My name's Allan Bartlett. I'm from Kentucky, but now I live in Arizona. I went to the University of Kentucky where I earned a BS in Electrical Engineer.

What have you been doing since you graduated SISE?

I am a SISE 2015 alumni. I graduated from the University of Kentucky in May 2016 and immediately upon graduation I bought a one-way plane ticket to Morocco. I spent the next nine months backpacking around the world. 

Tell us about your travels?

I ended up traveling to over 40 countries across six continents. The basic route after Morocco was the Middle East, Russia, Eastern and Southern Africa, India, East Asia, Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand, Central America, Cuba, and finally South America. I returned to the United States in February 2017 and moved to Phoenix, Arizona, where I now live. In Phoenix, I work for an electrical engineering consulting firm in the electrical generation department.

What have you learned while globetrotting?

While traveling, I started to really understand firsthand the effects that humans have on our planet. Climate change, deforestation, air pollution, water contamination, and waste management are all examples of pressing environmental concerns that have no easy answer. The only sustainable way forward, if humans want to continue living on this Earth for many more millennium, is to more effectively manage our use of resources and to transition to more sustainable forms of energy. Programs like SISE are vital to our planet’s future and all of its inhabitants.

What's down the road for you the next few years?

For now, I plan to continue working in Phoenix and take long vacations when I accrue enough vacation time. The next three trips I will take are to Mongolia, Kazakhstan, and Papua New Guinea.

Did you meet any interesting cats (literally, felines) along the way?

In Etosha National Park in Namibia, we were able to witness the King of the Jungle – the lion!