I just graduated with a BSME, so it might be my inexperience speaking here, but I can see ME as it is now ceasing to exist in the future or at least having some major changes. New technology (i.e. NanoTech.) is dominated by EE and common fields like controls and mechatronics are also moving from ME to EE. The more I interact with EE's the more I realize that they know a lot more about ME than ME's know about EE. Even fields that EE's have no business in like mechanics of materials, fluids, heat transfer, etc... are increasingly being done automatically by software. I even saw an ad in one of the past few issues of ASME about something that gives the internal picture of the material stress using protons or something along those lines. So, all you have to do is build a prototype and test it. Can fields like nanotech, controls, mechatronics move under EE, fluids under AE, mechanics of materials and heat transfer under Manufacturing Engineering and Mechanical Engineering die? Can a less diverse "Mechatronics Engineering" field take ME's place in the future and emphasize only Mechatronics while some of the changes I mentioned above still take place (i.e. mechanics of materials moving to Manufacturing Engineering)? Will Mechanical Engineering as it is now last for another 200 years? What do you think?