Dr. David Lawrence, Chairman and CEO, Lawrence Energy Group (Houston, Texas), presents the keynote, "Choices and Challenges: Delivering the World's Energy Needs," at the Oil & Gas in the 21st Century Conference on April 7, 2016. The conference was held at Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa and was hosted by The University of Tulsa College of Law.
After more than 29 years of service to various companies in the Shell Oil and Royal Dutch Shell organization, David Lawrence retired as executive vice president exploration and commercial of Shell Upstream Americas. During his long association with Shell, David Lawrence developed strong relationships within the industry and established a reputation for providing valuable service to the community, colleagues and energy industry around the world. In 2013, David Lawrence accepted an invitation to become a trustee associate of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) Foundation.
Established in 1967, the prime purpose of the AAPG Foundation is to support the geosciences. It accomplishes this objective in a variety of ways, which benefit the general public as well as the geology profession. For example, the foundation sponsors lectureships, awards, and fellowships to recognize outstanding achievement or potential in the geosciences, especially in the area of energy mineral resources and oil exploration.
One of the most eagerly anticipated of the AAPG’s annual events which Lawrence supported through Shell, is the Imperial Barrel Award Program, which pits teams of geoscience graduate students from different universities against each other in analyzing potential oil fields and estimating their reserves. Teams are given datasets about a piece of land, including data about the land’s geology, production infrastructure, geophysics, and other relevant data and, within an eight-week period, must develop a 25-minute presentation to be delivered to a panel of industry experts.
Winning teams are selected on the basis of each presentation’s originality, clarity, and technical quality. Cash prizes are awarded to the winning teams’ schools, and the members of the triumphant regional teams win trips to the AAPG Annual Convention to compete for the grand prize.
Lawrence is also a supporter of the AAPG Military Veterans Scholarship Program. With a goal of getting specific, highly talented individuals who are trained in the armed forces into the geosciences, the AAPG Foundation’s Military Veterans Scholarship Program was created to promote educational advancement and career opportunities in geoscience to the booming U.S. veteran population. Veterans are currently underrepresented in the workforce. They are more likely to begin college than the general public, but less likely to finish. The AAPG Military Veterans Scholarship Program (MVSP) will support these men and women in the pursuit of their degrees, enabling them to gain employment within the oil and gas industry.
Utilizing decades of experience as a geologist and business leader, David Lawrence formerly held the position of executive vice president with Shell Upstream Americas in Houston with responsibilities including exploration.