Antonio Nieto, PhD, Associate Professor of Earth Sciences and Mining Engineering at Penn State University. Dr. Nieto worked in the mining industry as a mine foreman, mine superintendent, mine manager, and as VP of engineering in both underground and surface mines. His research focuses on geo-spatial characterization and mineral economics in the minerals industry. He holds a BS in Mining Engineering from Guanajuato School of Mines, a MS in Geostatistics from Ecole Des Mines de Paris, and a MS and PhD in Earth Systems Engineering from Colorado School of Mines. Dr. Nieto is currently working on minerals project valuation, mining productivity, and rare-earths-mineral Economics.
Nieto is a qualified professional (QP) by the Mining and Metallurgical Society of America with expertise in mineral extraction and ore reserves. His publications and books include, a book chapter on underground mining methods in the latest edition of the SME Mining Engineering Handbook (2011), Supply and Demand Geo-economic Analysis of Mineral Resources of Rare Earth Elements (2012), Assessment Tools, Prevailing Issues, and Policy Implications of mining Community Sustainability in China (2011), Comparison of Typical Regulatory Mechanisms for Improving Global Mine Safety (2011), Key Deposit indicators (KDI) and Key Mining Method Indicators (KMI) in Mining Method Selection (2010), Risk Assessment of Safety Violations for Coal Mines (2010), GPS and Google Earth Based 3D Systems In Surface Mines (2010), The Effects of Legislation on Mine Safety Technology and Innovation in the U.S. (2008), and others.
Nieto offers short-courses around the world on ore reserve and mine planning optimization, ore resource estimation, sustainable development, and other mining engineering related topics including economics engineering, geostatistics, and mine design. Nieto has written more than 40 publications on Mining, Mine Safety, Mining Innovation, Mineral Economics, and Rare Earths. He is actively working with the mining community and mining industry on socioeconomic development issues.