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