"King of the Nerds" - Moogega
Hometown: Pasadena, Calif.
One of your favorite contestants on "King of the Nerds," the TBS reality competition that premieres on Jan. 17 (10 PM), will be 26-year-old Moogega Cooper, a planetary protection engineer at NASA who compares her job to being one of the "Men in Black" -- she protects the planet from alien invasions. She's definitely one of the most impressive competitors aspiring to nerd royalty, having entered college at age 16 and completed her master's degree and PhD by the time she was 24. Also among the many entries on her geek-cred resumé: she loves Tesla (the scientist, not the band, duh), her favorite TV shows are "The Big Bang Theory" and "Family Guy," and she thinks math and science are both so "beautiful" she can't choose which one is her favorite. Moogega is going to prove to be a sweet, but fierce competitor, and if ever there was a human to whom the word "adorkable" should be applied, it is Moogega.