Lothar Birk has more than two decades of experience teaching ship and offshore hydrodynamics, first at the Technische Universitat Berlin and now at the University of New Orleans (UNO). Fascinated by the world of boats and ships, he studied naval architecture at Technische Universitat Berlin (TUB) in Germany. After graduation he worked at TUB as a research scientist completing projects and teaching classes related to hydrodynamics and optimization of ship and offshore structures. In 2004, he joined the faculty of the School of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering at UNO where he teaches classes in ship resistance and propulsion, propeller hydrodynamics, experimental, numerical and offshore hydrodynamics as well as computer aided design and optimization. His passion for teaching has earned him several awards by student organisations.