Okeechobee City Administrator Marcos Montes de Oca was selected as a UF/IFAS Agricultural and Biological Engineering department Outstanding Young Alumnus Recipient on April 1, 2021.
Recipients of the Distinguished Alumnus/Alumna Awards are ABE alumnus or alumna (undergraduate or graduate) who have excelled in their chosen field or have performed outstanding service for the profession.
Marcos Montes De Oca, president, MDO Engineering, Inc., obtained his Bachelor of Science in Agricultural and Biological Engineering in 2000 and his Master of Engineering in 2001. After graduating, Montes De Oca worked as a consultant in agricultural and civil engineering. In 2012, Montes De Oca became the City of Belle Glade Public Works Director and established MDO Engineering, a boutique engineering firm. Currently, Montes De Oca serves as a City Administrator for the City of Okeechobee and the President of MDO Engineering.
Montes De Oca earned his Bachelor of Science in Agricultural and Biological Engineering in 2000 and his Master of Engineering in 2001. His experience at the University of Florida molded his into the professional that he is today.
During his professional career, Montes De Oca has been involved in many organizations, including the Florida Engineering Society, Leadership Palm Beach County Class of 2015 , Leadership Glades Class of 2014 , American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, Okeechobee Kiwanis International, and Brother of Okeechobee Masonic Lodge.
Montes de Oca said, "This was awesome news, and I am humbled. Best part about this, I’m still considered 'young!'"