Welcome to drewdez.com! My name is Andrew Desautels, and I’m an experienced transportation consultant, amateur web developer, rock climber, 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 transportation consultant with Steer, and I run a small consulting business of my own: Desautels Consulting. I have experience managing a number of successful projects across 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. 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 live in Golden, CO (in the Denver foothills), where I enjoy climbing, biking, hiking, 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’ve been working on visiting all fifty states (recently finished) and all MLB ballparks (eight 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.