2018 Scholarship Award Recipients

The American Public Works Association’s Central Coast Chapter was proud to announce our 2018 scholarship award recipients during our last monthly Chapter Luncheon. The Chapter was able to award three separate $3,000 scholarships to deserving students interested in careers in the public works field. The following recipients were recognized for this honor:

  1. Agustin Soto, Intern for the City of Santa Barbara

  2. Austin Catlin, Intern for the County of Santa Barbara, Project Clean Water

  3. Dylan Carstens/Luke Coyne/Brycen Killion/Andrea Schmidt/Jordan Smith, Interns for Granite Construction

Below are summaries of the roles, responsibilities, and knowledge each of these recipients were able to gain through this experience.

  1. Agustin Soto, City of Santa Barbara

  • Entering and updating information on Cartegraph OMS, an operation management software used to identify and schedule street segments proposed for capital pavement maintenance projects.  This software helps to eliminate potential conflict, and provide better coordination with other City divisions (water resources, facilities, transportation, etc.) for current and future pavement work, including pavement cut moratorium.

  • Processing consultant and contractor invoices and progress payment requests, and creating and updating project payment spreadsheets.

  • Preparing draft Request For Proposals for Construction Management Services, Environmental Monitoring Services, and Design Support Services During Construction for the De La Guerra and Quinientos Street Bridge Replacement Projects.

  • Updating the Highway Bridge Program Master Schedule using Microsoft Project

  • Responding to various Labor Compliance Public Record Requests.

  • Attending weekly construction meetings to prepare meeting minutes.

  • Miscellaneous scanning and filing of project documents.

  • Miscellaneous record drawing searches.

  • Assembles project contracts to be routed and executed.


Agustin provided his point of view on the knowledge gained during his time with the City. “The City of Santa Barbara offered an engineering internship that not only allowed me to learn government and project management procedures, but also reminded me of how important soft skills are in the work force. There’s so many large projects currently under construction or in the design phase that it’s easy to lose track of your tasks. This internship helped me to polish my organizational and prioritization skills.  I now carry a note pad everywhere to keep record of any important information received. I also categorize emails by color depending on the urgency and time required to complete the task.  Doing so helps me produce the highest work quality product for the City of Santa Barbara.”

  2. Austin Catlin, County of Santa Barbara 

Austin provided support for Project Clean Water by:

  • Conducting field surveys,

  • Assisted in GIS Mapping, and

  • Report/data preparation

Austin learned during the internship how to implement Onland Visual Trash Assessment methodology and ArcCollector for field and data collection. This allowed Austin to create ArcGIS maps from this data for the County’s use. Additionally, Austin assessed creek conditions for illegal discharges, prepared storm water quality data information into reports, and attended meetings with Santa Barbara area storm water managers (SBCAMM) and weekly meetings with Water Resource staff at the County. Based on feedback from Austin’s supervisor, Bree Belyea, the County was appreciative of Austin’s efforts and greatly enjoyed the time they were able to spend with Austin.

  3. Dylan Carstens/Luke Coyne/Brycen Killion/Andrea Schmidt/Jordan Smith, Granite Construction    


As part of Granite’s Intern Rotational Program, the above mentioned five students were able to support Granite in its Materials Production/Asphalt Plan Operations business area in their Santa Maria, Buellton, and Santa Barbara locations. The interns are pursuing various majors including Civil Engineering, Geology, and Construction Management. Below is the list of universities these individuals were attending during this internship:

Dylan Carstens - University of Nevada – Reno

Luke Coyne - Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Brycen Killion - University of Northern Arizona

Andrea Schmidt  - UC Berkeley

Jordan Smith  - Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

As part of the luncheon, we were fortunate to have Dylan speak about his experience with Granite and how positive internships are to students.

The American Public Works Association’s Central Coast Chapter celebrates the accomplishment of these individuals and greatly appreciates the participation with local agencies and consultants providing support for public works. We look forward to continuing this program and awarding more scholarships in 2019!


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