Dr. E.K. McLachlan served as a professor for the Department of Mathematics at Oklahoma State University from 1958 to 1978. He served as the Director of the Mathematics Graduate Program from 1965 to 1978, in which during his tenure 46 Ph.D.'s, 79 Ed.D.'s and over 100 Master's degrees were granted. Dr. McLachlan advised his students on both professional and personal matters, and was known for having firm expectations while showing care and concern, too. He was an asset to the Department and inspired so many. The intent of this award is to reflect the academic spirit of Dr. McLachlan.