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Jeff Nessler

Jeff Nessler

Chair, Associate Professor

Office: University Hall 308

Jeff Nessler

Jeff Nessler is the Chair and an Associate Professor in Kinesiology. He teaches Motor Control/Biomechanics (KINE 301, 425).



  • 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.


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.


  • 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


View my Curriculum Vitae.

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Professional Service

Sponsored Sessions Chair: INFORMS Annual Meeting 2009, San Diego.

Journal Referee

  • Operations Research
  • Transportation Science
  • Production and Operations Management
  • Naval Research Logistics
  • European Journal of Operations Research
  • International Journal of Production Economics
  • Annals of Operations Research
  • Omega
  • Computers and Operations Research
  • Journal of Mathematical Modeling and Algorithms
  • INFOR: Information Systems and Operations Research
  • International Journal of Information Technology & Decision Making

Journal Editorial Board

International Journal of Information Systems and Supply Chain Management 

International Journal of Applied Management Science 

 University - Level Committees

2012 – 2013 Professional Leave Committee (Member)

2011 - 2012 CoBA Dean Search Committee (Member)

2011 - 2012 Academic Policy Committee (Chair)

2011 - 2012 Academic Senate¿s Executive Committee (Member)

2011 - 2012 Academic Senate (Member)

2010 - 2011 Academic Policy Committee (Chair)

2010 - 2011 Academic Senate's Executive Committee (Member)

2010 - 2011 Academic Senate (Member)

2007 - 2009 University Curriculum Committee (CoBA rep)

2006 - 2007 University Curriculum Committee (At Large)

2005 - 2006 Academic Senate (CoBA rep) 

College - Level Committees

2011 - 2012 MBA Committee (Chair)

2011 - 2012 CoBA Leadership Group (Member)

2010 - 2011 MBA Committee (Chair)

2010 - 2011 CoBA Leadership Group (Member)

2009 - Present Health Information Technology Program Advisory Board (Member)

2010 - 2011 Health Information Technology Program Advisory Board (Co-Chair)

2009 - 2010 MBA Committee (Department rep)

2008 - 2009 MBA Committee (Chair)

2008 - 2009 CoBA Leadership Group (Member)

2007 - 2009 R&D Committee (Department rep)

2002 - 2005 Undergraduate Curriculum Committee (Department rep)

2003 - 2006 Senior Experience Advisory Board (Member)

Department - Level Committees

2012 – 2014 Global Supply Chain Management Program Advisory Board (Co-Chair)

2012 – 2014 Faculty Advisor of Global Supply Chain Management Club 

2009 - Present Global Supply Chain Management Program  Advisory Board (Member)

2005 - 2006 OM Recruitment Committee (Member)

2004 - Present Course Coordinator of Operations Management

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