Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1950. Mediterranean Shipping Company.E., Northwestern University, 1954. Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering, Northwestern University, 1962.
Soils engineer Mueser Rutledge Consultant Engineers, New York City, 1951-1954. Soils engineer C.E., United States Army, Wilmette, Illinois, 1954-1956. Assistant professor civil engineering University Florida, Gainesville, 1956-1962, associate professor, 1962-1965, professor, 1965-1979, adjunct professor, professor emeritus.
Principal Schmertmann & Crapps, Inc., Gainesville, 1979-1997, LoadTest Inc., Gainesville, since 1991, Office John H. Schmertmann Inc., Gainesville, since 1997. Postdoctoral fellow Norwegian Geotechnical Institute, Oslo, 1962-1963. Visiting scientist division building research National Research Council Canada, Ottawa Ontario, 1971-1972.
Fellow American Society of Civil Engineers (branch president 1972, Collingwood prize 1956, Norman medal 1971, State of the Art award 1977, Middlebrooks award 1981, Terzaghi lecturer 1989), Florida Engineering Society. Member National Academy Engineering, American Society for Testing and Materials (subcommittee chairman since 1974).
Married Pauline Anne Grange, August 11, 1956. Children: Carl, Gary, Neil, Joy.