"Brilliant" new Anderson grad plans agriculture-based business

Dakota Welker, a member of the first graduating class of Purdue Polytechnic Anderson’s new building, has big things ahead of him, according to Corey Sharp, director of Purdue Polytechnic Anderson.

“He’s a brilliant kid,” Sharp said. “That kid is a rock. He’s just amazing.”

Sharp first met Welker when he was a shy, reserved student at Anderson High School. Welker joined the Young Entrepreneurs Academy to gain confidence giving speeches.

“His personal growth was fantastic,” said Sharp. “He has blossomed like you wouldn’t believe.”

Working with classmate Austen Metzger for their senior project, Welker built a prototype for an indoor hydroponic kitchen appliance for people who face food shortages due to problematic soil.

Welker has accepted an internship with D.D. Dannar, a Muncie-based tech startup. He hopes to start an agriculture-based business within a few years.

Read the full Herald Bulletin profile of Dakota Welker.