List of States by number of Professional Engineers per Capita

Apparently no one has created this list yet, so I compiled the data for the number of Professional Engineers per capita by state. Wyoming, the state with the smallest population, has the most number of Professional Engineers per capita while New York has the least.

Colorado is 17th and Washington is 18th, furthering my theory that the two states are somehow linked to each other.



State Population Total PE PE per 1000
Wyoming 576412 6091 10.57
Delaware 917092 7300 7.96
North Dakota 699628 5073 7.25
Alaska 731449 4632 6.33
Vermont 626011 3739 5.97
New Hampshire 1320718 6374 4.83
Maine 1329192 6200 4.66
Idaho 1595728 7300 4.57
Hawaii 1392313 6123 4.40
South Dakota 833354 3585 4.30
West Virginia 1855413 7828 4.22
Kansas 2885905 11835 4.10
Nebraska 1855525 7262 3.91
Rhode Island 1050292 3987 3.80
Oregon 3899353 14744 3.78
Nevada 2758931 10163 3.68
Colorado 5187582 18661 3.60
Washington 6897012 24678 3.58
Louisiana 4601893 16000 3.48
New Mexico 2085538 7140 3.42
Mississippi 2984926 9701 3.25
Virginia 8185867 26598 3.25
Utah 2855287 9118 3.19
South Carolina 4723723 15000 3.18
Maryland 5884563 18655 3.17
Alabama1 4822023 14567 3.02
Missouri 6021988 17501 2.91
Iowa 3074186 8500 2.76
Kentucky 4380415 12043 2.75
Arkansas 2949131 8072 2.74
Oklahoma 3814820 10000 2.62
Arizona 6553255 17136 2.61
North Carolina 9752073 23099 2.37
California 38041430 90000 2.37
Tennessee 6456243 15171 2.35
Massachusetts 6646144 15588 2.35
Connecticut 3590347 8200 2.28
Ohio 11544225 26071 2.26
Michigan 9883360 21564 2.18
Pennsylvania 12763536 27839 2.18
Texas 26059203 56000 2.15
New Jersey 8864590 19000 2.14
Minnesota 5379139 11440 2.13
Georgia 9919945 19997 2.02
Florida 19317568 38750 2.01
Montana 1005141 1900 1.89
Indiana 6537334 11362 1.74
Wisconsin 5726398 8905 1.56
Illinois 12875255 19708 1.53
New York 19570261 27218 1.39


P.S. I successfully passed the Law & Ethics Exam part of the Washington State Professional Engineering licensing process. It’s interesting because it’s an open book exam with links to the applicable RCW and WAC, so really more of a class under the guise of an exam.

  1. includes retired and inactive status 

Life Tips

I’m posting this because I agree with them and because I want to remember them. I especially like number 6 (about failing), and it’s been part of my unofficial New Years Resolution to fail gracefully more. This is author Nassim Nicholas Taleb list of top life tips:

  1. Scepticism is effortful and costly. It is better to be sceptical about matters of large consequences, and be imperfect, foolish and human in the small and the aesthetic.
  2. Go to parties. You can’t even start to know what you may find on the envelope of serendipity. If you suffer from agoraphobia, send colleagues.
  3. It’s not a good idea to take a forecast from someone wearing a tie. If possible, tease people who take themselves and their knowledge too seriously.
  4. Wear your best for your execution and stand dignified. Your last recourse against randomness is how you act – if you can’t control outcomes, you can control the elegance of your behaviour. You will always have the last word.
  5. Don’t disturb complicated systems that have been around for a very long time. We don’t understand their logic. Don’t pollute the planet. Leave it the way we found it, regardless of scientific ‘evidence’.
  6. Learn to fail with pride – and do so fast and cleanly. Maximise trial and error – by mastering the error part.
  7. Avoid losers. If you hear someone use the words ‘impossible’, ‘never’, ‘too difficult’ too often, drop him or her from your social network. Never take ‘no’ for an answer (conversely, take most ‘yeses’ as ‘most probably’).
  8. Don’t read newspapers for the news (just for the gossip and, of course, profiles of authors). The best filter to know if the news matters is if you hear it in cafes, restaurants… or (again) parties.
  9. Hard work will get you a professorship or a BMW. You need both work and luck for a Booker, a Nobel or a private jet.
  10. Answer e-mails from junior people before more senior ones. Junior people have further to go and tend to remember who slighted them.

The TimeOnline also did a great article that’s worth a read: Nassim Nicholas Taleb: the prophet of boom and doom.

via BoingBoing


Unsolved Problems

Alright team, let’s get cracking:


Another Wikipedia gem: a list of unsolved problems from a number of different fields, including linguistics, physics, and computer science. (via lone gunman)

I think my favorite problem deals with the existence of one-way functions, also called hash functions1:


One-way functions are easy to compute but hard to invert. Although there are several candidates for which no good (i.e. quick) reverse algorithms are currently known, it hasn’t yet been proven that any function exists for which no such reverse algorithms exist.
If one-way functions do not exist then public key cryptography is impossible. Their existence would imply that many complexity classes are not learnable, and that P≠NP.
It is assumed but unproven that they do exist. Several encryption systems are based on the assumption that modular exponentiation is a one-way function.

1 Kind of. Hash functions usually return a value of fixed length, which precludes them from being true one-way functions.


Quinn’s Movie List

Quinn sent me his list of great movies a while ago (many years ago). It has resided as a page, but I’m now moving to a post.

This is Quinn’s Movie List:

I’ve made a list of great movies (some of them are just great comedies, not really great movies). If you haven’t seen all of these, make sure you do. This is a rough list so far, and I will certainly revise it in the future. These are in no particular order:

  • The Usual Suspects
  • The Godfather
  • The Godfather Part 2
  • The Godfather Part 3
  • The Matrix
  • The Matrix: Reloaded
  • The Matrix: Revolutions
  • The Shawshank Redemption
  • Kill Bill Vol. 1
  • Kill Bill Vol. 2
  • Pulp Fiction
  • American History X
  • American Beauty
  • Braveheart
  • Gladiator
  • The Passion of the Christ
  • Vertigo
  • Rear Window
  • North by Northwest
  • Kramer v. Kramer
  • Taxi Driver
  • Apocalypse Now
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Full Metal Jacket
  • The Deer Hunter
  • The Exorcist
  • Scent of a Woman
  • Goodfellas
  • The Italian Job (new)
  • Ocean’s Eleven (new)
  • Fight Club
  • Forrest Gump
  • Top Gun
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  • Dumb and Dumber
  • Supertroopers
  • Gangs of New York
  • Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
  • Primal Fear
  • As Good As it Gets
  • Casino
  • Dr. Strangelove or How I learned to
  • stop worrying and love the bomb
  • Spartacus
  • Paths of Glory
  • The Shining
  • Amadeus
  • The Silence of the Lambs
  • Red Dragon
  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
  • Barber Shop
  • White Men Can’t Jump