George W. G. FerrisGeorge Washington Gale Ferris, Jr.
) graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
in the class of 1881
with a degree in Civil Engineering
. After that, he began a career in the railroad industry and was interested in bridge building. He founded a company, G.W.G. Ferris & Co in Pittsburgh
, to test and inspect metals for railroads and bridge builders. He is most well known for inventing the Ferris Wheel
, constructed for the World Columbian Exposition
in an attempt to create something as impressive as the Eiffel Tower
George W.G. Ferris is a member of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Alumni Hall of Fame, inducted in September, 1998.