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Mark E. Benden, PhD, CPE

Department Head and Associate Professor,
Department of Environmental and Occupational Health

Director of the Ergonomics Center

Component

School of Public Health

Specialties

population health, preventable diseases, healthy living
obesity, workplace health, ergonomics, standing desks
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Dr. Mark Benden

About Mark Benden

Mark E. Benden, PhD, CPE, is an associate professor and department head for the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at the Texas A&M School of Public Health, where he also serves as director of the Ergonomics Center. 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. Dr. 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.

Dr. 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. Dr. Benden holds 20 United States patents with several more pending. The expected lifetime economic impact of his designs exceeds $1 billion.

Dr. Benden received his Bachelor of Science in biomedical engineering, Master of Science in industrial engineering and doctorate in interdisciplinary engineering, all from Texas A&M University. He is a Certified Professional Ergonomist (#706).

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.

Vital Record news coverage

Texas A&M start-up company showcases standing desks on national stage

Stand-based desks featured at industry event in Washington D.C.

November 17, 2017

Texas A&M becomes a living laboratory for workplace health

Texas A&M School of Public Health will utilize Texas A&M employees to learn how to improve work environments.

September 6, 2017

Is sitting really 'the new smoking'?

It's not that simple.

August 22, 2017