Random fact: at Lehigh the ISE (Industrial and Systems Engineering) department offers two undergraduate degrees: the traditional IE (Industrial Engineering) degree and the more recent ISE (Information and Systems Engineering) one. It is quite revealing, in a way, of the future of engineering education that the I in ISE has come to mean two different things... While the IE degree typically attracts more students because it is better-known for historical reasons, the ISE graduates tend to have better employment offers. There seems to be a need in the workforce - at least based on the recruiting done at Lehigh - for graduates who can understand the challenges related to information processes in data-intensive applications such as finance or supply chain management. This new focus on information systems is not limited to undergraduate programs: it also extends to business schools such as Stanford with its Operations, Information and Technology area and U. Maryland with its Decision and Information Technologies department. The National Science Foundation itself has recently reorganized its Engineering directorate to capture the shifting focus and new "hot areas" such as cyberinfrastructure (in NSF-speak cyberinfrastructure denotes high-performance computing, i.e., the design and analysis of systems that process vast amounts of information and solve large-scale problems in short periods of time, for instance by using a "divide and conquer" approach where many processors solve one chunk of problem at the same time.) Those changes hint at a fundamental transformation of what engineering research means, extending far beyond the proposals of individual department chairs and deans at Lehigh, Stanford or U.Maryland - I touched on this issue here. What does surprise me, though, is how little of this trickles down to the general public, although this is all posted on the Web for everyone to see - when I talk with parents of my engineering freshmen, they still think their kid is going to build or take apart bulky equipment in a lab. While the shift to information systems does not mean engineering students need to cherish coding in Java or C++ (Lehigh's ISE is not a computer science department), they certainly should be willing to spend considerable amounts of time in front of a computer. Maybe there is an academic advantage to the intensive use of Facebook or Instant Messaging after all.