Gulf States Engineering (GSE), founded in 1998, is a full-discipline engineering firm licensed in 39 states with offices in Gulfport, Mobile, and Nashville.


  • Tim Morris


    President & CEO Civil/Structural Engineer 

    With more than 40 years of experience, Tim specializes in project management in heavy industry including steel, process and manufacturing sectors. He has been involved in numerous site selections for major industrial projects. Tim obtained a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Dayton and a Master’s in Business Administration from Tulane University.

  • Tom Wade

    Dr. John T. Wade, PE, FPE

    Vice President
    Fire Protection Engineer & Mechanical Engineer 

    With more than 29 years of experience, Tom specializes in fire suppression system design, HVAC and plumbing design, and project management. He obtained a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Mississippi State University, a Master’s in Fire Protection Engineering from the University of Maryland and a doctorate in Engineering from the University of South Alabama.

  • Karen Brown

    Karen L. Brown, PE

    Vice President
    Structural Engineer

    Over 20 years of experience specializing in heavy industrial projects including heavy equipment foundations, mill buildings and staff support facilities, Karen obtained a Bachelor of Science in both Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering from Mississippi State University.

  • Lane Sesi

    S. Lane Sesi, PE

    Vice President
    Project Management
    Structural Engineer

    Over 15 Years’ Experience Specializing in project management and structural engineering ranging from steel structures for heavy industrial to coastal structures in hurricane prone areas, Lane obtained a bachelor’s of science in Architectural Engineering Technology from the University of Southern Mississippi and a bachelor’s of science in Civil Engineering from the University of South Alabama.

  • Justin Thibodeaux

    Justin Thibodeaux, PE

    Vice President
    Mechanical Engineer

    Over 10 Years’ Experience Specializing in HVAC, Plumbing and Process design for a variety of projects including commercial office buildings, government facilities, hotels and manufacturing plants. Justin obtained his bachelor’s of science in Mechanical Engineering from Mississippi State University.


  • Alison Franklin

    Allison Franklin, NCIDQ

    Document Control
    Department Manager
  • Amber Harvey

    Amber Harvey

    Director of Finance
  • Angela Peoples

    Angela Peoples

    Director of Human Resources
  • Brent Stubstad

    Brent Stubstad, PE

    Director of Operations
  • Brian Colmone

    Brian Colmone, PE

    Electrical Engineering Department Manager
  • James Bass

    James Bass

    Director of Information Technology
  • Jeff Dunnam

    Jeff Dunnam

    Process Engineering
    Department Manager
  • Michael Morris

    Michael Morris

    Survey Department Manager
  • Paul Welch

    Paul Welch, PE

    Mechanical Engineering Department Manager
  • Stephanie Groves

    Stephanie Groves, PE

    Civil Engineering
    Department Manager


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As the construction engineer for $5 Billion in manufacturing capital investments over the last six years, GSE understands the unique requirements to deliver a coordinated, constructible and economical design.

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GSE’s robust team has a record of meeting the most aggressive construction-driven schedules. As project requirements change, we can supplement our project staff to ensure that we meet your project deadlines.

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GSE has the skills to deliver design-build projects with maximum efficiency, at a minimum cost. Most of our lead design and management team have been with GSE for more than 10 years. The collective experience and proficiency of the GSE team is an unquantifiable benefit.

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GSE’s success is attributed to building long-term relationships with our clients. We are determined to develop and maintain our relationship with you by providing a level of service unparalleled by other 
design firms.


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Gulf States Engineering, Inc. is dedicated to building long-lasting partnerships with our clients. We do this by following our core principles, earning trust, and consistently exceeding expectations on all projects. We’re proud of our 90% repeat client rate and always strive to maintain that trust. Our core principles are the foundation of how we work together with our clients.

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    At GSE, the paramount focus is on our clients’ needs. Every project is approached as a collaborative partnership. We foster enduring relationships by attentively listening to our clients’ requirements and delivering innovative, intelligent, and cost-effective solutions.

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    GSE is dedicated to crafting and implementing pragmatic, efficient, and budget-conscious solutions. Assisting our clients in their growth journey forms the basis of a mutually beneficial partnership, opening doors to future opportunities.

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    GSE is unwavering in its commitment to providing disciplined project management, superior technical expertise, and unwavering quality across all our projects. Our team thrives on collaboration and is driven to not only meet but exceed your expectations.


2018 S&P Global Platts Award Finalist (EOR)

GSE is currently the Lead Engineer of Record for Braidy Industries’ new $1.4B facility under construction in Ashland, KY.

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2016 Engineering Innovation Award for Fire and Life Safety Design

Siemens named GSE as the winner of its second annual Engineering Innovation Award for fire and life safety design at Airbus America’s A320 Final Assembly Line.

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2015 Alabama Engineering Project of the Year

GSE provided full engineering design services for Airbus’s FAL Logistics and Service building as part of the $400M facility completed in 2015 and awarded a LEED Silver certification.

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2015 Kentucky Industrial Project of the Year

GSE provided all engineering services for the Bilstein Cold Roll facility project recognized by the KY Chamber of Commerce as the year’s largest industrial capital investment project in KY.


  • AABC Commissioning Authority Certification
  • Engineering Intern
  • AL Statewide Unlimited License Electrician
  • AVO Certified Substation Technician
  • Coast Guard Authorized Certifying Entity for Facility Vapor Control Systems
  • DOT Hazmat Certification
  • FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot Certification
  • Fiber Optic Technician Certification
  • Fire Code Official Certification
  • Functional Safety Expert Certification
  • Fire Protection Engineering Technologist Certification
  • Hazwoper 40 Certification
  • Human Engineering / Ergonomics in Process and Automation Control Certification
  • Journeyman Electrician
  • LEED Accredited Design Professional
  • Layers of Protection Analysis Certification
  • Lead Paint Abatement Certification
  • Level 3: Siemens Mechatronic Systems Professional Certification
  • National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying Certification
  • National Council for Interior Design Qualification
  • Nuclear Power Engineering Supervisor, Reactor Control & Power Generation Operator
  • OSHA 30 Construction Certification
  • OSHA PSM & EPA RMP Compliance Certification
  • PHA Team Leader Certification
  • Professional Engineer
  • Qualified Credentialed Inspector Certification
  • Registered Communications Distribution Designer Certification
  • Risk Management Professional Certification
  • S-88 Batch Process Certification
  • SIL Selection Specialist – ISA Certification
  • SolidWorks Associate Certification
  • Transportation Worker Identification Credential
  • UTC Level 2 and 3 Certified Fiber Optic Professional
  • Water Based Systems Layout NICET Certification