7 :: ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
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This work is based in part upon work supported bv the Texas Advanced ^ Technology Program Grant, State of Texas. I would like to extend my deepest appreciation to Dr. Harry W. Parker, committee chairman, for all the encouragement and help rendered by him. His suggestions both during the course of this research as well as during the drafting of this thesis have been invaluable. This project would not have been possible if not for his help and inspiration. I am very thankful for the guidance and support of my committee member. Dr. Richard W. Tock. His contributions towards this project have been very helpful. I would like to thank Dr. Dick Auld and Dr. Victor Ghetie for their participation on this project. A special thanks to Eli Boroda, for his help on this project and for his enthusiasm towards this venture. I would like to thank Bob Spruill for his help in constructing the extractor. I would also like to state my appreciation for Jason Kralj for the experimental assistance rendered on this project. I am very thankful to my friends for their constructive criticism and valuable help rendered on this project. A very special thanks to my parents, without whose support, none of this would have been possible. I am very grateful for their tremendous support through these many years. I dedicate this thesis to them and to the one special person who has been my solace through all this. I would like to extend a very special thanks to her for the patience and support, which she has shown over the past two years.