About

We are Arizona Badminton, a badminton club hosted at the University of Arizona. We are open to students at the university and members of the community. For any questions, feel free to ask a club officer or send an email.

Email: uazbadminton@gmail.com

Last update: 1/2022

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Cholik Chan

Dr. Chan is a Professor of the Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering Department in his 34th year. Dr. Chan also likes hiking and biking outside of Badminton, and greatly thinks equally of all three of those activities.

President: Julie Fan

Julie Fan is a third year biochemistry student minoring in physiology, psychology, and studio art. Outside of school, she enjoys badminton as a hobby. She’s been playing on and off for about eight years and met many great friends in the process!

Vice President: Jasmine Meredith

Jasmine is a first year Molecular and Cellular Biology major with an emphasis on genetics and human health and minors in Flute Performance and French. She started playing Badminton in 6th grade (7 years). In her off-time, she enjoys reading poetry, listening to Kpop, watching horror movies, and being active in other sports.

Treasurer: Sue Kwon

Sue is a second year electrical & computer engineering student minoring in comp sci and math. She’s been playing for about 5 years now. Sue works on telescope research at Steward Observatory and enjoys to watch kdramas/anime, listen to rnb, cook food, and travel.

Secretary: Rohan Dhawan

Hey, I’m Rohan from India, a sophomore here at the UofA majoring in Physics and Astronomy. I’ve been playing badminton on and off for about 4 years. I love the sport, in my free time when I’m not playing badminton I’m on YouTube watching, learning, and keeping up with the latest badminton news. In short, I am a badminton nerd.

Assistant Secretary: Natasha Graham

Hi! My name is Natasha and I’m currently a freshman and a Biology major. I grew up in Myanmar and I’m usually browsing the web for all sorts of things. I’ve always played badminton on and off but haven’t really gotten serious until recently. I love playing it in my pass time as I’ve found it’s a great way of letting loose!

Head Coach: Kevin Bao

Kevin Bao is the Head Coach for Arizona Badminton Club. Kevin has been teaching and coaching for 15 years and enjoys playing badminton very much. Outside of Badminton, Kevin enjoys listening to classical music.

Assistant Coach: Dr. Chinmai Basavaraj

Dr. Chinmai started playing badminton back in India when he was 10 years old. He is very passionate about the sport and he loves playing and competing. Besides badminton, Dr. Chinmai also loves playing other racquet sports such as tennis and Pickleball. In his free time, Dr. Chinmai also enjoys hiking, board games, and watching anime.

Assistant Coach: Jimmy Yao

Jimmy is an assistant coach at the UA badminton club. He graduated from the University of Arizona in 2017 with a degree in Mathematics and Computer Science. He loves doubles particularly and has been playing for almost 10 years. Off the court, he enjoys video games, hiking, and watching anime.

Assistant Coach: Yuan Jea Hew

Yuan Jea started playing badminton at the age of 7 in Malaysia. As a recent graduate (Math and Astronomy Major in the Spring of 2020), Yuan Jea is currently working with algorithms at a medial technology startup. Outside of badminton, Yuan Jea likes to play soccer and do some weight lifting. He is an avid soccer fan supporting Liverpool FC.

Assistant Coach: “Frank” Junfeng Xu

Frank is a part-time graduate student pursuing Computer Science master degree at the University of Arizona. He is a full-time software engineer at IBM.