• Associate Professor (Courtesy Appointment)
  • Director of the Ergonomics Center
  • Department Head, Environmental and Occupational Health, Texas A&M School of Public Health
Mark Benden

Educational Background

  • Doctorate of Philosophy, interdisciplinary engineering, Texas A&M University
  • Master of Science., industrial engineering, Texas A&M University
  • Bachelor of Science, biomedical engineering, Texas A&M University

Research Interests

  • • 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.)

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