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John Thayer, PE

Principal Engineer

John has over 20 years of consulting experience in water and wastewater infrastructure design. A resource for treatment plant design, pumping systems design, and hydraulics, John enjoys applying this expertise when serving clients as part of a collaborative team.


John was born in the Midwest, grew up in Northern California, met his wife while living in Germany, and now lives San Diego, California, where he can often be found walking on the beach. He also enjoys traveling across Eastern Europe with his wife and in-laws.

Career in your next life: Coast Guard rescue swimmer

What would surprise people about you? I enjoy Latin dancing

Favorite quote: “Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” – St. Francis

Favorite musicians: Israel López Valdés (Cachao) and Howard Jones

Murraysmith Since


Office Location

San Diego, CA


Professional Engineer – CA


MS, Wind Engineering, Kiel University of Applied Sciences

ME, Geological Sciences, Cornell University

BS, Civil Engineering, California Polytechnic St. University