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Seasoned Technology Leader Joins Superconductor Technologies Board of Directors

AUSTIN, Texas , Oct. 22, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Superconductor Technologies Inc. (STI) (Nasdaq: SCON) announced the appointment of Julie Johnson to its board of directors effective October 17, 2018, increasing its total number of directors to five.

Jeff Quiram, STI’s president and CEO, stated, “We are very pleased to have Julie join our board. She brings more than 25 years of product management, product development, and technology expertise, in addition to a solid material science and physics background. We look forward to her contributions as we make further progress toward commercialization of our 2G HTS wire for next generation electric machines (NGEMs).”

“I am excited to join STI at this pivotal time in the production of its enhanced Conductus wire for commercial customers,” stated Johnson. “I look forward to working with the Board and the management team to expand the company’s leadership in superconducting innovation and build momentum for long-term growth.”

Ms. Johnson was most recently the Senior Vice President Product Management at VeriFone, a global provider of technology that enables electronic payment transactions. Prior to VeriFone, Ms. Johnson was Corporate Vice President Product Management at Lenovo, a Chinese multinational technology company selling personal computers, tablet computers, smartphones, and other electronic devices. Before Lenovo, she served as Corporate Vice President - Product Management at Google. Prior to Google, Ms. Johnson was Vice President of Product Management at Motorola, a global telecommunications company. Ms. Johnson has a M.B.A. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Ms. Johnson has a B.S. in Math and Physics from Albion College.

About Superconductor Technologies Inc. (STI)
Superconductor Technologies Inc. is a global leader in superconducting innovation. Its Conductus® superconducting wire platform offers high performance, cost-effective and scalable superconducting wire. With 100 times the current carrying capacity of conventional copper and aluminum, superconducting wire offers zero resistance with extreme high current density. This provides a significant benefit for electric power transmission and also enables much smaller or more powerful magnets for motors, generators, energy storage and medical equipment. Since 1987, STI has led innovation in HTS materials, developing more than 100 patents as well as proprietary trade secrets and manufacturing expertise. For more than 20 years STI utilized its unique HTS manufacturing process for solutions to maximize capacity utilization and coverage for Tier 1 telecommunications operators. Headquartered in Austin, TX, Superconductor Technologies Inc.'s common stock is listed on the NASDAQ Capital Market under the ticker symbol “SCON.” For more information about STI, please visit

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