Mark E. Benden is associate professor in the The Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at Texas A&M University and director of the Ergonomics Center at the Texas A&M School of Public Health. His 25-year career in Occupational Safety and Ergonomics has produced multiple processes, tools and devices to ease injury and illness risk and improve comfort and productivity. Many of those devices created competitive advantage for his employers and many are still active intellectual property protected by 19 U.S. patents with multiple patents pending. Sales of those items carrying his patents have totaled more than $150 million and the expected lifetime economic impact of those designs exceeds $250 million. His career includes experience as an officer in the United States Army Reserve, rehabilitation engineer, ergonomics consultant, plant & corporate ergonomics engineer for Johnson & Johnson, and executive vice president for Neutral Posture. He also is CEO of two faculty-led startups; PositiveMotion LLC and Stand2Learn LLC. He is an experienced consultant and expert witness with clients including ExxonMobil, GSK, NOV, AON, Rubbermaid, Bechtel, Sysco, Conoco and Linak.
- PhD. Interdisciplinary Engineering Texas A&M University
- M.S. Industrial Engineering Specialization: Human Factors/Ergonomics Minor: Safety Engineering Texas A&M University
- B.S. in Bioengineering Specialization: Human Factors Texas A&M University