Dr. Luciano Demasi

Dr. Luciano Demasi

Academic Affairs
College of Engineering
Department of Aerospace Engineering



Primary Email: [email protected]


Primary Phone: 619-594-3752


Engineering - 307
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182



Luciano Demasi received Ph. D. in Aerospace Engineering in 2004 (Politecnico di Torino University, Turin, and University of Washington, Seattle). He has been a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Washington’s Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics in Seattle. Currently, he is the Graduate Adviser(Department of Aerospace Engineering and Computational Science Research Center) at the San Diego State University.

His main research interests are in the fields of Composite Structures, Computational Solid Mechanics, Static and Dynamic Aeroelasticity, Steady and Unsteady Aerodynamics, Reduced Order Models for Nonlinear Aeroelastic Problems, Unconventional Wing Configurations, Aeroelasticity of Flapping Wings.


  • Ph.D., Politecnico di Torino


  • Aerospace Structures
  • Aeroelasticity


  • L. Demasi, G. Monegato, A. Dipace, R. Cavallaro “Minimum Induced Drag Theorems for Joined Wings, Closed Systems, and Generic Biwings. Part I: Theory”, Journal of Optimization Theory and Applications,Vol. 169, 1, pp-200-235, 2016
  • L. Demasi, G. Monegato, E. Rizzo, R. Cavallaro A. Dipace, “Minimum Induced Drag Theorems for Joined Wings, Closed Systems, and Generic Biwings. Part II: Applications”, Journal of Optimization Theory and Applications, Vol. 169, 1, pp-236-261, 2016
  • R. Cavallaro, L. Demasi “Challenges, Ideas, and Innovations of Joined-Wing Configurations: A Concept from the Past, an Opportunity for the Future”, Progress in Aerospace Sciences, in press, 2016
  • L. Demasi, E. Santarpia, A. Dipace, R. Cavallaro, R. E. Gordnier, “High-fidelity Simulations of a Flexible Flapping Wing in Forward flight”, AIAA Journal, Vol. 54, 9, pp-2768-81, 2016
  • R. Cavallaro, R. Bombardieri, L. Demasi, A. Iannelli “PrandtlPlane Joined Wing: Body Freedom Flutter, Limit Cycle Oscillation and Freeplay Studies”, Journal of Fluids and Structures, Vol. 59, No. 11, pp. 57-84, 2015
  • L. Demasi, Y. Ashenafi, R. Cavallaro, E. Santarpia “Generalized Unified Formulation Shell Element for Variable-Stiffness Composite Laminates and Aeroelastic Applications”, Composite Structures, Vol. 131, pp. 501-515, 2015
  • R. Cavallaro, A. Iannelli, L. Demasi, A. M. Razón “Phenomenology of Nonlinear Aeroelastic Responses of Highly Deformable Joined Wings”, Advances in Aircraft and Spacecraft Science, Vol. 2, No. 2, pp. 125-168, 2015
  • L. Demasi, R. Cavallaro, F. Bertuccelli “Post-Critical Analysis of Joined Wings: the Concept of Snap-Divergence as a Characterization of the Instability”, Journal of Fluids and Structures, Vol. 54, pp. 701-718, 2015.
  • L. Demasi, A. Dipace, G. Monegato, and R. Cavallaro, “Invariant Formulation for the Minimum Induced Drag Conditions of Non-planar Wing systems”, AIAA Journal, Vol. 52, No. 10, pp. 2223-2240, 2014.
  • R. Cavallaro, L. Demasi, A. Passariello “Nonlinear Analysis of PrandtlPlane Joined Wings: Effects of Anisotropy”, AIAA Journal, Vol. 52, No. 5, pp. 964-980, 2014.