About

We are Arizona Badminton, a badminton club hosted at the University of Arizona. We are open to students at the University, as well as members of the community. For any issues, any question, please contact any of the officers below.

Contact email: uazbadminton@gmail.com

Last update: 9/2021

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: “Frank” Junfeng Xu

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

Vice 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!

Treasurer: Sue Kwon

Sue Kwon is a second year electrical and computer engineering student minoring in computer science. She’s been playing badminton on and off for about 4 years and her favorite event to play is singles.

Secretary: Jason Gofandi

Jason is in his fifth year and final year as a Mechanical Engineering major. He started playing Badminton since freshman year of high school (9 years). Other than stu(dying) and the engineering coursework, Jason likes to play games, watch K-shows, has a passion for audio equipment and is passionate about cars and technology in general. If there is email communications or any Facebook page messages, you’re most likely going to be talking to him! Jason is also the current webmaster, and hopes you like this revamped website!

Asst. Secretary: 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. Jasmine is currently being trained by the active secretary, Jason, in order to fulfill her duties well when he graduates and she takes over his position.

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: 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: 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: Chinmai Basavaraj

Chinmai is a final year PhD student in computer science. He 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 Chinmai also love playing other racquet sports such as tennis and Pickleball. In his free time Chinmai also enjoys hiking, board games, and watching anime.