Sanaz is an Assistant Professor of Smart Farming at Virginia Tech University. Prior to this she was assistant professor at University of Idaho. Her expertise lies in remote sensing research, with a focus on using advanced technologies and methodologies for economically and environmentally sustainable crops and trees monitoring and management. She integrates satellite/drone images and AI to develop methodologies for environmental monitoring, crop modeling and water and nutrient conservation and she has published widely on these topics. She has been involved in several USDA projects. With University of Idaho, she led an educational and outreach project to initiate Precision Agriculture certificate. Sanaz is currently working on two agriculture-related projects, one mapping invasive plants in temperate forest and evaluate forest health in Virginia and another looking at developing smart tool for early detection of soybean diseases.