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ALEX MUELLER JOINS AMERICAN SUPERCONDUCTOR ADVISORY BOARD

 ALEX MUELLER JOINS AMERICAN SUPERCONDUCTOR ADVISORY BOARD
 WATERTOWN, Mass., June 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Dr. K. Alex Mueller, whose co-discovery of a new family of superconducting materials sparked a worldwide scientific race and led to his sharing a Nobel prize, has joined the Technical Advisory Board of American Superconductor Corporation (NASDAQ: AMSC), the firm announced today.
 The advisory board is comprised of internationally recognized experts in high temperature superconductivity. The nine-member group tracks current developments in the field and provides a sounding board for the company about the latest advances in superconducting materials, manufacturing and application development.
 Ceramic oxide superconductors -- the focus of Mueller's Nobel-winning research -- carry electric current with virtually 100 percent efficiency under conditions that are economically feasible to attain in commercial products. As a result, numerous industrial efforts are underway around the world to develop applications based on the technology.
 "I firmly believe in the commercial prospects of this family of superconductors," Mueller said. "My role on American Superconductor's advisory board is an opportunity for me to help the firm bring this technology forward."
 At the time of his joint discovery with Dr. J. Georg Bednorz in 1986, Mueller was a research scientist and manager at International Business Machines Corp.'s Zurich Research Laboratory, in Ruschlikon, Switzerland. In recognition of the importance of their findings, the Nobel committee conferred its prestigious physics award upon them only one year after their research was published. Others have characterized the work to be one of the most significant discoveries in solid state science since the invention of the transistor in 1947.
 "Dr. Mueller's continuing work in the field and his role as an advisor will be tremendous assets as we continue to develop and commercialize superconductivity," said Gregory J. Yurek, president and CEO of American Superconductor.
 Mueller recently retired from the Zurich Research Laboratory, and currently serves as a consultant to IBM. During his 29-year tenure with IBM, he served in various management positions, and was appointed IBM Fellow in 1982, a title awarded to top company scientists. Mueller also serves as a professor at the University of Zurich.
 Other members of the American Superconductor Technical Advisory Board include its chairman, Dr. Alexis P. Malozemoff, vice president, research and development of American Superconductor; Dr. Frank Fradin, associate laboratory director for physical research, Argonne National Laboratory; Dr. John P. Hirth, professor of materials science and engineering, Washington State University; Dr. David Larbalestier, L.V. Shubnikov professor, department of materials science and engineering, University of Wisconsin; Dr. Ing. Guiseppi Luoni, chief scientist, Societa Cavi Pirelli S.p.A.; Dr. Joseph Smith, Ford professor of engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Dr. Michael Tinkham, Rumford professor of physics and Gordon McKay professor of applied physics, Harvard University; and Dr. John Vander Sande, Cecil and Ida Green distinguished professor in the department of materials and engineering, MIT.
 American Superconductor creates, develops and manufactures high temperature superconducting wires, coils and cable conductors, integrating them with the required cooling systems for use in applications such as power transmission, power quality control and large industrial motors. The firm is the largest industrial entity in the world dedicated to the commercial development of wire and wire products.
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 /CONTACT: Gregory J. Yurek of American Superconductor, 617-923-1122, or Carol DeMatteo or Jack Jackson of Miller Communications, 617-536-0470, for American Superconductor/
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