Science and Technology (FIRST) Program (2016 – 2017)

National Science Foundation CCLI program for development of a new innovative course (2009 - 2011)

Collaborative research with UC Davis funded by National Science Foundation (2007-2011)

ERAU Faculty Research Development Program, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018