Sébastien Philippe is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Since he joined Princeton in the summer of 2012, his research have covered topics in the areas of verification technology, nuclear archaeology and safeguards implementation. He is a participant in the university’s program on Science and Global Security. Prior to moving to Princeton, Sébastien worked for two years within the French Ministry of Defense: first as a graduate research fellow in the Strategic Research Institute of the Ecole Militaire in Paris; and then as an military nuclear safety engineer in the oceanic strategic force within the defense procurement agency. He received a M.Sc. in Mechanical and Design Engineering from the French National Institute of Applied Sciences (INSA, Lyon) in 2010 and a B.A.I. from Trinity College Dublin in 2009 as part of a joint european degree program.
Forthcoming Publications and Working Papers
New work in progress, coming soon…
Selected Papers and Publications
S. Philippe, All at Sea? A Safeguards Approach for the Military Naval Nuclear Fuel Cycle, 55th Annual INMM Meeting, 20-24 July 2014, Atlanta, Georgia.
R. J. Goldston, F. d’Errico, A. di Fulvio, A. Glaser, S. Philippe and M. Walker, Zero-Knowledge Warhead Verification: System Requirements and Detector Technology, 55th Annual INMM Meeting, 20-24 July 2014, Atlanta, Georgia.
M. Kütt , S. Philippe, B. Barak, A. Glaser and R. J. Goldston, Authenticating Nuclear Warheads With High Confidence, 55th Annual INMM Meeting, 20-24 July 2014, Atlanta, Georgia.
S. Philippe, Safeguarding the Military Naval Nuclear Fuel Cycle, Journal of Nuclear Materials Management, Vol. XLII, No.3, 2014, pp 40-52.
S. Philippe, A. Glaser, M. Walker, B. Barak and R. J. Goldston, Resolving the Information Barrier Dilemma: Next Steps Towards Trusted Zero-Knowledge Nuclear Warhead Verification, INMM Information Analysis Technologies, Techniques and Methods for Safeguards, Nonproliferation and Arms Control Verification Conference, 12-14 May 2014, Portland, Oregon.
S. Philippe and A. Glaser, Nuclear Archaeology for Gaseous Diffusion Enrichment Plants, Science & Global Security, Vol. 22, Iss. 1, 2014, pp 27-49.
B. Pelopidas and S. Philippe, Les armes nucléaires et l’illusion de la sûreté, Mediapart, 7 January 2014.
S. Philippe and A. Glaser, Nuclear Archaeology for Gaseous Diffusion Enrichment Plants, 54th Annual INMM Meeting, 14-18 July 2013, Palm Desert, California.
Selected Talks and Lectures
Is There a Bomb in the Box? Nuclear Warhead Authentication and the Virtues of Knowing Nothing, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Princeton University, 21 May 2014.
The Nuclear Archaeology of Gaseous Diffusion Enrichment Plants, Princeton University Research Symposium, 20 October 2013.
The Nuclear Archaeology of Gaseous Diffusion Enrichment Plants, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Research Day, 13 September 2013.
Underwater Criticity: Submarine Propulsion Options and Their Consequences on the Non Proliferation Regime, 24th International Summer Symposium on Science and World Affairs, Princeton University, 6 July 2012.
A Technical Review and Capability Assessment of the Iranian Fuel Cycle, 22nd International Summer Symposium on Science and World Affairs, Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY) Research Center, Hamburg, Germany, 10 July 2010.
The Future of Nuclear Deterrence in Europe: Solving a Square Relationship Between NATO, the European Union, the United Kingdom, and France, 21st International Summer Symposium on Science and World Affairs, Fudan University, Shanghai, China, 22 July 2009.
Teaching at Princeton
AST 309, Science and Technology of Nuclear Energy: Fission and Fusion, with Prof. Robert J. Goldston, Spring 2014.
Editorial Assistant, Science & Global Security, since April 2014.
Member, Institute of Nuclear Materials Management, since 2014.