(5992) Nittler = 1981 DZ
Larry Nittler (b. 1969), a scientist at the Carnegie Institution of Washington, is well known for his innovative work on identifying presolar grains in meteorites and using them as probes of stellar processes. His work on the NEAR mission to (433) Eros helped provide the first chemical analyses of a minor planet.
estimated diameter: 6-12 km (assuming albedo range of 0.05 - 0.2)
Discovered 1981 Feb 28 by S. J. Bus at Siding Spring in the course of the U.K. Schmidt-Caltech Asteroid Survey.