Max was born in Fountain Hills, Arizona in 1992. He moved to New Mexico in 1996, where he attended high school at Albuquerque Academy. Graduating in 2011, Max began attending the University of New Mexico in the fall of 2011. He spent a year on the National Student Exchange at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo for 2012-13 and returned to spend the remainder of his undergraduate career at UNM. Max joined the Giri research group for the summer of 2015. When Max is not in the lab, he enjoys playing golf, skateboarding, cycling, and playing the guitar.