Name: Rodrigo Zúñiga Carmiol
Current Job: R&D Packaging Engineer
Scientific Discipline/Field: Engineering
Country: Costa Rica
Pick some letters (L,G,B,T,Q,+, etc.): G
Twitter or other social media handle: rzc18
What does your job involve?
I work with chemistry, physics and problem solving
How did you get to this job (education etc.)?
I studied materials engineering in a public university with a scholarship
Do you feel being LGBT has affected your career decisions?
Have you had any reactions from colleagues about being LGBT, either good or bad?
Most reactions have been good, some get surprised but I have never received direct homophobia from colleagues
Did you have any role models growing up (LGBT, STEM, totally unrelated.)?
My dad was an engineer, and I had an uncle who is a gay engineer, both of them were my role models in the STEM and LGBT communities
What are your plans for the future?
I want to get a master’s degree
Anything else you’d like to add?
Most LGBTIQ+ people in my country are afraid to come out because Costa Rica is a homophobic country, even though the laws protect us, there is a huge amount of people who dislike us just for being us. Expressing ourselves and not hiding our nature in Costa Rica before entering the workforce is a huge risk I do not regret taking, I got my job for being myself, and that includes being gay.