Knowles Inspires High School Women in Engineering Students with an Exclusive Behind-The-Scenes Experience

Twenty-one students from the Women in Engineering Summer Program at
University of Illinois at Chicago explored engineering careers and the
development of audio technology for consumer electronics at Knowles.


ITASCA, Ill.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Knowles
Corporation
(NYSE: KN), a market leader and global supplier of
advanced micro-acoustic, audio processing, and specialty component
solutions, opened its doors to 21 female high school students on Friday,
July 15 for an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at life as an engineer.
The immersive experience is part of Knowles’ commitment to gender
diversity in engineering and strong science, technology, engineering,
art and mathematics (STEAM) programs.

The Chicago area students are part of the Women in Engineering Summer
Program (WIESP) at University of Illinois at Chicago’s (UIC) College of
Engineering. WIESP is an intensive multi-week program designed for
junior-and senior-level high school students with strong science and
math skills. Knowles is one of the program’s inaugural supporters
because it aims to increase and diversify Chicago’s pool of highly
qualified engineers.

“If we encourage women to become engineers, we include a large segment
of the population and the diversity of ideas they bring,” said Jeffrey
Niew, chief executive officer, Knowles Corporation. “Engineer-driven
advances, like the internet, have revolutionized the way we interact
with humans and machines. If we create an environment that fosters
curiosity and nurtures potential engineers, we will have a community
primed to produce the next household name in technology. This will help
drive economic prosperity through jobs and opportunities.”

The student visit included an introduction to Knowles’ unique research
and development and prototyping process, a visit to the soundproof
anechoic testing chamber and an exclusive look at the
production of smartphone and consumer electronic microphones in Knowles’
state-of-the-art clean rooms.

In addition to the behind-the-scenes experience for WIESP students,
Knowles is committing $200,000 to the UIC College of Engineering in
support of female engineering students. The donation supports the
continued development of WIESP and UIC’s women in engineering
scholarship program.

About Knowles Corporation

Knowles Corporation (NYSE: KN) is a market leader and global supplier of
advanced micro-acoustic, audio processing, and specialty component
solutions, serving the mobile consumer electronics, communications,
medical, military, aerospace, and industrial markets. Knowles uses its
leading position in MEMS (micro-electro-mechanical systems) microphones
and strong capabilities in audio processing technologies to optimize
audio systems and improve the user experience in smartphones, tablets,
and wearables. Knowles is also the leader in acoustics components used
in hearing aids and has a strong position in high-end oscillators
(timing devices) and capacitors. Knowles’ focus on the customer,
combined with unique technology, proprietary manufacturing techniques,
rigorous testing and global scale, enables it to deliver innovative
solutions that optimize the user experience. Founded in 1946 and
headquartered in Itasca, Illinois, Knowles has employees in 15 countries
around the world. For more information, visit knowles.com.

Contacts

Media
Roxanne Pipitone
Knowles Communications
630-238-5257
Roxanne.Pipitone@Knowles.com
or
Investors
Mike
Knapp
Knowles Investor Relations
630-238-5236
Mike.Knapp@Knowles.com