Mueser Rutledge promotes five engineers


By Martha Huguet

Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers has announced the promotion of five engineers on its staff.

A geotechnical and foundation engineer with 23 years of experience, Jan Cermak was promoted to principal. He works across the country and around the world on building, infrastructure, waterfront, and transportation projects and has extensive experience developing innovative foundation and excavation support systems in urban environments. He particularly enjoys working on sites with complex geotechnical conditions.  
Cermak’s expertise comes in a number of specialty areas, including design of ground improvement and earth retention systems, advanced numerical modeling, seismic design, and forensic engineering. He has published and presented worldwide on his geotechnical work.
  • The Johns Hopkins University, PhD, Geotechnical Engineering,1997
  • The Johns Hopkins University, MSc, Geotechnical Engineering, 1996
  • Czech Technical University in Prague, Bachelor in Structural Engineering, 1993 
Notable Projects:
  • Columbia University Manhattanville, New York, NY
  • Record-setting supertall buildings in New York City and Jersey City, including 11W57, 9 DeKalb and 99 Hudson
  • Riverside South Development, New York, NY
  • NYSTA Rehabilitation of North & South Grand Island Bridges, Buffalo, NY
  • VDOT Downtown/Midtown Tunnel, Norfolk to Portsmouth, VA
  • CSX Virginia Avenue Tunnel, Washington DC
  • Mercury City and Eurasia Towers, Moscow
Anthony DeVito was promoted to associate principal. He is a structural engineer with 31 years of experience designing excavation support, bulkheads, and foundations for buildings, large water treatment structures, storage tanks, and transportation facilities. 
DeVito has a special focus on the inspection, rehabilitation, upgrades, and design of piers and other waterfront structures. This specialty covers permitting, analysis of wave forces, ship berthing and mooring forces, and structural upgrades to increase dredge depth. He has pioneered use of precast concrete and repeat pattern designs to improve efficiency of new platform construction, and obtain schedule and cost savings.
DeVito recently took a two-year recess from his MRCE consulting career to support the NYC DOB Forensic Engineering Unit. Anthony became intimately familiar with building codes and emergency response management while giving this public service.  
  • Columbia University, BSCE, 1988
Notable Projects:
  • LaGuardia Airport Runway Extensions, New York, NY
  • Ports of Albany and Renssalaer new wharves and upgrades, Albany, NY
  • Hudson River Park Piers 53, 62, 63, 64, 66 & 97, New York, NY
  • Thames Street Wharf foundations and waterfront structures, Baltimore, MD 
  • Grove Street PATH Station new entrance, Jersey City, NJ
  • Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn, NY
Srinivas Yenamandra was promoted to senior associate. A structural engineer, he has built a 21-year career designing and inspecting structures that interact with the ground. He is experienced in foundation design for all types of buildings and transportation structures in a wide variety of geotechnical conditions. His experience includes design of retaining walls, bulkheads, excavation support, underpinning, structural upgrades and rehabilitation. For the past two years, he has served as the structural engineering group supervisor. 
  • South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, MSCE Structural Engineering, 1999
  • M.S. Ramaiah Institute of Technology, Bangalore, India, BSCE, 1997
Notable Projects:
  • JPMorgan Chase Headquarters (270 Park Ave), New York, NY
  • The Wharf Phase II, Washington, DC
  • Newark Liberty International Airport Terminal One, Newark, NJ
  • Exelon Development, Harbor Point, Baltimore, MD
  • President George Bush Turnpike MSE Wall Stabilization, Dallas TX
  • World Trade Center Tower One, New York, NY
  • LIRR East Side Access, New York, NY
  • Goldman Sachs Headquarters at 200 West Street, Battery Park City, New York, NY
Alessandro Ciamei was promoted to associate. He is a structural engineer with 21 years of experience in analysis, design, and inspection of building foundations and excavation support structures. 
Ciamei provides engineering analysis and design for complex building foundations and has designed and inspected piles and temporary sheeting and shoring systems for projects including buildings and developments, water and wastewater treatment, transportation and marine, and waterfront structures.
  • Manhattan College, BSCE, 2000
Notable Projects:
  • Columbia University Manhattanville Campus, New York, NY – Design and inspection of slurry wall, top down construction, internal bracing, tiebacks and foundations
  • World Trade Center Route 9A Underpass, New York NY – Design of Temporary Trestle for tunnel roof construction
  • NJ Transit Hoboken Train Shed , Hoboken, NY – Structural investigation and design of emergency repairs
  • NYCT New South Ferry Terminal, New York, NY – Design and inspection of excavation support and underpinning systems
  • Imperial Oil Company, Marlboro, NJ – Design of temporary cutoff wall for the excavation and removal of contaminated soil
David Chen was also promoted to associate. He is a geotechnical instrumentation engineer with 14 years of experience in construction inspection and design and implementation of automated remote instruments, monitoring, and interpretation of collected data. 
Chen provides services for a wide range of geotechnical projects and specializes in seismographs, automated total stations, Campbell Scientific dataloggers, and in-place inclinometers for instrumentation design, baseline, and data quality assurance. He implements systems and computer programs for automated monitoring of ground and structure performance.
  • Polytechnic University of Brooklyn, BSCE, 2006
Notable Projects:
  • JPMorgan Chase new headquarters at 270 Park Ave., New York, NY – Design, baseline, and monitoring of Metro North Railroad and East Side Access 
  • Columbia University Manhattanville Campus, New York, NY – Implementation of seismographs, automated total stations, tilt sensors, automated piezometers and in-place inclinometers  
  • 9 DeKalb St., Brooklyn, NY – Instrumentation design and monitoring of a NYCT tunnel and the historic Dime Bank 
  •  LIRR East Side Access Project, New York, NY – Strain gauge and data interpretation to manage column load transfer to new foundations
  • CSX Virginia Avenue Tunnel, Washington, DC – Instrumentation design and specifications for Phase 1
  • The Wharf Phase II, Washington, DC – Instrumentation design and specifications for monitoring of WMATA tunnels and DC Water sewer line  
  • Gotham Center, Long Island City, NY – Design, set up, and monitoring of automated remote systems for vibrations and optical displacement monitoring 
  • 74 Trinity Place, New York, NY – Design, installation, set up, and monitoring of automated seismographs and total stations for two adjacent NYCT tunnels and the landmark American Stock Exchange building 

Based in New York City and founded there in 1910, Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineer is an international foundation engineering firm, With a staff of over 150, MRCE specializes in geotechnical engineering and structural foundation design. For more information, visit