During my Ph.D. study at Georgia Tech, I have been fortunate to receive valuable suggestions, guidance, and support from my mentors, colleagues, family, and friends. I am greatly appreciative to my advisor, Dr. Thomas Habetler, for his continual guidance and support. He has been a source of motivation and inspiration throughout the course of this work. I feel grateful to Dr. Ronald Harley, for his time and invaluable input into my research. I have benefited immensely from his knowledge and experience. I would also like to thank Dr. Deepak Divan, Dr. Russell Callen and Dr. Charles Ume for their time, input, and for serving on my thesis committee. I would like to acknowledge Eaton Corporation for providing the financial support necessary to conduct this work. I must also thank the machinists, Lorand Csizar and Louis Boulanger, who were always available and willing to help with the laboratory experimental setup. I wish to thank Dr. Jose Restrepo and my colleagues, Dr. Wiehan le Roux, Dr
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