Prof. Stich graduated from Slovak University of Technology in condensed matter physics in 1983. He got his PhD. again in condensed matter physics at International School for Advanced Studies in Trieste, Italy. Worked later as post-doc in first-principles modeling at Cavendish laboratory, University of Cambridge, U.K. and as senior researcher at Joint Research Center for Atom Technology, Tsukuba, Japan. From 1997 he started working as assistant professor, later associate and full professor at the Slovak University of Technology. 2007-2011 he served as director of Institute of Physics, Slovak Academy of Sciences in Bratislava, Slovakia. Currently head of the Center for Computational Materials Science at the Institute of Physics. He works both in density functional modeling as well as in many-body quantum Monte Carlo. His current professional interests include surface probe techniques, AFM, STM, nanotribology, and 2D systems. He published well in excess of 100 research papers, including those from Nature family, ACS, and APS, which received 4.000 citations.