WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549

                                    FORM 8-K

                                 CURRENT REPORT
                     PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE
                         SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

          Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported) February 28, 2003

                               EMCORE CORPORATION

               (Exact name of registrant as specified in charter)

        New Jersey                   0-22175                  22-2746503
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     State or other               (Commission               (IRS Employer
     jurisdiction of              File Number)              Identification No.)

145 Belmont Drive, Somerset, New Jersey                              08873
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 (Address of principal offices)                                    (Zip Code)

Registrant's telephone number including area code     (732) 271-9090

(Former name or former address, if changed since last report) NOT APPLICABLE


On  February  28,  2003,  the  Board of  Directors  of EMCORE  Corporation  (the
"Registrant")  appointed  John M.  Gillen as a Director of the  Registrant.  Mr.
Gillen  has been a partner in the firm of Gillen and  Johnson,  P.A.,  Certified
Public  Accountants  since 1974.  Prior to that time, Mr. Gillen was employed by
the  Internal  Revenue  Service and Peat Marwick  Mitchell & Company,  Certified
Public  Accountants.  Mr.  Gillen will also serve on the audit  committee of the
Registrant's Board of Directors.


Pursuant  to the  requirements  of the  Securities  Exchange  Act of  1934,  the
Registrant  has duly  caused  this  report  to be  signed  on its  behalf by the
undersigned thereunto duly authorized.

                                       EMCORE CORPORATION

                                       By:  /s/ Thomas G. Werthan
                                            Thomas G. Werthan
                                            Chief Financial Officer
Dated:  March 11, 2003