Mark Benden

Associate Professor (Courtesy Appointment)

Director of the Ergonomics Center

Department of Environmental and Occupational Health

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Office: 212 Adriance Lab Rd.
Phone: 979.436.9334
Fax: 979.436.9590

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Research Interests

Dr. Benden's research areas include office worker obesity and sedentary behavior, worker safety and ergonomics, classroom ergonomics and childhood obesity, medical device development and testing.

Awards & Honors

  • US Patent # 6,142,571- Ergonomic Footrest Apparatus for a Chair
  • US Patent # 6,220,663- Lumbar Pump Assembly for a Chair
  • US Patent # 6,296,312- Ergonomic Armrest Assembly
  • US Patent # 6,290,295- Air Pump Assembly for a Chair
  • US Patent # D458,777S- Onboard Instruction Guide
  • US Patent # D463,441S-computer Accessories and Mouse Deck
  • MALRC Fellow - Nov 2008
  • National Science Foundation - STEM Grant Reviewer Oct 2008
  • Industrial Advisory Board - member; TAMU ENTC department 2008
  • U.S. Top 10 Most Innovative Product Designer, Healthcare Design Magazine, June 2008
  • Buildings Magazine, Editor's Top 100 for 2007 - Ntune Seating System
  • Platinum ADEX award in the 2005-06 Awards for Design Excellence for NeXtepTM and BalanceTM Chair in the Design Journal
  • Platinum ADEX award in the 2004-05 Awards for Design Excellence for AbStoolTM in the Design Journal
  • Platinum ADEX award in the 2004-05 Awards for Design Excellence for StandUpTM in the Design Journal
  • Member, Canvass Committee for BSR/HFES 100 the proposed draft to the ANSI/HFS 100 - 1988 American National Standard for Human Factors Engineering of Visual Display Terminal Workstations (Issued Nov 2007 as new standard.)


  • Ph.D., Interdisciplinary Engineering, Texas A&M University
  • M.S., Industrial Engineering, Texas A&M University
  • B.S., Biomedical Engineering, Texas A&M University

Selected Publications

Benden M, "Creating the Painless Inspection Station," Ergonomics in Design, July 1994 PMID NA.

Benden M, Applied Ergonomics, Edited by Alexander & Rabourn, Taylor & Francis 2001. Chapter 35 – "Use of Three-Dimensional Fabric Yields Ergonomic Benefits in Upholstery Work."

Benden M, "Selecting Seating for 911 Communication Centers", Emergency Number Professional Magazine March 2007, Volume 25 Number 2. PMID NA.

Benden M, Pickens A; Measuring Office Ergonomics Training can Show Impact" Industrial Engineer, Sept 2009, Vol 41:No 9 PMID NA.

Benden, M, "Could You Stand to Lose? Weight Loss Secrets for Office Workers" 2nd Edition Trinity River Publishing, July 2008. ISBN 978-60402-234-6