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Andy Nieto

Assistant Professor
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Graduate School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Phone: (831) 656-6075


Dr. Nieto is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) in Monterey, California. Current research interests focus on the development of advanced ceramic and metallic matrix composites, synthesized via additive based techniques, such as cold spraying and 3D printing. New composite coatings and alloys with enhanced corrosion and wear resistance are envisioned for use in austere marine environments. Prior to joining NPS, Dr. Nieto was an Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) Postdoctoral Fellow at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory, where he worked on the development of high temperature ceramics and coatings, and the understanding of environmental particulate (CMAS) attack mechanisms. Other past and present research interests include nanomaterials (synthesis, mechanical, functional behavior), scalable processing (thermal spray, sintering, additive manufacturing), novel biomaterials (structural, tissue engineering), tribology (low wear/friction materials), nanomechanics, UHTCs and MAX phases, and carbon nanoparticle reinforced composites (GNP/CNT/ND reinforced polymer/metal/ceramic matrix). Dr. Nieto earned his Ph.D. in Materials Science & Engineering (MSE) from the University of California Davis in 2016, and his M.S. in MSE from Florida International University in 2013. Dr. Nieto received an undergraduate degree in Aerospace engineering from the University of Miami.
NPS Experience
  • 2018 - current: AD-1701-03
Other Experience
  • 2018 Assistant Professor, Naval Postgraduate School
  • 2016 - 2018 ORAU Postdoctoral Fellow, US Army Research Laboratory
  • 2016 - 2016 Graduate Student Researcher, University of California Davis
  • 2015 - 2016 Teaching Assistant, University of California Davis
  • 2015 - 2015 Visiting NSF EAPSI Fellow, Yonsei University
  • 2013 - 2015 Eugene Cota-Robles Doctoral Fellow, University of California Davis
  • 2013 - 2013 Research Engineer, Florida International University
  • 2012 - 2012 Teaching Assistant, Florida International University
  • 2011 - 2013 Research Assistant, Florida International University
Research Interests
Nanocomposites, ceramics, coatings, high entropy alloys, environmental degradation, tribocorrosion, nanoindentation, sintering, additive processing
Teaching Interests
Materials science, corrosion, materials characterization, mechanical properties, composites, phase transformations, Heat transfer


  • 2017 - 2017 Nanomaterials and Energy Prize, Institution of Civil Engineers
  • 2016 - ORAU Postdoctoral Fellowship, Oak Ridge Associated Universities
  • 2016 - Eugene Cota-Robles Fellowship, University of California - Davis
  • 2015 - East Asia & Pacific Summer Institute (EAPSI) Fellow, National Science Foundation
  • 2015 - UC Davis Graduate Student Travel Award, University of California - Davis
  • 2013 - Most Outstanding Masters Graduate Award, FIU College of Engineering and Computing
  • 2013 - TMS Student Travel Grant, The Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society
  • 2012 - FIU Graduate Student Association Travel Grant, Florida International University
  • 2011 - FIU Graduate Minority Opportunity Program Fellowship, Florida International University

Boards, Memberships, & Certifications

Licensures and Certifications
  • 2012 Fundamentals of Engineering (FE), Florida Board of Professional Engineers