Steve Carlisle, PE

Government Sector Leader

Leadership Lead

As Wightman’s Government Market Sector Leader, Steve is responsible for coordinating our business development efforts for our municipal work, focusing on new strategic clients in the regions we serve. His experience includes the analysis, design, and construction management of municipal and private engineering projects including streets, infrastructure, private subdivisions, planning, and parks and recreation facilities. He joined Wightman in 1997 and previously served as the firm's Director of Engineering. He is passionate about mentoring staff as they pursue their project and career goals. He focuses on the team working effectively, meeting client expectations, and having flexibility to enjoy time with family and friends. 

Areas of Focus

  • Transportation projects
  • Municipal infrastructure
  • Construction administration
  • Strategic growth
  • Residential & commercial developments
  • Site design
  • Project Management
  • Employee engagement and management



B.S. Civil Engineering
Michigan State University, Lansing, MI

Professional Training & Registrations

  • Professional Engineer in Michigan
  • Construction Site Certified Stormwater Operator Michigan
  • PSMJ Principals Bootcamp & Project Managers Bootcamp
  • Various Leadership Trainings including: Emotional Intelligence, Crucial Conversations, Catalyst University as well as others.


  • Dowagiac Quality of Life project - Michigan Municipal League Award-Better Streets Better Michigan
  • American Council of Engineering Companies of Michigan (ACEC-MI) 2016 Firm of the Year
  • Graham Woodhouse Award - Indiana Michigan River Valley Trail
  • Midwest Top Design Firm 2020
  • Keep Michigan Beautiful Michigan Award for the Wightman Rain Garden
  • 20 Best Places to Work - Moody on the Market

Affiliations & Memberships

  • American Council for Engineering Companies of Michigan (ACEC-MI)
  • American Council for Engineering Companies of Michigan (ACEC-MI) Transportation Committee contributor
  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)

Personal Note

Steve keeps busy attending his son’s sporting events and is a die-hard Michigan State University football and basketball fan. He is disappointed with his daughter's decision to attend U of M and is in the process of removing her from the will. When the weather is good, you’ll find this master griller making his amazing chicken wings, but don’t expect him to share his sauce recipe with you.

Steve Carlisle Engineering Wightman

Contact Steve Carlisle

Office: 269.487.9712

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