Dr. Antonio Nieto, with The Penn State University, worked in the minerals industry in both underground and open-pit operations before dedicating his professional life to research and academia. His research focuses on natural resource characterization and mineral economics. He holds a BS in mining engineering from Guanajuato School of Mines, a MS in geo-statistics from Ecole Des Mines de Paris (Paris Tech), and a MS and PhD in earth-systems engineering from Colorado School of Mines. Dr. Nieto is currently working on earth systems engineering, productivity optimization , and mineral (rare-earths) economics.
Nieto is a qualified professional (QP) by the Mining and Metallurgical Society of America with expertise in mineral extraction and ore reserves. Nieto offers short-courses around the world on ore reserve and mine planning optimization, ore resource estimation, sustainable development, and other earth engineering topics including engineering economics and geostatistics. Nieto has written more than 50 publications and book chapters on production safety, engineering innovation and mineral & rare earths economics. He is actively working with the global minerals-engineering industry on socioeconomic development issues.
His publications and books include, a chapter on underground mining in the latest edition of the SME Mining Engineering Handbook (2011), "Supply and demand analysis of rare-earths", "Assessment tools, prevailing issues, and policy implications of sustainability in China mining-communities", "Comparison of typical regulatory mechanisms for improving global mine safety", "Key deposit indicators and key ore-extraction indicators in mineral extraction", "Risk assessment of safety violations for coal mines", "GPS and google-earth systems in surface mines", "Effects of legislation on mine safety technology and innovation in the USA" and more. For the complete list of Dr. Nieto's publications click here.