Sam Ponnada is a senior majoring in Physics, Astronomy, and Mathematics with a minor in Computer Science. He has been involved with research in Professor Kaaret’s group, studying how metal content of galaxies affects the formation of high mass X-ray binaries. He more recently analyzes cosmological simulations in collaboration with Professor Khochfar’s group at the University of Edinburgh. Outside of research, Sam serves as an Outreach Officer for the Society of Physics Students, is an ICRU Ambassador, and is a part of the Spectrum STEAM and SASA organizations. Sam is interested in communicating topics around climate change and physics. In his free time, he enjoys finding new music, playing video games, drinking tea, and stargazing.