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Mark Benden

Mark Benden

Department Head
Associate Professor
Ergonomics Center
Texas A&M Health Science Center

Mark E. Benden PhD CPE received his BS in BIEN, MS in IE and PhD from Texas A&M and is a Certified Professional Ergonomist (#706)   His career includes experience as an officer in the United States Army Reserve, inventor, Rehabilitation Engineer, an Ergonomics Consultant, plant & corporate Ergonomics Engineer for Johnson & Johnson, Executive Vice President for Neutral Posture and is currently at Texas A&M University, where he serves as Director of the Ergonomics Center and Department Chair for the Environmental & Occupational Health Dept within the School of Public Health.

He is the founder of two faculty led startups; PositiveMotion LLC and Stand2Learn LLC and has licensed sevem different products to four different companies since becoming a faculty member in 2008. His 30-year career in Occupational Safety and Ergonomics has produced multiple processes, tools and devices to ease injury and illness risk.  Most of those devices are still active IP protected by 22 US Patents with multiple patents pending. Sales of those items carrying his patent #’s have totaled over $750 million and the expected lifetime economic impact of those designs exceeds $2 Billion.  His most recent startup was acquired in 2018 by Varidesk after a five year run up with millions of dollars in sales.  More than 500,000 children have used his desks in all 50 states and 25 countries and his company was profitable in one year with year-over-year growth averaging more than 100%  under his leadership as CEO.  Awards for the success of his Stand2Learn startup include 2019 VET50 list at #35 & the 2018 Inc 5000 listing at #567 and #5 on the 2018 Aggie 100 List.  He is currently CRO for the Wellbeing Code, a startup focused on digital fingerprints for health gathered from mouse and keyboard use that includes symptom detection of viral infections.

Dr. Benden is the author of many articles, books and book chapters on ergonomics and has been called upon to lecture at multiple professional groups throughout the United States, Canada, Asia, Europe the Caribbean and Central and South America.  He has been married to his wife Teresa for 31 years and has 3 sons, 3 daughters in-love and 5 grandchildren.