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Jeff Nessler

Classes Taught At CSUSM

  • KINE 202 - Introduction to Kinesiology
  • KINE 301 - Motor Control and Learning
  • KINE 303 - Statistics and Research Methods
  • KINE 305 - Movement Anatomy
  • KINE 425 - Biomechanics of Human Movement

Education and Professional Background

  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Northwestern University and Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
  • Ph.D. Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of California, Irvine
  • M.S. Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of California, Irvine
  • M.A. Kinesiology, San Diego State University
  • B.S. Sports Medicine, Pepperdine University

Dr. Nessler was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion at Cal Poly Pomona from 2006-2008.  In addition, he has taught courses for Pepperdine University, Chapman University, and Vanguard University.

Jeff Nessler
Chair, Associate Professor

University Hall 308 

Surf Research Website

Dr. Nessler's CV


Dr. Nessler conducts Biomechanics and Motor Control related research at CSUSM. His research is focused on two main areas:

The control and mechanics of human walking, with an emphasis on rehabilitation following neurological disease. Much of his work involves the development and use of robotic devices that can 1) assist with the study of human movement, and 2) potentially be used in a clinical setting to facilitate rehabilitation. This work has been supported by grants from both the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.

The human performance aspects of surfing, with an emphasis on the mechanics of the prone paddling stroke. Current research questions include the effects of wearing a wetsuit on paddling stroke trajectory and the influence of board volume on paddling efficiency. This work is in collaboration with Dr. Sean Newcomer and multiple CSUSM students. This work has also been supported by multiple partners from the surf industry.