Willyan Hasenkamp was born on December 7th, 1980 in Cascavel/PR, Brazil. He received the Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from the Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS) in August 2005 with the dissertation "Relaxation of nanodeformations produced by ion bombardment on PMMA thin films" and the Master of Material Science from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS) in June 2007 with the thesis "AFM nanolithography applied on the creation of arbitrary surface nanostructures" both guided by Prof. Dr. Ricardo Meurer Papaléo.
In August 2007, he joined the Erasmus Mundus Master of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (EMMNano) and during his studies spend one year in Chalmers Tekniska Högskola and one year in the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. The thesis "Electrodeposition and Characterization of Iridium Oxide as Electrode Material for Neural Recording and Stimulation", promoted by Prof. Dr. Carmen Bartic, was carried out in the Bioelectronic Systems group at IMEC -- the largest European independent research center in nanoelectronics and nanotechnology.
In September 2009, he joined the Doctoral Program in Biotechnology and Bioengineering (EDBB) at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) -- Europe's number 1 university in the field of "Engineering/Technology and Computer Sciences" according the academic ranking of world universities 2009 -- under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Philippe Renaud.