Mark Benden, Ph.D.

Mark Benden, Ph.D.

Department Head/Associate Professor/Director of the Ergonomics Center

Environmental and Occupational Health
212 Adriance Lab Rd.
1266 TAMU
College Station, TX   77843-1266

Phone: 979-436-9334
Fax: 979-436-9590
mbenden@sph.tamhsc.edu

Research Interests

  • Office Worker Obesity
  • Classroom Ergonomics and Childhood Obesity
  • Medical Device Development and Testing
  • Rehabilitation Engineering

Teaching Interests

  • Human Factors
  • Safety Engineering
  • Process Safety Management
  • Ergonomics

Education and Training

Texas A&M University
Ph.D., Interdisciplinary Engineering

Texas A&M University
M.S., Industrial Engineering

Texas A&M University
B.S., Biomedical Engineering

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
  • Benden, M., Blake, J., " Wendel, M, Huber C., "The impact of stand-biased desks in classrooms on calorie expenditure in children" accepted for publication Nov 2010 AJPH.
  • Benden, M., Congleton, J.J., Fink, R., "An In-Situ Study of the Habits of Users that Impact Office Chair Design and Testing" Journal of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Feb 2011, No.1 Vol. 53.
  • Blake, J., Benden, M., Wendel, M., "Using Stand/Sit Workstations in Classrooms: Lessons Learned from a Pilot Study in Texas" accepted for publication Dec 2010 in the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice.

Specialty Training/Board Certifications

CPE-Certified Professional Ergonomist # 706

National Service/Recognition

  • 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
  • US 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.)