Vietnam - Engineering

MOM Vietnam 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 10,000 amputees. All that is keeping us from helping more amputees to walk again is funding. You can help. Each prosthetic leg costs about $250. 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

  • September 21th – November 27th, 2022 : Application opens
  • November 28th - December 2, 2022: Interviews

*Only 72 slots of interview are available on a first come first serve basis.

  • December 3, 2022: Notifications of Conditional Acceptance
  • December 16, 2022: Deadline for Deposit


  • Freshman applications will be considered this year.
  • Passport (not expiring before February 2024) or physical copy of passport picture page or physical proof of passport application is required at the time of interview.

Academic Courses

For Non-engineering Students:

  • EGR BME 291: "Prosthetic Design, Biomechanics of Amputees, and Clinical Fitting of Prosthetics" 
  • EGR BME 292: “Instrumentation For Clinical Fitting Prostheses”

For Engineering Students:

  • EGR BME 491/591: "Prosthetic Design, Biomechanics of Amputees, and Clinical Fitting of Prosthetics" 
  • EGR BME 492/592: “Instrumentation For Clinical Fitting Prostheses”

For Graduate Engineering Students:

  • EGR BME 691: “Advanced Orthopedic Rehabilitation – Clinical Fitting of Orthopedic Braces”

Tentative Schedule

  •  Training classes: May 10th – May 24th, 2023
  • Mission dates:
    • Team 1: May 29th – June 23rd, 2023
    • Team 2: June 23rd – July 18th, 2023


  • Dr. Ha Van Vo, Eminent Scholar & Distinguish University Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering
  • Dr. Ed O’Brien, Professor & Chair, Department of Biomedical Engineering
  • Trung Le, Research Associate, Department of Biomedical Engineering
  • Bich Nguyen, Research Associate, Department of Biomedical Engieering

Program Highlights

  • Fitting the Mercer Universal Prostheses for amputees
  • Fitting orthotic braces for children with disability
  • Teaching and training patients to walk with the prosthetic devices
  • Data collection for amputee gait using EMG and 3D Gait Analysis system
  • Triage patients. Assist in treating orthopedic patients.
  • Physical therapy for patients' rehabilitation
  • Assist pharmacists in dispensing medication.
  • Expose Mercer students to Vietnamese culture through sightseeing and attending one or more cultural programs during the stay
  • Charity work with poor and needy: distribution of food and medications (tentative)

Contact Information

Dr. O’Brien: or 478.301.2212

Dr. Vo:, or 478.301.2454  

MOM Vietnam EGR Suite 107

Application website for MOM Vietnam Program:

Visit our Facebook: Mercer on Mission Vietnam

Youtube Page: Official Mercer On Mission Vietnam


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Contact Information

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