In January 2017, Mr. Rajeev Chadha of NRC IRAP was awarded American Society for Quality (ASQ) Fellow status along with 17 other members of the worldwide organization dedicated to and passionate about quality. ASQ Fellows represent diverse industries on a global scale, with 2017 Fellows representing companies and organizations such as Abbott, GlaxoSmithKline and Xerox. Fellow membership status is awarded to individuals who are ASQ members in good standing and meet several criteria. The ASQ elevated Mr. Chadha's membership status to Fellow "for outstanding contributions to the professional quality movement in Canada and for meritorious achievements in the application of Lean Six Sigma, quality and continuous improvement technologies in the Canadian mining industry". Mr. Chadha's contributions to the industry range from developing K40 Analyzers for on-stream potash analysis to efficient operating systems for the large boring machines used in mining.