Bobby Withrow


I’m gay and I’m an electrical engineer in a steel mill. //

I knew I was going to end up doing something in STEM since I was little playing with Lego and K’Nex. I went to Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology for my BS in Electrical Engineering and immediately went to work for ArcelorMittal in Cleveland, Ohio. ArcelorMittal is the world’s largest steel and mining company. At work, I help to improve quality, increase yield and product throughput, work on trials for product development, and perform a lot of data analysis. I also do a lot of outreach through my company on STEM education, college access, and general educational initiatives. Being out and open at work has given me more confidence to do my job better because I don’t worry if people will find out that I am gay. I have multiple pictures of me and my fiance (husband after July 7, 2018) on my desk. I’m hoping that by being out, I can change the perception of queer people, especially in a steel mill.