BEL Company

The BEL is part of the BEL Company (BEL Co.) which was formed in 2017 to continue basic research on the human brain and cognition as well as to develop new neuroscience technologies with grant funding, including from the US Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. The BEL was formerly associated with EGI, which has now been acquired by Philips Neuro ( For two SBIR projects that Philips has released to BEL Co (one on next generation neuromodulation or GTEN technology and one on MR-compatible EEG technology), Philips has received a right of first refusal to products and technology arising from the grant. Otherwise, BEL Co is fully independent from Philips or any other large business. The BEL is continuing its long tradition of training University of Oregon students in research technologies, and preparing them for innovative applications in industry.

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Psychology professor is first from the University of Oregon named to inventors academy

Psychology professor is first from the University of Oregon named to inventors academy. You could call it a thinking cap, but Don Tucker's signature invention is really meant to capture brain waves, not inspire them. Tucker is a UO professor and inventor of the geodesic sensor net, a device that vastly simplified and improved the way researchers see and measure brain activity. It was such a revolutionary advancement that Tucker recently was named a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, becoming the first UO faculty member ever to receive the honor.


Photo of Don Tucker at oroginal Brain Electrophysiology Laboratory location.

Don M. Tucker has been a faculty member in the UO Department of Psychology since 1984. He founded the Brain Electrophysiology Laboratory in the basement of Straub Hall. The lab went on to develop new technologies for brain mapping, including the geodesic sensor net. In 1992 he founded Electrical Geodesics Inc..