David Lawrence has years of experience in the energy industry, most notably during his time at Royal Dutch Shell and Shell Upstream Americas. From 2011 to 2016, David Lawrence shared the experience he gained at Shell, in academia and government with other industry and academic professionals through the advisory board of Yale Climate & Energy Institute (YCEI).
From 2009 until 2016, YCEI served as the hub of multidisciplinary research into climate and energy issues at Yale. The institute provided funds for postdoctoral fellows and research projects and hosted annual conferences alongside its student affiliates.
YCEI also fostered additional work with organizations and individuals outside of Yale, bringing business and government minds into the mix. A few of the major programs started by the institute include an examination of the effects of climate change on health, an interdisciplinary history project, and renewable energy studies.
In total, more than 80 faculty members were involved with YCEI while it operated, and it provided millions of dollars in research funding. YCEI closed at the end of June in 2016.