Associate Professor, Department Head and Director
Mark Benden’s research interests are office worker obesity, classroom ergonomics and childhood obesity. medical device development and testing, and sedentary behavior intervention.
He is the chief executive officer of two faculty-led startups, PositiveMotion LLC and Stand2Learn LLC, and has licensed five different products to four different companies since becoming a faculty member. Benden's research interests are office worker obesity, classroom ergonomics and childhood obesity, medical device development and sedentary behavior intervention as they relate to healthy living, preventable diseases, ergonomics and workplace health.
Benden's career includes experience as an officer in the United States Army Reserve, inventor, rehabilitation engineer, ergonomics consultant, plant and corporate ergonomics engineer for Johnson & Johnson, and executive vice president for Neutral Posture.
His 25-year career in occupational safety and ergonomics has produced multiple processes, tools and devices to ease injury and illness risk. Benden holds 21 United States patents with several more pending. The expected lifetime economic impact of his designs exceeds $1 billion.
He has authored many articles, books and book chapters on ergonomics and has lectured for multiple professional groups throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, the Caribbean and Central and South America.
He is director of the Ergonomics Center at Texas A&M, a faculty fellow with the Center for Health Systems and Design at Texas A&M, and associate professor and head of the Environmental and Occupational Health Department in the School of Public Health at Texas A&M.
He earned a BS in bioengineering, and MS in industrial engineering, and a PhD in interdisciplinary engineering, all from Texas A&M.