|Alumni Hall of Fame
Alfred P. Boller
Class of 1861
Expert in Bridge Engineering
Alfred P. Boller was one of the giants among civil engineers who were responsible for the great progress in bridge building following the Civil War. Boller was an expert in steel construction and did much to advance the art of bridge design and construction in America. Also an expert in foundations, he served as structural contractor on railroads and buildings, including New York City's new high-rise towers. Boller designed and built many of the largest bridges in the country in his time. He pioneered in the development of swing bridges, building them to record-setting lengths. He also designed the longest cantilever bridge and the longest simple span bridge.
In all of his works he paid great attention to architectural details and urged his colleagues to do the same. He was a leader in civic and professional organizations, and past president of the Rensselaer Alumni Association. At his death he was regarded as one of the world's foremost structural engineers and bridge engineering experts who contributed enormously to the profession.