Eugene (Gene) J. Resch, PE, LEED-AP
Director, Civil Engineering
It’s really satisfying, seeing things built that we’ve designed.
Master of Engineering
University of South Carolina
Columbia, South Carolina
Bachelor of Science, civil engineering
University of Wisconsin
National Society of Professional Engineers
American Society of Civil Engineers
I hope our clients know they can trust us to keep their best interests at heart, that they can just call to see what kind of value we can bring to the project or business. We’re approachable. We’re here to help.
As the tenth of twelve children, Gene Resch is no stranger to the concept of teamwork. Sharing responsibilities with eight sisters and three brothers on a second-generation family dairy farm, he became intimately acquainted with the need to accommodate disparate personalities and balance competing needs while working together to achieve common goals.
On a farm, he says, there is a lot of homegrown engineering – you do everything yourselves, including building sheds and barns and repairing equipment. That’s why it’s in Gene’s nature to connect with clients as individuals and get involved with them as teammates.
But Gene’s professional ambitions extended past the farms and fields of Wisconsin, so he joined the US Army, looking for adventure. When the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, the military-administered test designed to identify strengths and recommend occupational specialties, directed him toward engineering, it seemed a sensible choice. The Army, as it turned out, had other, more immediate ideas; instead, he was assigned to a tank crew in Fort Riley’s 1st Infantry Division. Not content to sit in a tank, he volunteered to join the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Battalion, a.k.a. the bomb squad, which the Army calls “the culmination of the best tactical and technical training the Army and civilian academia can provide.” After serving for nearly a decade, including duty at Fort Riley, Kansas, and Fort Belvoir, Virginia, plus breaks to earn a college degree, Gene became a civil engineer.
Rising through the ranks at two respected civil engineering/surveying firms and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, Gene gained extensive experience in roadway design; industrial and residential subdivision and site layout; site grading; water, sewer and storm drainage design; stormwater management; erosion and sediment control; water and sewer design; and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) flood plain studies.
As the state airport engineer at the South Carolina Division of Aeronautics – where he worked under Bill Carlisle, one of the founders of Carlisle Associates – he reviewed airport improvement plans and conducted construction inspections at the state’s general aviation airports, as well as administered FAA and state grants. In 1996, he joined Carlisle Associates as director of civil engineering and was elected to a second term as president in 2016.
With a Missouri-born wife and family and friends spread all across the US, Gene now spends less time flying his Cessna 172 Skyhawk and more time aboard commercial flights, including a bit of international travel when schedules permit. Chasing after their toddler grandchild is becoming a favorite sport, and he gets back to his roots by planting and tending his ever-expanding vegetable garden. Gene is also cultivating the next generation of engineers as an adjunct instructor at Midlands Technical College, where he teaches print reading and AutoCAD courses to evening and Continuing Education students.