Sébastien Philippe is a doctoral student at Princeton University’s Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. His research focuses on innovative verification approaches and technologies to support future arms control treaties, including the practical implementation of zero-knowledge protocols for nuclear weapons authentication. Sébastien is a member of Princeton’s Nuclear Futures Laboratory and affiliated with the Program on Science and Global Security at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Since the spring of 2014, he is also editorial assistant for Science and Global Security – the journal. He received a master of science degree from France’s National Institute of Applied Sciences in Lyon (2010) and was a graduate fellow in France’s military Strategic-Research Institute (IRSEM) in Paris where he worked on nuclear and ballistic missile proliferation. He has also served as a safety engineer for strategic nuclear forces within the defense procurement agency.
Forthcoming Publications and Working Papers
New work in progress, coming soon…
Selected Papers and Publications
S. Philippe, Bringing law to the sea: safeguarding the naval nuclear fuel cycle, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, 4 September 2014.
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, 26th International Summer Symposium on Science and World Affairs, Princeton University, 28 July 2014.
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
MAE 354 and MAE 574, Unmaking the Bomb: The Science & Technology of Nuclear Nonproliferation, Disarmament, and Verification, with Prof. Alex Glaser, Spring 2015.
AST 309, Science and Technology of Nuclear Energy: Fission and Fusion, with Prof. Robert J. Goldston, Spring 2014.
Editorial Assistant, Science & Global Security — the journal, since April 2014.
Associate, Consortium for Verification Technology, since October 2014.
Member, Institute of Nuclear Materials Management, since 2014.