Heather Thorpe is an accounting technician with NC State's Industry Expansion Solutions (IES) business operations accounting team. Heather serves as the Contracts and Grants Manager. She administers the plans, commitments and accounting for all contracts and grants. Heather handles the budget development, planning, and management, including all administration throughout the life of the project. Heather currently manages over $13 million in contracts and grants funding for IES. She has been managing contracts and grants within a university setting for four years. Heather received a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Production and Operations Management from the University of North Carolina Wilmington in 2007.