In 1936 the University was found a research Institute of Mathematics and Mechanics.
Its first director was A. Kulisher, and Professor Vladimir Smirnov was the head
of the mathematical section, and practically a deputy director of the institute.
Soon Kulisher was arrested, and Smirnov became a director. His former position was given to young Kantorovich. Namely at that position he consulted engineers, and one of their tasks was the famous Veneer Trust problem that provoked Kantorovich's studies in linear programming.