About Us

We are Arizona Badminton, a 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

Core Committee

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Cholik Chan (he/him)

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 (she/her)

Julie Fan is a fourth 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 8 years and met many great friends in the process!

Vice President: Jasmine Meredith (she/her)

Jasmine is a second year Molecular and Cellular Biology major (with an emphasis in genetics and human health), with minors in Flute Performance, French, and Sociology. She has played badminton on-and-off for about 9 years. In her free-time, she enjoys reading poetry, listening to the classical guitar, watching horror movies, and learning about art history.

Treasurer: Jackson Qiu (he/him)

Jackson is a second year PhD student studying Aerospace Engineering. He is originally from China and trained in a badminton summer camp when he was younger. He recently picked it back up and started to enjoy it with all the friends he made in UABC. Jackson enjoys discussing topics in Astronomy and Physics as he earned his Bachelor’s degree in those subjects. He likes taking film and digital photographs and going on road trips. So, feel free to talk to him for ad-hoc astronomy/physics/science lessons. (Satwik has yet to surpass him in men’s singles.)

Secretary: Lara Espina (she/her)

Lara is a second year student studying Pre-Nursing. She started playing badminton when she was 4 years old, but got started with training at 12 years old. Since then, she has been playing the sport on-and-off for about 13 years! Some of her hobbies include playing/making/listening to music, singing karaoke, calligraphy and organizing.

Co-Executive Event Coordinator: Natasha Graham (she/her)

Natasha is a second year student studying Biology. She grew up in Myanmar and recently started to become more involved in the sport. She loves to play badminton as pastime to get active and relieve stress! In her off-time, she enjoys browsing the web for various and interesting topics.

Co-Executive Event Coordinator: Emily Lu (she/her)

Emily Lu is a fourth year studying Molecular and Cellular Biology with minors in Biochemistry, Spanish, and History. She has been playing badminton seriously since high school, but took a break during COVID and restarted playing in her third year at the university. During her free time, she enjoys watching k-dramas/anime with her roommates, cooking, traveling, and most importantly, napping.

Co-Event Coordinator: Rohan Dhawan (he/him)

Rohan is a third year student majoring in Physics and Astronomy. He likes going to raves and hanging out with friends. He is originally from India and he has been playing badminton on and off for about 6 years!

Co-Event Coordinator: Satwik Macharla (he/him)

Satwik is a fourth year student double-majoring in Data Science and Computer Science with a focus on entrepreneurship. He is also from Andhra, India! When he first joined the club in the Spring of 2022, he was a badminton newbie. Since joining the club as a new player in the Spring of 2022, he has been learning a lot about this sport with the support of his badminton friends. Outside of badminton, he loves to solve problems and brainstorm. He also enjoys likes watching TV-shows, dancing, traveling, cooking and tutoring.

Head Coach: Rob Waters (he/him)

Rob Waters has been involved in coaching since 1992. He first coached at Tucson Parks & Recreation for ten years, and at the U of A Rec Center from 1994-2015 as well. He has played in several major tournaments around the US including the National Senior Olympics and the US Masters. His desire is to teach all he knows to a younger generation of eager badminton players.

Assistant Coach: Ramesh Bondalapati (he/him)

Ramesh Bondalpati has been a member of the club for the past 17 years. He has 36 years of experience in the sport and he also worked with YONEX as a advisory staff member for 5 years. Ramesh has played national and international tournaments and won various medals. He has been giving individual and group Badminton lessons in Tucson for the last 15 years.