Jan Cermak - Principle Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers



Jan Cermak, PhD, D.GE, PE


Jan Cermak, a geotechnical engineer, joined MRCE in 1997. He was promoted to Associate Principal in 2015 and Principal in 2020

He has worked across the country and around the world on building, infrastructure, waterfront, and transportation projects. He has broad experience on complex geotechnical sites, and extensive experience developing innovative foundation and excavation support systems in urban environments. Jan has expertise in a number of specialty areas, including design of ground improvement and earth retention systems, advanced numerical modelling, seismic design, and forensic engineering. He brings his expertise and full commitment to each project, small or large, which has earned him the trust of private developers, foundation contractors, and municipal clients. Jan has published and presented worldwide on his geotechnical work.


  • Czech Technical University-Prague, BS, Structural Engineering, 1993
  • The Johns Hopkins University, MS, Geotechnical Engineering, 1996
  • The Johns Hopkins University, PhD, Geotechnical Engineering,1997

Professional engineering licenses

  • New York
  • Maryland
  • Ohio


  • Transportation Research Board (TRB) - Tunneling Committee (2010-2015), Foundations Committee (2016-Present)
  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Geo-Institute's Computational Geotechnics Technical Committee
  • Deep Foundations Institute (DFI)
  • Council on Tall Buildings and the Urban Habitat (CTBUH)
  • Czech Geotechnical Society (CICE)
  • Underground Construction Association of SME (UCA of SME)
  • Urban Land Institute (ULI), NY Chapter

Notable projects:

  • Columbia University's Manhattanville Campus, New York, NY
  • Riverside South Development and Waterfront Park, New York, NY
  • Queens West Development, Queens, NY
  • Hunter’s Point South Phase 1, Long Island City, Queens, NY
  • Record-setting supertall buildings in New York City and Jersey City, including 11W57, 9 DeKalb and 99 Hudson
  • NYSTA Rehabilitation of North & South Grand Island Bridges, Buffalo, NY
  • VDOT Downtown/ Midtown Tunnel, Norfolk to Portsmouth, VA
  • CSX Virginia Avenue Tunnel, Washington DC