'Innovation' is the result of effective knowledge creation & transfer (education), plus the enhancement of the gained knowledge (research)
Prof. Dr. Antonio Nieto is a Mining and Earth-Systems Engineer. He is Vice President of Innovation & Technology at Gold Fields. Dr. Nieto has 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 Mining Engineering from Colorado School of Mines, and a BS in Mining Engineering from Guanajuato University.
Previous to his current role, Dr. Nieto served as Professor & Chair in Minerals Resources and Reserves at The University of The Witwatersrand, Johannesburg; as Chief Technology Officer at the CRCMining, Australia, VP of Global Engineering Education with Laureate International, and as Associate Professor at Penn State University in the United States. He actively collaborates with the global mining industry. He has served in different executive roles in the minerals industry, education, and research sector in the United States, Australia, Mexico, and Africa. His research focuses on mining technology innovation, mineral reserves optimization, and mineral economics.
Prof. Nieto is member of Mexico's National Academy of Engineering, and Qualified Professional (QP) by The Mining & Minerals Society of America.