Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) based on Lamb waves, a type of ultrasonic guided waves, is a promising method for in-service inspection of composite structures. In this study mode selective actuators are developed to excite a particular Lamb wave mode in composite plates. Different manufacturing technologies based on monolithic piezoceramics with applied interdigitated electrodes and piezocomposites are described. A mode selective actuator is designed and optimized. Finite element modeling and experimental tests on quasi-isotropic composite plates are performed in order to characterize the mode selectivity of the actuators.© (2011) COPYRIGHT Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE). Downloading of the abstract is permitted for personal use only.