P19046: The Overcomer


Project Summary Project Information


Students with a physical disability are twice as likely to be inactive during the week, which not only limits their physical activity, but also reduces these students’ opportunity to develop important social and leadership skills. The OvercomerTM is a form of assistive technology that helps individuals who have physical disabilities become more active in physical and social activities from their wheelchair, walker, or stander. The OvercomerTM intends to help users interact, socialize, and enjoy their time being active. Current prototypes of the OvercomerTM include both lower and upper extremity attachments, which include help for users to play hockey, baseball, and soccer. These prototypes can be improved on to becomes more reliable and stronger, as well as being more easily manufactured at an affordable price. There are currently no comparable products on the market.

The goal of this project is to further help develop the OvercomerTM for users to be able to throw and catch a ball with ease and excitement while making the product more adjustable to multiple mobile aids. It should also be easy to lift and attach the device and not interfere with the mobile aids it is being attached to. In addition to being user-friendly, The OvercomerTM needs to be able to be transported or stored conveniently. The end product needs to have low manufacturing costs with a goal market price of $500-$1200.

A summarized Project Readiness Package can be found here.

Joe Kabes Testing Bowling Ramp

Joe Kabes Testing Bowling Ramp

Project Name
The OvercomerTM
Project Number
Start Term
Fall 2018 (2181)
End Term
Spring 2019 (2185)
Faculty Guide
Gerry Garavuso, gxgddm@g.rit.edu
Primary Customer
Joe Kabes
Sponsor (financial support)
Inclusivity Incorporated, RIT MSD, and the RIT Simone Center

Team Members

Left to Right: Mike Martin, Cesar Borges, Rachel Mahoney, Kalie Lazarou, Karn Mishra.

Left to Right: Mike Martin, Cesar Borges, Rachel Mahoney, Kalie Lazarou, Karn Mishra.

Member Major Role Contact
Cesar Borges Biomedical Engineering Design Engineer cxb9134@rit.edu
Kalie Lazarou Industrial & Systems Engineering Project Manager kel9657@rit.edu
Rachel Mahoney Biomedical Engineering Systems Engineer/Financial Coordinator rem5544@rit.edu
Michael Martin Mechanical Engineering Design Engineer mrm2625@rit.edu
Karn Mishra Industrial & Systems Engineering Systems Engineer/Data Analyst karnmishra7@gmail.com

A full listing of team’s skills and experience can be found here.

Work Breakdown: By Phase


Planning & Execution

Project Photos and Videos

Imagine RIT

Gate Reviews

Problem Definition

Systems Design

Preliminary Detailed Design

Detailed Design

Build & Test Prep

Subsystem Build & Test

Integrated System Build & Test

Customer Handoff & Final Project Documentation (Verification & Validation)

Work Breakdown: By Topic

Project Management Design Tools Design Documentation Implementation Validation Presentation & Dissemination



MSD I Schedule

MSD II Schedule

Risk Management

Problem Management

Communication & Minutes

Use Cases


Functional Decomposition

Morphological Chart

Pugh Concept Selection


Mechanical Drawings


Assembly Notebooks



Test Plans

Analysis Results

Test Results

Design Review Documents

Technical Paper


Imagine RIT Exhibit


The Project team would like to thank the following individuals for their continued support and assistance: