Dr. Antonio Nieto is Vice President of Global Engineering & IT with the Laureate International Universities. Leading the development, growth, and academic excellence of engineering and information-technology academic programs within Laureate's global network. Dr. Nieto offers short-courses around the world on mineral extraction engineering, mineral resource estimation, investment decision making, and economics engineering.
Before his current role Dr. Nieto worked at Penn State and Virginia Tech as professor of mining & minerals engineering offering courses on earth systems, engineering economics, and computer applications. His research focuses on mineral-extractive engineering & optimization, geo-spatial characterization, and mineral economics.
Dr. Nieto holds a BSc in mining engineering from Guanajuato School of Mines, a MSc in geostatistics from Ecole Des Mines de Paris, and a MSc in mining engineering from Colorado School of Mines and PhD in earth systems engineering from Colorado School of Mines.
Before dedicating his professional life to academics & research, Dr. Nieto worked for the minerals extractive industry as a mine foreman, mine superintendent and mine manager in both underground and surface mines.
Nieto has published more than 60 technical journal papers. His publications include, a chapter on "Underground Mine Design" (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. The complete list of Dr. Nieto's publications is available here.