Starship Enterprise from the TV series Star Trek

Someone to Watch: A Musician with a Love for Star Trek… and Engineers

Feb. 9, 2024
Meet Elle Cordova, a musician and video creator with a knack for humorously tackling advanced technology concepts and more.

“I'm Elle -- a musician, writer, gamer, video creator, sci-fi fan, and coffeeholic who has put a bunch of music out into the world under the name Reina del Cid.” This is the introduction to Elle Cordova, a rising social media star who gains fans with her unique spin on a variety of topics, many of which will resonate here. 

Cordova first caught my attention when she humorously rapped a Star Trek scene, and suddenly I went down a rabbit hole. 

One noteworthy video to watch is her cover of Peggy Seeger’s 1970 ode to female engineers, “I’m Gonna Be an Engineer.” With more than 150,000 views on YouTube (really, it should be more!), Cordova sings beautifully while strumming her guitar. And, while we have come a long way on gender equality and pay disparities, unfortunately, some elements of the song still ring true today just as much as in 1970.  

Her knowledge of classic literature and science seems to know no bounds – fans online often liken her to renaissance artists who expertly tackled the two genres not often intertwined.

Then came the funny TikTok personification of reference books longing for the old days before technology took over.

And, more recently, with AI all the rage, she took the same spin and brilliantly humanized virtual assistants lamenting about their jobs and being overshadowed by ChatGPT. But a later clip shows the legacy systems have a game plan to take down their successor. 

In addition to short videos on TikTok, Instagram and Facebook, you can find a treasure trove of content on her YouTube page where she shares her music, poetry, fun video scripts and more.

If you can’t tell, I’m a huge fan of her creativity and felt it noteworthy to share here. I’m sure many of you will appreciate her unique take on a variety of subjects. 

About the Author

Amanda Joshi | Managing Editor

Amanda Joshi has more than 18 years of experience in business-to-business publishing for both print and digital content. Before joining Chemical Processing, she worked with and Electrical Contracting Products. She’s a versatile, award-winning editor with experience in writing and editing technical content, executing marketing strategy, developing new products, attending industry events and developing customer relationships. 

Amanda graduated from Northern Illinois University in 2001 with a B.A. in English and has been an English teacher. She lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband and daughter, and their mini Aussiedoodle, Riley. In her rare spare time, she enjoys reading, tackling DIY projects, and horseback riding.

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