The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.

- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


Ryan is studying civil engineering at the University of North Dakota. Amongst the many projects he is currently working on bedsides his education, Ryan is the Executive Director at the Social Justice + Engineering Initiative (SJEI) whom he founded in 2017 to honor his father William Gordon Bentz who past away after losing his battle to cancer in September of 2017. Ryan wants to ensure that his father's legacy lives on in the positive work of SJEI while giving Ryan an opportunity to enact positive technical change in this world with his father in mind.


In mathematics the art of proposing a question must be held of higher value than solving it.

- Georg Cantor


To further Ryan's skills and professional development, Ryan is also seeking project or research opportunities in hydrological, geotechnical, transportation, or the environmental engineering fields. He is also searching out projects that fit within the mission of SJEI. Ryan has a goal of obtaining a Ph.D in engineering and is seeking to solve some of humanity's and the earth's most important engineering and mathematical problems with an emphasis on sustainability/permaculture, climate awareness, as well as social & environmental justice. Feel free to contact Ryan below with any opportunity or comment you may have for him.


Scientists investigate that which already is; Engineers create that which has never been.

- Albert Einstein


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