Hirut Kollech is a native of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She received her B.Sc. from South Carolina State University (Orangeburg, SC) in 2015 and M.Sc. in Civil Engineering from PITT in 2016. She started teaching Amharic to kids with Ethiopian roots when she first moved to Pittsburgh. Her interests include Ethiopian Semitic languages and mechanics-related topics in engineering. She is currently a graduate student researcher at the Soft Tissue Biomechanics Laboratory in the Bioengineering department and she is also finishing her Ph.D. in Computational Modeling and Simulation. Hirut will continue teaching Amharic in the LCTL Center starting Fall 2021.