Welcome to drewdez.com! My name is Andrew Desautels, and I’m an experienced transportation consultant, amateur web developer, and baseball junkie, among other things. I’ve carved out this little corner of the web in order to showcase some of the things I’ve worked on, and to share some thoughts about topics that interest me.
In my professional life, I’m a seasoned transportation consultant with experience managing a number of successful projects across a variety of disciplines and modes. My expertise covers passenger rail ridership and revenue forecasting, toll road traffic and revenue forecasting, public transit master planning, airport planning, market research, and the development of custom analysis tools for both public and private sector clients. I left a full-time job in transportation consulting in late 2013 to have more time to focus on other things, while continuing to do some freelance transportation consulting on the side. Learn more about my transportation work here.
What other things, you ask?…well, I’m an amateur web developer and my ultimate goal is to build something cool at the intersection of transportation and technology. Recently, I’ve taught myself the basics of web development, and made a concerted effort to further my existing programming and data science skills. Most of my web projects to date are relatively simple applications, but I’m continually working my way up to bigger and better things. Learn more about my web projects here.
I currently live in Larkspur, CO (halfway between Denver and Colorado Springs), where I enjoy playing and watching all kinds of sports (I’m a huge fan of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Arsenal FC, and the University of Arizona—my alma mater), spending time in the outdoors, reading anything and everything, traveling, learning new things, cooking and eating delicious food, and drinking a glass or three of good beer. My brain also seems to be hard-wired for collecting: I’m currently working on visiting all fifty states (only Alaska remaining) and all MLB ballparks (seven remaining). On the tech side, I’m a sucker for lightweight tools that make monotonous tasks easier (things like Haml, Sass, and Twitter Bootstrap). I’m also a fan of all the wonderful open source software that’s available and the amazing people that make it.
I created this site using Jekyll (a Ruby-based blog-aware static site generator) and a lot of good old-fashioned elbow grease. If you’re interested, you can learn more about Jekyll here.