Vietnam - Engineering

Summer 2017 Video

An estimated 100,000 amputees are currently living in Vietnam, with an additional 2,000 men, women and children losing limbs each year due to the 2.2 million unexploded ordnance and landmines left over from the Vietnam War. Since 2009, the Mercer On Mission Vietnam program has fit more than 7,000 amputees, and treated more 40,000 orthopaedic patients. All that is keeping us from helping more amputees to walk again is funding. You can help. Each prosthetic leg costs about $150. All gifts raised through this site go to materials to make more prosthetics.

You can make a gift online here.

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Important Dates

  • October 1st – November 3rd, 2017 : Application opens

  • October 30th _ November 8th, 2017: Interviews

  • November 14th, 2017 : Notifications of Conditional Acceptance

  • December 12th, 2017: Deadline for Deposit/ Passport Application Proof/ TerraDotta Sign up

Academic Courses

  •  EGR 291/BME 491/BME 591 - "Prosthetic Design, Biomechanics of Amputees, and Clinical Fitting of Prosthetics" 

  •  EGR 292/BME 492/BME 592 - "Instrumentation and Fitting for Prosthetics"  

***Students will register for one class from Dr. Vo and one class from Dr. O’Brien and Dr. Kunz. Preference will be given to rising juniors and seniors.

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  • Dr. Richard Kunz, Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering

  • Dr. Ha Van Vo, Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering

  • Dr. Ed O’Brien, Professor, Biomedical Engineering
  • Co-teaching: Dr. Lawrence Webb, Traumatologist/Orthopedic Surgeon, Navicent Health, The Medical Center of Central Georgia.

Program Highlights

Service Project Description:

  • Fitting the Mercer Universal Prostheses for amputees
  • Fitting orthotic braces for children with disability
  • Teaching and training patients to walk with the prosthetic devices
  • Follow-up on patients during 1 to 2 weeks of occupational training
  • Data collection for each patient during the training period using F-scan, Matscan, and 3D Gait Analysis system
  • Triage patients. Assist in treating orthopedic patients.
  • Assist pharmacists in dispensing medication.
  • Physical therapy for patients' rehabilitation
  • Expose Mercer students to Vietnamese culture through sightseeing and attending one or more cultural programs during the stay
  • Visit one or more local hospitals in Vietnam
  • Treating orthopedic patients
  • Physical therapy for patients' rehabilitation
  • Charity work with poor and needy: distribution of food and medications.



Tentative Excursion: Local tours during off day

VIDEO: MOM 2015 Off day fun

Contact Information

For more information, e-mail or call (478) 301-2992.