ShaChelle Devlin Manning

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ShaChelle Devlin Manning is an American change agent for nanotechnology, attempting to pave the way for nanotechnology's commercialization at the university, company, state, federal, and international level.

Manning graduated from Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa with a BA in English and Communications. She also has an MBA from the University of Dallas. After graduating from Loras, she lived in Japan for two years where she served in various educational and government goodwill functions.

From 1995 to 1998 she served in leadership positions at Dallas Public Schools, where she introduced and launched new technologies for over 17,000 teachers and 120,000 students.

From 1998 to 2002, she served as a Vice President for Winstar Communications, where she spearheaded the introduction of new innovative wireless and internet technologies through partnerships of industry, education institutions, and government. Two of her projects were launched at the White House, and a third by senate members.


Manning’s first incursion into nanotechnology started in 2002 when she became Director of Alliances at Zyvex Corporation, a leading nanotechnology company where she secured and led several key R&D industry and government programs (DARPA, NIST, NASA, and DoE) including efforts in nanomaterials, micro, and nanoassembly. Manning also led government efforts including congressional briefings, nanotechnology policy efforts including support for PCAST, the Nanotechnology Bill, and the State of Texas ETF.

Starting in 2005, she joined the Office of the Governor of the State of Texas as Director of Advanced Technology Alliances, which is a consultant position. There she led the development of the Texas nanotechnology strategic plan, including a $30 Million fund to attract top talent researchers in nanotechnology, as well as aspects of the Emerging Technology Fund. Between her work with federal agencies, congressional alliances, and Texas’ $200 Million Emerging Technology Fund, Manning has assisted in securing an additional $100+ Million in nanotechnology research and commercialization investments for Texas and worked to promote international development of nanotechnology through International Conferences such as NanoBiz Meet 2007 – Held in Singapore in June 2007 where she was a Chairperson.

In 2007 Manning joined Authentix, a leading nanotechnology company in Texas where she drives business development activities.


She is Managing director of Nanoholdings LLC, on the Board of Directors of SPACEHAB an aerospace company specializing in space exploration, and Child Find of America, an advisor with Laurus Partners, and co-founder of The Virtual Wall, one of several online sites honoring soldiers who fought in Vietnam.[1]


  1. ^ Interview with Sha-Chelle about the Virtual Wall, Washington Post