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The Horizon Award honors a graduate of the past 15 years for early career accomplishments or exceptional service to their community.

Joanna M. Slominski
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BS '04, construction engineering

Joanna (Johnson) Slominski, BS '04, construction engineering, has quickly succeeded in her professional career with Mortenson Construction. Now with the title of Construction Executive, she has built an impressive resume since joining the company in 2004.

Mortenson Construction, with headquarters in Minneapolis, is an international construction firm, with the mission: "Building structures and facilities for the advancement of modern society."

Slominski provided leadership on a number of high-profile projects, including the $45 million expansion and renovation of the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis; the $254 million TCF Bank Stadium at the University of Minnesota; the $63 million Grand Casino Hinckley and Welcome Center in Hinckley, Minnesota; and $40 million renovation of Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis.

Another major project is the $494 million Sanford Fargo Medical Center that is now under construction. As construction executive, Slominski plans, organizes, staffs and oversees construction and manages the $375 million construction budget. The project is expected to involve 700 to 800 workers throughout construction.

At the Sanford project, Slominski also demonstrated her commitment to future engineers by organizing On-Site Learning sessions and tours for construction students from NDSU and other institutions.

"The fact that Mortenson would put a young engineer in charge of projects of such size and scope at an early stage in the career speaks volumes for Joanna's abilities, skill set and future potential," wrote Gary Smith, dean of the NDSU College of Engineering, in a letter of nomination. "She is undoubtedly a role model for female engineers."

Slominski is actively involved in the local community. She recently led a successful school supply drive for the United Way, collecting more than $5,600 in supplies and monetary donations and managed a team of 12 women from Mortenson and Sanford Health for the Women Build for Habitat for Humanity. Additionally, she is on the Advisory Board of Construction Management and Engineering at NDSU, mentors students at NDSU and other institutions and is involved in outreach to local high schools with a STEM focus. She also is a member of the Leadership program sponsored by the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce and was recognized by the Prairie Business Journal as a 40 under 40 award recipient.

She; her husband, Chris; and son, Grant, live in West Fargo.

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