Miss Next Century 2019 | Alicia Gonzaléz Martínez

Alicia Gonzaléz Martínez is a Spanish neurologist, dancer (classical and flamenco), and performer. She received her medical degree from the University of Castilla-La Mancha in Spain and has held research and residency positions in the US and in Spain. Gonzaléz Martínez started dancing at age 3. In 2010, Gonzaléz Martínez and several friends started a performing group called Ojos Venecia. Gonzaléz Martínez sees many similarities in science and dancing, including creativity, resilience, ongoing training, the need for communication, and a long list of failures and successes.

Gonzaléz Martínez was named Future-ish's 9th Miss Next Century in 2019.

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Miss Next Century

Miss Next Century 2019, Alicia Gonzaléz Martínez.

Future-ish is pleased to announce our selection for Miss Next Century 2019: Spanish neurologist and dancer, Alicia Gonzaléz Martínez.

Miss Next Century 2019 - Alicia Gonzaléz Martínez
Miss Next Century 2018 - Kára McCullough
Miss Next Century 2017 - Jasmmine Kaur Ramgotra
Miss Next Century 2016 - Nina Davuluri
Miss Next Century 2015 - Kara Wilke
Miss Next Century 2014 - Adrienne Keene
Miss Next Century 2013 - Manalani Mili Hokoana English
Miss Next Century 2012 - Summer Rayne Oakes
Miss Next Century 2011 - Alyssa Campanella

22nd Century Role Models
We launched our Citizens of the Next Century List in 2010 and have had a fantastic time adding new individuals to the list each December. Our "next century citizens" are people that we feel are way ahead of their time. They are passionate about the science, design, and culture shaping our future and - more importantly - they are actively creating a better future...today! In 2011, we announced our first ever Miss Next Century and based on the positive feedback we received, we decided to continue naming a Miss Next Century each year. You can look forward to a new Miss Next Century each February.

Congratulations to all of our Miss Next Century titleholders! Keep up the good work, keep inspiring us, and keep being fantastic role models for young women everywhere!!!

Queen of the Smart Set

Shayla Rivera. Image credit: Texas A&M Engineering

Future-ish is pleased to announce our latest multigeek monarch: Aerospace Engineer, comedian, STEM/STEAM advocate, and SO MUCH MORE, Shayla Rivera.

22nd Century Role Models
Here at Future-ish, we love highlighting individuals that are passionate about the science, design, and culture shaping our future. We have collected many such individuals and showcase this posse of polygeeks in our sidebar feature, The Smart Set, as Scelebs, Design Idols, and Culture Icons.

In 2011, self-proclaimed history and science geek Alyssa Campanella was crowned Miss USA and we were so inspired that we 'joined the procession' of well wishers and congratulations by having a little fun and naming her our first ever 'Queen of the Smart Set'. With Campanella talking about the future of NASA, fashion and cooking, and her favorite history and culture books, we realized that a whole new generation of young people, especially young woemen, were being inspired to learn more about the science, design, and culture shaping the future.

Our Queen of the Smart Set accolade was so popular that we decided to continue naming a Queen of the Smart Set each year in February. What makes the Queen of the Smart Set honorees so special is that they are individuals that have accrued outstanding achievements in all three future-shaping spheres of science, design, and culture. They are true inspirations to us all, but they are particularly important and valuable role models for young people.

We humbly offer a string of virtual bows and curtsies in congratulations to our growing list of regal geeks and smart sovereigns.

Queen of the Smart Set 2019 - Shayla Rivera
Queen of the Smart Set 2018 - Natalie Portman
Queen of the Smart Set 2017 - Emily Calandrelli
Queen of the Smart Set 2016 - Danica McKellar
Queen of the Smart Set 2015 - George Takai
Queen of the Smart Set 2014 - Ellen DeGeneres
Queen of the Smart Set 2013 - Loni Love
Queen of the Smart Set 2012 - Mayim Bialik
Queen of the Smart Set 2011 - Alyssa Campanella

Sceleb | Shayla Rivera

Shayla Rivera promo pic for HBO Latino's "Entre Nos".
Image credit: HBO Latino

Shayla Rivera is a Puerto Rican American aerospace engineer, comedian, and STEM advocate. Rivera also wears many other hats including keynote speaker, Professor of Practice at Texas A&M, and producer. Often described as a renaissance woman, she uses humor to share her own story, as well as to inspire others.

Rivera was born and grew up in Puerto Rico. Her interest in science and engineering started at an early age, along with a keen interest in human behavior. Rivera earned a BS in Aerospace Engineering at Texas A&M where she also took additional courses in psychology. After graduation, Rivera worked for McDonnell Douglas Space Systems as a rocket scientist, literally, in programs including the NASA Space Shuttle and International Space Station. She left NASA after five years to pursue her interest in psychology that eventually led her to corporate training, executive seminars, and motivational speaking. It was in this role that she also discovered her talent for comedy.

She worked with Debbie Allen to create the hit one woman show “Rocket Science and Salsa,” and was honored with a "Best Lead Actress" nomination by the NAACP Theater Awards. For the same production, Allen also received a nomination for "Best Choreography". She went on to participated in many other comedy events, shows, and series and was honored by Latin 2015 as the Finniest Latina Comedian.

Rivera received the Award for Excellence in Public Speaking by the Latino Speakers Bureau in 2010, LA's “Mario Moreno Cantinflas Award” in 2014, and the President’s Volunteer Service Award from the President’s Council on Service Participation in 2017.

Rivera was named the Future-ish 2019 Queen of the Smart Set.