Dellal '17, Shade '18 Named to 2021 Forbes 30 Under 30 List

Headshots of Katie Shade (left) and David Dellal (right) with the Forbes logo in the middle
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Cambridge, Mass. (January 7)
- Two former MIT student-athletes have been named to the 2021 Forbes 30 Under 30 List. Since 2014, MIT has seen over 100 community members named to the list. David Dellal '17 (New York, N.Y.), a former member of the MIT men's fencing program, and Katie Shade '18 (Glencoe, Ill.), a former member of the MIT softball program, have earned the honor this year.

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Dellal, a two-year member of the men's fencing team and a mechanical engineering major while at MIT, is the founder of Floe. Floe is a company that is developing an automated and sustainable solution to prevent the extensive water damage caused by dangerous ice formation on roofs, known as ice dams. The startup is currently launching a 50-building paid pilot this winter with top universities, major REITs, ski areas, property management firms and NGO partners in over ten states nationwide.

Shade, a four-year member of the softball team and an electrical engineering and computer science major while at MIT, is a project manager at Facebook. As Covid-19 spread around the world, Shade worked on building Facebook's COVID information center, its main repository of coronavirus news and guides. It has served up information to two billion users since launching in the spring. She's since been in charge of creating another hub around voting and the presidential election and led Facebook's voter registration drive. The latter effort prompted users on Facebook, Instagram and Messenger to find out their voter status and register. The initiative garnered 4.4 million new registered voters.

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