Karl F Koster

Executive Director of Corporate Relations


Phone: (617) 253-0439
Fax: (617) 253-0002


Jing Xu
Phone: (617) 253-0407


Karl F. Koster is the Executive Director of the MIT Office of Corporate Relations (OCR). The Office of Corporate Relations at MIT includes the Startup Exchange and Industrial Liaison Program (ILP), which celebrated 73 years of service to the Institute and its corporate partners in 2021.

In that capacity, he and his staff work with the senior administrative and faculty leadership of MIT in developing and implementing strategies for enhancing corporate involvement with the Institute. Mr. Koster has been involved with faculty leaders in identifying and designing a number of major international programs for MIT. Many of these programs focus on institutional development and are characterized by the establishment of strong, international, programmatic linkages between universities, industry, and governments.

Mr. Koster graduated from Brown University with a B.A. in geology and economics in 1974, and received a M.S. from the MIT Sloan School of Management in 1980. At the Sloan School he concentrated in international business management and the management of technological innovation. Prior to returning to MIT, Mr. Koster worked as a management consultant for seven years in Europe, Latin America, and the United States on projects for private and public sector organizations.