Black History Month Spotlight: Kidus Teshome

Class of 2026

Kidus TeshomeMajor

Mechanical Engineering

Why did you choose to attend Marymount?

The first priority of my college search was to find a university in Virginia with a decent engineering program. When I came across this small university in the suburbs of D.C., it was a very desirable location for me because I intend on pursuing a career in aerospace engineering — and the DMV area is a hub for a variety of ventures in the space sector. Another deciding factor was the communication I had with the head of the Engineering department, Dr. Eric Bubar. We had a lengthy discussion about his goals and plans for the new program, the practical applications and how it will cultivate my future career. These discussions helped me realize that at Marymount, I will be more than just a number — I will get the opportunity to work extensively on projects I’m interested in, get the full attention of my instructors and most importantly, it’s a program in which students are the central figures. Moreover, I hold Dr. Bubar in high regard with respect and admiration, and decided he was the mentor I would want to spend the next years with on my academic journey. 

What is your desired career path?

I intend on pursuing a career in aerospace engineering — specifically, satellite hardware development.

What are you involved in outside of class?

I am currently serving my campus as a student ambassador, being the face of Marymount for our prospective students. Additionally, I am working in our Engineering department as a research assistant.

What does Black History Month mean to you?

To me, Black History Month is a symbol of the American resilience. I come from a country where dark moments of our history are suppressed and not recognized. Hence, I know for a fact that one should not take for granted the recognition America has given to the dark times in the nation’s history. Moreover, it is not just a matter of recognizing the harm and oppression that the Black community has faced, but it is also a covenant that moving forward, America will be a nation for all to thrive regardless of the color of their skin.

How are you celebrating Black History Month this year?

I am celebrating Black History Month this year by enriching myself with the history of the American Revolution, the good and the bad.