Stéphane Pairault, is a graduate from École Polytechnique (1994) and holds a Ph.D. in Physics (1999, condensed matter physics) from Université Paris-XI and Université de Sherbrooke (Québec, Canada).
During his Ph.D. (1996-1998), he introduces a new method for tackling the many-body problem in the strong interaction regime, particularly relevant to high critical temperature superconductors and more generally to strongly-correlated electron systems.
In 1999, he joins Thales, a worldwide leader in mission critical systems for the Defense, Aerospace, and Security markets. Within the Naval Division (1999-2004), he manages advanced studies in underwater acoustics for warship sonar systems. He designs novel (low frequency, highly directional) transducers and arrays, as well as signal processing algorithms.
Moving to Thales Security Division (2005-2008), he becomes a bid director in the contactless smartcard businesses of Secure Identification and Integrated Fare Systems for public transit.
He joins FOROIL in 2009.