Mark Benden, Ph.D., CPE

Mark Benden, Ph.D., CPE

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

Research Interests

  • Office Worker Obesity
  • Classroom Ergonomics and Childhood Obesity
  • Medical Device Development and Testing
  • Sedentary Behavior Intervention

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


For publications please visit Research Gate (

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.)