Justus Ortega, Ph.D

Excellence in Teaching Award: Tenure-Track, 2013-14
Department of Kinesiology & Recreation Administration

The goal is simple – to help athletes be as healthy and safe as possible.

Recognized nationally for his head trauma studies and concussion testing techniques, Justus Ortega utilizes his ability as a researcher to dispense knowledge in a passionate, yet practical, manner. 

Director of HSU’s Biomechanics Lab, Ortega also teaches biomechanics and structural kinesiology. Student evaluations have ranked his teaching effectiveness at the top of the scale for five straight years.

Selected for Humboldt State’s Excellence in Teaching award for 2014, Ortega has been praised by students for instilling the confidence that aided the development of their own research skills. Outside the classroom, Ortega makes himself available to students for advice and instruction on a wide variety of topics, from writing code for data analysis to learning how to network with professionals.