Seems like American universities are playing catch-up here, with realignment of many EE programs (see this article on EE titles of the future to learn more about how unis are changing their game: http://www.eetimes.com/document.asp?doc_id=1321315).
Schools are often combinging electrical engineering and computer science, and putting hardware in students' hands much earlier.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros and cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight – as are piloted airplanes? Join EE Times' Junko Yoshida as she moderates a panel of drone experts.