Dustin Nolen PE


Dustin Nolen, PE

With nearly 15 years of experience here at Vista Engineering, Mr. Nolen is an excellent professional engineer. He crafts creative solutions to engineering problems and works to deliver results to clients quickly and efficiently.



Dustin Nolen received a BS in Materials Engineering in 2008 from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). In 2010, Mr. Nolen received his Engineer-in-Training (EIT) certification through the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES). He attained his professional engineers (PE) license through Alabama State Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors in 2016.

Professional Affiliations

Mr. Nolen is a member in good standing of the American Society of Materials International. He held the office of vice-chairman for the Birmingham ASM chapter from 2010 to 2011 where he was responsible for scheduling and organizing meetings and seminars.


• 2004 UAB laboratory – Here he gained experience in materials analysis and testing. 2007 Vista Engineering – Technician in the area of CVD diamond and nano-coating research.
• 2008 became project manager and a graduate engineer of Vista Engineering and VEAR. During this time, Mr. Nolen has co-authored multiple research publications while gaining further experience in engineering mechanics, failure analysis, and computer simulation.
• 2017 named President of Vista Engineering recognizing the growth of his leadership within the company.
• 2020 Became part owner of Vista Engineering along with Dr. Thompson.


nano diamond coating

May 2011 Materials Magazine

Synthesis and Characterization of Multilayered Diamond Coatings for Biomedical Implants

With incredible hardness and excellent wear-resistance, nanocrystalline diamond
(NCD) coatings are gaining interest in the biomedical community as articulating surfaces
of structural implant devices. The focus of this study was to deposit multilayered diamond
coatings of alternating NCD and microcrystalline diamond (MCD) layers on
Ti-6Al-4V alloy surfaces using microwave plasma chemical vapor deposition (MPCVD)
and validate the multilayer coating’s effect on toughness and adhesion.

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Finite Element Analysis

December 2009 Surface and Coatings Technology

Coating thickness effects on diamond coated cutting tools

Chemical vapor deposition (CVD)-grown diamond films have found applications as a hard coating for cutting tools. Even though the use of conventional diamond coatings seems to be accepted in the cutting tool industry, selections of proper coating thickness for different machining operations have not been often studied. Coating thickness affects the characteristics of diamond coated cutting tools in different perspectives that may mutually impact the tool performance in machining in a complex way.
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February 2010, ASME

Chip Clogging in Dry Drilling: Workpiece Temperature Effects

This study investigates the chip clogging phenomenon which occurs in dry drilling of aluminum alloys and composites, and yet, is seemingly critical to the drill life. This issue must be resolved in order to facilitate dry drilling.
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2010 Engineering Magazine

Reading Data From International Medium And Heavy Duty Truck Electronic Control Modules

Currently, electronic control modules (ECMs) manufactured for International medium and heavy duty trucks do not store sudden deceleration data. However, even the most basic International ECMs have data on vehicle speed limits, trip information and fault codes associated with the vehicle mileage and engine run time at the time of accident.
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