Dr. Nieto is an Earth Systems Engineer. He serves as Vice President of Global Engineering & IT Education at Laureate International Universities. Dr. Nieto also served as faculty at Penn State teaching courses on earth systems, economics engineering, computing modeling, sampling methods, and geostatistcs.
His research focuses on: Resource Extractive Operations Optimization; Technology Innovation, Productivity & Safety; Supply Risk Analysis of Strategic Mineral Resources & Rare Earths; and Sustainable Economic Development in Energy-Minerals Industries.
Dr. Nieto currently offers short-courses around the world on the topics above. Before dedicating his professional life to academia, Dr. Nieto worked for the minerals industry as a foreman, superintendent, and operations manager.
Dr. Nieto holds a PhD in Earth Systems Engineering from Colorado School of Mines, a MS in Geostatistics from Ecole Des Mines de Paris (Paris Tech), a MS in Minerals Engineering from Colorado School of Mines, and a BS in Engineering from Guanajuato University. Nieto has published more than 65 peer-reviewed journal papers, book chapters, and technical articles. Updated publication list available here.