Barathan Jeevaretanam is a PhD candidate in the laser spectroscopy and gas dynamics laboratory at UCLA. His research involves leveraging laser absorption spectroscopy techniques for emissions analysis, sustainable energy production and characterization of chemically reacting flows. At present, he is applying these techniques to further understanding of natural gas decomposition in a solar-driven pyrolysis reactor. Barathan obtained his B.S. in Aerospace Engineering at UC San Diego and his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering at UCLA.