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Faculty & Staff Honors

Faculty & Staff Honors

Texas A&M Benden Elected Senior Member by National Academy of Inventors

Dr. Mark Benden, head of the department of environmental and occupational health at the Texas A&M School of Public Health and director of the Ergonomics Center, has been elected to the rank of National Academy of Inventors (NAI) Senior Member. Dr. Benden will be recognized at the NAI Annual Meeting on April 11 in Houston, Texas.

Dr. Paul Sanberg, president of the NAI, stated Dr. Benden’s selection was based on “…your success in patents, licensing and commercialization and for producing technologies that have brought, or aspire to bring, real impact on the welfare of society,”

With a career spanning 25 years in occupational safety and ergonomics, Dr. Benden has produced multiple processes, tools and devices to ease injury and illness risk. Many of these devices are active projects protected by 21 United States patents with multiple patents pending. Sales of items with his patent numbers have totaled more than $500 million, and the expected lifetime economic impact of his designs exceeds $2 billion.