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Alexey Pavlovich Kozhin – Candidate of Economic Sciences, Professor of the Department of Management in Motor Transport, Dean of the Faculty of Motor Transport at MIEI (1965 – 1972).

Alexey Kozhin was born in 1925, so by the time the Great Patriotic War began he had not yet reached conscription age and was sent to master military affairs at the 3rd Artillery School in Moscow and the 1st Kiev Artillery Military School, which at that time was evacuated to Krasnoyarsk . He began the war as part of the 2nd Guards Army, which was formed from Siberians, Far Easterners and sailors of the Pacific Fleet. She was awarded the rank of Guards before participating in the battles in which she was thrown from a march from Siberia to repel Manstein’s group, which was trying to break through to the Germans surrounded at Stalingrad at the end of 1942.

In the 2nd Guards Army, Alexey Pavlovich served as commander of a fire control platoon in divisional artillery (76 mm guns and 122 mm howitzers). With this army he later participated in the battles on the Mius River, liberating Donbass and southern Ukraine. In October 1943, near Melitopol, he was wounded and treated in one of the Moscow hospitals.

After recovery, he was sent to the Western (then 2nd Belorussian) Front to the 49th Howitzer-Artillery Regiment of the High Command Reserve, with which he fought until the end of the war, first as a control platoon commander, then as a battery commander. He took part in the famous Operation Bagration, which resulted in the defeat of the German Army Group Center and the liberation of Belarus. Subsequently, he knocked out the Nazis from Warsaw and crossed the Oder. Later he was wounded during the assault on Danzig (now Gdansk). He ended the war northwest of Berlin, on the Vistula, meeting with the British.

Upon his discharge from the army in 1946, 20-year-old Alexey Kozhin had the military rank of captain, six orders, including the Order of the Patriotic War I and II degrees, the Order of the Red Star, and many medals.

When choosing an institute for higher education, the future professor was looking for a university at the intersection of humanities and technical education. This was at that time the Moscow Engineering and Economic Institute named after. Sergo Ordzhonikidze. Since 1940, Alexey Pavlovich had a license to drive cars and tractors and had a craving for this type of equipment. Having passed the exams with all “A” marks, he was enrolled in the Faculty of Motor Transport. His group consisted mainly of front-line soldiers, most of whom were excellent students throughout the entire period of study, and Kozhin himself received a Stalin scholarship (1000 rubles) from the 3rd year.

After receiving the diploma, he was recommended for admission to graduate school at his native department, and received an invitation from the department of higher mathematics. But he didn’t want to do it, since he already had a wife and son. His scientific advisor, Pyotr Kaniovsky, persuaded him, saying that while he was still young, he should not lose the opportunity to gain as much knowledge as possible, but he would have time to earn money.

After graduating from graduate school and defending his dissertation, Alexey Kozhin remained to work at the Department of Economics, Organization and Planning of Road Transport, first as an assistant, then as a senior teacher, associate professor and professor. From 1965 to 1972 he served as dean.

With the support of the rector of MIEI Olympiad, Alexey Pavlovich Kozlova took part in the development of the program and implementation of the course “Mathematical methods in the organization and management of road transport” into the educational process. Afterwards, this course began to be introduced everywhere into university curricula, taking into account their specifics.

In the late 1950s, Alexey Kozhin participated in the design of the first and largest computer center for road transport of the Main Moscow Directorate of Road Transport.

And in 1962 he had the opportunity to return to Germany, this time as a teacher. Kozhin taught courses at the University of Berlin. Humboldt University, University of Rostock and the Higher School of Transport and Communications in Dresden.

During his scientific career, the former artilleryman wrote a number of educational and methodological works, teaching aids and textbooks. Under his leadership, over 30 people entered science, defending their master’s and doctoral dissertations.

I would like to finish the story about this hero of the Great Patriotic War with a vivid excerpt from his memories of life in Berlin in the early 1960s.

“I lived in Berlin in a private apartment, which the university rented for me and my wife. The owner of the apartment invited us to celebrate Christmas with his family. At the table, along with others, were front-line soldiers: the owner’s son-in-law (he fought against us in Belarus, in the infantry), the owner himself, a tank driver, fought in Italy, me, an artilleryman, my wife (she fought in a road construction unit) and the owner’s wife, who can also be classified as a front-line soldier, because she survived all the bombings and the storming of Berlin. The feast was warm, sincere, and everyone unanimously agreed that we live in some kind of barbaric period in the development of mankind, that any peace is better than war, that people will always find a way to avoid bloodshed among themselves if they are not pitted against each other from -for someone’s ideological and selfish interests. And people must be vigilant and not succumb to the provocations of various adventurers. Unfortunately, even now in the world not everything is as we would like. But there is still hope that reason will prevail.”

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