The prize is awarded "to recognize and encourage outstanding research in Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics by investigators who have held a Ph. D. for 10 years or less."
I.I. Rabi Prize
Spielman was cited for "the development of quantum simulations using ultra-cold atoms, creation of synthetic electromagnetic fields, demonstration of synthetic spin-orbit coupling, and applications to studying new physical systems." Previous winners include Nobel laureates Eric Cornell and Wolfgang Ketterle, as well as UMD's Christopher Monroe and Jun Ye and Deborah Jin of JILA, a partnership between NIST and the University of Colorado.