MPGE alumnus Toby Deen has been named as a recipient of the 2016 New Faces of Engineering awards by DiscoverE. This award honors up-and-coming engineers under 30 years old who are making their mark on their chosen industry, and are recognized for having dedicated themselves to using their skills to help create a better world. It is a top honor for young engineers to be nominated for this awards by their peers in the engineering community.
Deen is an operations engineer with Devon Energy. He believes that access to affordable energy is a key element for economic prosperity and the main driver for increased quality of life and living standards around the world. He develops systems, processes and strategies for extracting oil and gas from the ground in the safest and most efficient ways possible. Ever mindful of the power of mentoring, and to show his gratitude to those who mentored him, Toby is committed to paying it forward. He started the OKC SPE Future Trailblazers Mentoring Program, a program that connects local professional mentors with engineering students who don’t have industry contacts. Toby is also a director for Hope Retreat Ranch, a non-profit he and his family started in 2011. Hope Retreat Ranch provides equine-assisted activities for children with disabilities to improve motor skills, decrease anxiety, and educate visitors about animals and nature.