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Dr. Sindhuja Sankaran Phenomics Lab

Brief Resume


  • Ph.D. Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, North Dakota State University, ND
  • M.S. Environmental Engineering, Iowa State University, IA
  • M.S. Environmental Science, Anna University, India
  • B.S. Zoology, University of Madras, India

Professional Experience

  • Associate Professor, Washington State University, July 2019 – Present
  • Assistant Professor, Washington State University, June 2013 – June 2019
  • Adjunct Professor of Biology, Polk State College, January 2013 – May 2013
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Citrus Research & Education Center, University of Florida, August 2009 – May 2013
  • Research Associate, Environmental Engineering & Management, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand, January 2003 – June 2004
  • Project Associate, Institute of Ocean Management, Anna University, India, June 2002 – December 2002
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Curriculum Vitae (pdf)

LJ Smith Hall, Room 202
Biological Systems Engineering
Washington State University
Pullman, WA 99164-6120


Honors and Awards

  • Outstanding Reviewer, Information Technology, Sensors & Control Systems (ITSC), ASABE, 2021.
  • Outstanding Reviewer, Computers and Electronics in Agriculture, 2015.
  • Certificate of Excellence in Reviewing, Computers and Electronics in Agriculture for year 2013.
  • ASABE Superior Paper Award (Information and Electrical Technologies Division), 2013.
  • Invited member of Alpha Epsilon.
  • Invited member of Gamma Sigma Delta.
  • Frank Bain Scholarship, 2008-2009.
  • North Dakota State University, Masters of Success’s ‘2008 Student of the year’ award.
  • Lectureship eligibility through National Educational Test (NET) for the entrants in the teaching profession conducted jointly by University Grants Commission (UGC) and Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), New Delhi, 2002.
  • Anna University First Rank, MS in Environmental Science, 2002.
  • University of Madras Fourth Rank, BS in Zoology, 2000.

Professional Memberships

  • North American Plant Phenotyping Network (NAPPN)
  • Notional Association of Plant Breeders (NAPB)
  • American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE)
  • International Society of Precision Agriculture (ISPA)
  • Gamma Sigma Delta, honor society of agriculture.
  • Alpha Epsilon, honor society for outstanding agricultural, biological and food engineers.

Media Releases/Trade Magazines

  • Satellite monitoring could be next leap for crop management. Spudman. 26 November, 2019.
  • Satellites show promise as tool for monitoring crop development. WSU News. 18 November, 2019.
  • Western Innovator: Sensors ‘smell’ plant diseases. Capital Press. 29 August, 2019.
  • New global fellowship program grows discoveries, partnerships in ag research. CAHNRS News. 16 August, 2019.
  • Partners for better spuds: WSU’s 2019 Othello Field Day. CAHNRS News. 28 June, 2019.
  • Artificial intelligence and precision farming: does efficiency mean sustainability? Filling Space. 29 May, 2019.
  • Images from space could help farmers grow better wheat varieties. CAHNRS News. 23 May, 2019.
  • America can’t solve its migrant labor crisis with automation. Engadget. 31 May, 2018.
  • Police, scientists, hope to use drones for innovation. The Daily Evergreen. 20 March, 2018.
  • $1.5M for specialty crop research to improve fruits, vegetables, farming. WSU News. 13 October, 2017.
  • Why do feet smell? Ask Dr. Universe, science-education project based out of Washington State University and University Communications. 26 September, 2017.
  • Plant biologists welcome their robot overlords. Nature Magazine. 26 January 2017, 541, 445-446. doi: 10.1038/541445a.
  • BSE’s Sankaran presents at inaugural expo. CAHNRS News. December 2016.
  • High-throughput crop phenotyping technologies. ASABE Resource Magazine, May/June Issue, pp. 24-25.
  • Washington Scientists Forge Ahead Amid Uncertainty. Xconomy. 10 November 2016.
  • WSU researchers aim to make farming more efficient. The Spokesman-Review. 28 April 2016.
  • WSU researchers aim to make farming more efficient. Columbia Basin Herald. 28 April 2016.
  • Drones with Multispectral Cameras Bring Efficiency to High-Throughput Plant Phenotyping. BioPhotonics, April 2016. [Research featured in magazine cover page]
  • Agriculture 3.0: How researchers are harvesting the power of robots and drones to reboot farming. GeekWire News. 10 February 2016.
  • Developing technologies that will change agriculture. Precision Ag Expo. WSU CAHNRS News. 1 January 2016.
  • Phenotyping in the field goes high-tech. Good Fruit Grower, November 2015, pp. 20-21.
  • The robot overhead. The Economist, 6 December 2014.
  • Things that fly in the sky. Washington State Magazine, 2014.